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Straight-cutting canola growers urged to be patient on desiccant spray

Producers may be chomping to get the crop off the field, but experts say an early desiccant application in canola might mean loss of quality

Don’t jump the gun on canola desiccation. The growing number of farmers who are straight cutting canola are once again pondering the right time to cut off their growing season, a decision that Canola Council of Canada agronomist Angela Brackenreed says is always difficult, even for experienced producers. Lionel Kaskiw, farm production adviser with Manitoba […] Read more


Putting class theory into soybean field practice

The University of Manitoba has introduced a new hands-on field course designed to introduce research principles to help second-year diploma students apply learning from their first year of study

Students studying agriculture at University of Manitoba took their studies outside this summer as participants in a first-ever course being offered those in their second year of the agriculture diploma program. The field class is instructed by pulse crops expert and U of M’s faculty of agricultural and food sciences’ agronomist in residence Kristen MacMillan, […] Read more



How deep is too deep when chasing moisture for soybeans?

A University of Manitoba researcher thinks there should be more attention paid to soybean seeding depth

Soybean growers may have been tempted to dig deep for seeding this year, but University of Manitoba researcher Kristen MacMillan says the data may not back up that practice. The Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers puts ideal seed depth between three-quarters of an inch and an inch and a half below the soil surface. Dry […] Read more


Sclerotinia a moving target this season

Farmers faced a tougher than normal choice on whether to spray for sclerotinia this year

Whether to spray canola for sclerotinia is always a challenging choice, but this year was harder than usual. Dry soil gave little room for the disease to germinate early in the year through much of Manitoba, leaving producers to wonder if a spray pass was worth the expense, says Angela Brackenreed, of the Canola Council […] Read more



Prairie soy sector standing still

The budding soybean industry in Western Canada is suffering from lack of local processing

Western Canada’s soybean sector is experiencing its chicken-or-egg moment. Production has grown quickly over the past several years, but still nobody has stepped forward to build a soybean crush plant in the region, according to Ron Davidson, executive director of Soy Canada, even though the economics are now in support of it. He told the […] Read more


Flea beetles on canola leaf

Ideal flea beetle weather hits canola fields hard

Flea beetle damage has been enough to tip the scales for some producers considering reseeding their canola

Canola growers are reaching for the insecticide or, in some cases, extra seed after a spring that has been friendly for the flea beetles, but less than optimal for the crop. Justine Cornelsen, western Manitoba agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, says she has heard some farmers intending to reseed after their first […] Read more



Are you rolling soybeans for the sake of rolling?

Rolling soybeans has some benefits, but also a downside

To roll or not to roll? For soybean growers, ‘tis the question. It’s become the standard strategy to keep dirt and rocks out of the combine come harvest, but Manitoba Agriculture says it may be time to take a second look at the practice. “We want to reduce earth tag,” Terry Buss, pulse specialist with […] Read more


Thin canola stands mean less margin for error for flea beetles

The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network warns that farmers may want to spray once flea beetles start eating a quarter or more of cotyledon leaf space

The flea beetles are out, and Manitoba Agriculture is reminding farmers to keep economic thresholds in mind when scouting their canola. Manitoba Agriculture oilseeds specialist Dane Froese says beetle management might need some adjusting, depending on crop emergence. At the same time, dry conditions have farmers casting a careful eye on stand numbers. Froese had […] Read more



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Don’t panic over lack of Chinese soy demand

Chinese demand for U.S. soybeans has slowed significantly in the past couple of weeks, worrying some market participants that this is a hint of things to come. But perhaps they have forgotten that sluggish Chinese business is normal this time of year. It is possible that Chinese importers are aggressively avoiding U.S. beans at the […] Read more


Soybeans raise tillage issues

As the low-residue crop creeps into new areas, new techniques are needed

Agriculture researcher Yvonne Lawley doesn’t want Manitoba farmers to rethink soybeans — she wants them to consider techniques to incorporate them into their production system more safely. The University of Manitoba professor says the crop’s earned a reputation as a soil buster, and at times that’s warranted. But they also bring a lot to the […] Read more