Some Useful Research Highlights From the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation

By Geoff Geddes Soybean farmers can harness the latest research to help them battle the elements and give their seeds a fighting chance. A leading source of such research is the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF), a non-profit organization based in Saskatchewan whose mission is to promote profitable and sustainable agriculture by facilitating research… Read more

New Two-Trait Soybeans Mean Cleaner Fields and Higher Yields

By: John Dietz With Monsanto’s new Xtend trait in soybeans coming to the market, are there things that growers need to know about applying dicamba? Once upon a time, perfect weed control became possible – Monsanto put a trait for glyphosate-resistance into canola, then corn, then soybeans and cotton.  In the bigger scheme of things,… Read more

Soybean Fungicide Application Needs to be Considered on a Case-By-Case Basis

By Shari Narine “As soybean interest grows in the west and as growers get more familiar with the bean and want to try different things, I think there is the possibility of using fungicides in the future,” says Doug Fotheringham, Syngenta’s agronomic service representative for Manitoba. “There’s a lot of talk about high management soybeans… Read more

The Importance of Scouting Your Soybean Crop

By Shari Narine Crop scouting soybeans is about protecting your investment. “It’s a large investment you’re putting in the ground. In order to maintain that yield potential you need to make sure that you are employing the right pest management practices. So it’s maintaining and building your yield potential and also going back to the… Read more

Be Prepared – Scouting for Soybean Aphids Can Be Profitable

By John Dietz Soybean aphids have blown in on summer winds to become a serious problem a few times in Manitoba’s short history of growing soybeans. Although not known to overwinter in Manitoba, they could return this summer, says John Gavloski, entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture in Carman. Whether they get to pest levels depends on… Read more

Know What to do if White Mould Shows up in Your Soybeans

White mould in soybeans is not the concern in Manitoba and Saskatchewan as it is in Eastern Canada, but pulse crop experts for the west say it is only a matter of time. White mould, which is caused by the pathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, is spread readily through broadleaf crops and wet weather. “White mould… Read more

What to Know Before Signing a Grain Production Contract

By Andrea Hilderman Contracting is a way for growers to manage their marketing and pricing risks. An array of contracts are available and are, in theory, very simple. They are an agreement between two or more parties with consideration flowing both ways – in the case of a grain contract, the consideration that flows is… Read more

Weed’Em or Weep: Strategies for Soybean Growers to Stay Ahead of Weeds

Written By Geoff Geddes The early bird gets the weed hand on lowly weeds, Bryan Dion has a wealth of experience. An agronomist and co-owner of Jonair (1988) Limited near Portage la Prairie, Dion and his company specialize in aerial and ground application of pesticides as well as providing agronomic services for their clientele. “It’s really… Read more

Will We See More LibertyLink Soybeans in Western Canada?

Written By: Bruce Barker Roundup Ready soybeans have long ruled the roost in Canada and the U.S., but more and more growers are turning to LibertyLink soybeans – primarily to help manage herbicide resistance. All things being equal, including yield, that trend may develop in Western Canada as well. “We started to move to LibertyLink® soybeans… Read more