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Tips for rolling emerged soybeans

The best time is at the first trifoliate on a warm afternoon to limit damage

When rolling emerged soybeans timing is important, says Dennis Lange, pulse crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. Conditions need to be right to avoid crop damage. Soybeans shouldn’t be too young or too old and the air temperature should be at least 25 C and ideally closer to 28 C. Rolling, which is done to flatten […] Read more


Tips for assessing soybean plant stands

Thankfully there’s an app for that!

The Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) Bean App Plant Stand Assessor simplifies the following steps for more efficient recording, unit conversion and calculation of plant populations. The free app is available at the Apple Store or Google Play. A web-based app is also available at: http://mpgabeanapp.com/. Use a fixed area for solid-seeded crops seven […] Read more



VIDEO: CanolaPALOOZA comes to Manitoba

Canolapalooza made its second annual stop in Manitoba at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada grounds in Portage la Prairie on June 21. Hear what Manitoba Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford had to say about the event and what you can expect to see in an upcoming issue of the Co-operator.


Decision time on sclerotinia control in canola not far off

There’s lots to consider, including the value of the crop and the disease risk

In Manitoba the potential for major canola yield losses due to sclerotinia exists every year with weather being the main driver. Farmers will soon have to decide whether to apply a prophylactic fungicide or not. “The (sclerotinia) inoculum is always there (in Manitoba) so the part of the disease triangle to consider is the environment […] Read more



Minimal frost damage on canola after mercury dips

Canola-growing regions in Manitoba will largely recover from any damage suffered 
during a mid-May period of frost, agronomists say

The third week of May was a frosty one, but so far it seems the canola crop is largely fine. Producers are reporting minimal damage after temperatures dropped below freezing across the province for several successive nights. “Certainly, at this point it’s not a big concern,” David Van Deynze, MASC vice-president of insurance operations, said. […] Read more


Blooming rapeseed field at sunset

EU rapeseed in good shape despite early problems

Despite repeated frosts in Germany, production still seen above last year

Rapeseed crops in the European Union’s largest producers are in reasonable condition despite the double blows of drought and late-spring frosts, experts said May 18. A question mark remains over crops in the third-largest producer, Poland, where frosts in early May hit rapeseed at a vulnerable time as hundreds of thousands of hectares of yellow […] Read more



U.S. study questions neonics for soybean aphid control

The effectiveness of the insecticide has diminished by the time the plants 
are at the stage when the insects arrive

A multi-university study says that neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments have little effect on soybean aphid populations, as the pesticide has disappeared in plant tissue by the time the aphids arrive. The two-year study was a joint effort of Purdue University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, South […] Read more


Flax Council cautions on seed integrity

The group is worried more acres could see the return of Triffid

With the latest official acreage estimates showing a jump in flax acres across much of Western Canada, the Flax Council of Canada is urging caution. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s latest Seeded Acreage Report is expecting 1.1 million acres to go into the ground this year, putting pressure on seed supplies, and putting the integrity of […] Read more



StatsCan sees higher corn and soy acres in Manitoba

Statistics Canada’s seeding intentions report confirms, weather willing, 
there could be a 36 per cent jump in soy acres

Get ready to see more soybeans zipping by your truck window during trips to town this summer. According to Statistics Canada’s first Principal Field Crops report of the season, which looks at seeding intentions for the coming season, Manitoba’s soybean acres are expected to jump 34.6 per cent in 2017. Of the seven million soybean […] Read more