Tag: Shawn Brenneman

Soybean School: Have You Tested For SCN?

If you haven’t tested your soil for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) lately, it may be time to take a closer look. The yield-robbing pest is quietly expanding its traditional southwestern Ontario footprint to more northern areas of Huron County and as far east as Quebec. In this episode of Real Agriculture’s Soybean School, Syngenta agronomist… Read more »

Soybean School: Cyst Nematode Continues Trek Across Ontario

  Soybean Cyst nematode (SCN) was first identified in Ontario in 1998. Since then the pest has slowly and methodically trekked across the province and can now be found in most parts of Ontario. In this episode of Soybean School, Syngenta agronomist Shawn Brenneman and field biologist Marijke Van Andel discuss findings from a research survey… Read more »

Soybean School: New Tool to Fight the “Billion-Dollar Pest”

Heterodera glycines or soybean cyst nematode (SCN) was first identified in Ontario in 1987, after over 30 years in North America. It’s original introduction is believed to have occured in the late 1800s, when settlers brought soil from Asia to supply the proper bacteria for soybean root nodulation. “Of the ten major diseases of soybeans… Read more »

Soybean School: Seed Treatment Success— Custom Treating for Safety & Efficiency

A job worth doing is worth doing well, and if you’re treating soybean seed at home on the farm, you may be over or under applying product. There are custom seed treatment options available, on a field by field basis, that may become even more popular as new regulations come into force for next season…. Read more »

Soybean School: Inoculant Throwdown — A Small Thing with a Mighty Big Responsibility

Those with seasoned soybean ground may be tempted to skip the inoculant, but depending on the type of soil you have and what conditions were like last year, an inoculant investment now should payback in-season. As Shawn Brenneman, Syngenta agronomist and sometimes soothsayer, explains to RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin in this Soybean School, inoculant payback is… Read more »

Soybean School: The Theoretical Top End of Soybean Yields And How to Edge Ever Closer

Perhaps you’re already acquainted with the wild world of theoretical yields. A theoretical yield is a measure of the genetic potential a plant has, if absolutely nothing hampered yield — not the growing season, environment or pests. Can you guess what soybeans’ theoretical yield is? Roughly 350 bushels an acre. Outlandish? Well, it sort of… Read more »

Soybean School: Fall & Spring Tasks for Managing White Mould

A cool, wet summer has left many Ontario soybean fields with some level of white mould infection. The fuzzy white stem rot could be seen in patches across many fields by late summer, sometimes causing large areas of loss in a field. A key element of controlling or avoiding this disease is understanding how it… Read more »

The State of the Soybean Crop in Ontario — An Early Fall Update

The Real Agriculture team took in the sights and sounds of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show this week at Woodstock, Ontario, and if there was one thing in on the minds of farmers it was the approaching harvest season. There’s more than a little concern about the maturity of the corn and soybean crop, and significant disease… Read more »

Soybean School: Mid-Season Insect Scouting, Weed Escapes & Planning for Harvest

If soybean yield is made in August, what, if anything can farmers do to achieve those big yields? It starts with scouting, and leads to planning ahead, says Shawn Brenneman, with Syngenta. In this Soybean School episode, Bernard Tobin joins Brenneman in the field to talk weed escapes, the possibility of a pre-harvest application to… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks Ontario — Ep. 9: When to Switch To Lower CHU Hybrids

As May ticks away, farmers in Ontario continue to wrestle with difficult planting conditions. In this episode of the Agronomy Geeks Ontario podcast, Bernard Tobin and Syngenta agronomic sales manager Shawn Brenneman discuss the pace of #plant14 and the decisions farmers are facing. As of May 21, Brenneman estimates that 40 to 50 percent of… Read more »

Patience Will Pay a Premium at 2014 Planting

By Bernard Tobin With just over a week to go before spring (officially), Shawn Brenneman is lamenting the fact that his tractor spent more hours pushing snow this winter than 2013 spring field work and planting combined. With the end of Ontario’s long, cold winter finally within sight, Brenneman, Agronomic Sales Manager for Syngenta Canada,… Read more »

The Value of a Certified Crop Advisor, Plus How to Become One

Do what you do best and hire the rest, the saying goes. Agronomy, crop scouting and field diagnostics are a keen interest of many farmers, sure, but not everyone has the Guide to Crop Protection memorized. What’s more, field scouting takes time to do properly and typically needs to be done in a tight window…. Read more »

Wading Through Corn Trial Data — Think Local

If you’re like most, you spend a good chunk of the winter planning variety and hybrid selection for the next planting season (if you don’t, maybe do?). But if you look at the stack of shiny brochures all claiming to have the top variety, which do you choose? How do you know which is truly… Read more »

RealAg Crop Update Ontario: White Mould, Frost Risk & Stand Counts in Soybeans

The pre-harvest period is a great time to get a handle on what plagued (or is plaguing) the soybean crop this year, how well some of your management practices turned out and filling out the check list for late fall work and early season planning. In this Ontario soybean crop update, three agronomists — Dan… Read more »

RealAg Crop Update Ontario: The Threat of Frost Looms as the Countdown to Harvest Continues

This mornings frost warning had some Ontario farmer’s teeth chattering, but it wasn’t the cold that did it. Farmers in the certain counties of Ontario would be understandably nervous depending on how far along their corn crop is. Frost at the wrong time can take a sizeable bite out of your corn yield. Once temperatures… Read more »