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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


Discount reports put a new focus on soybean protein

Soybean producers are used to focusing on yield, but the new threat of discounts or rejection has some reconsidering where protein fits in their priorities

Calvin Penner suddenly has a new risk to contend with — the possibility his soybeans could be discounted or even outright rejected for low protein levels. Penner, who farms southeast of Elm Creek, says the threat’s a new one and makes him more aware than ever of the clauses contained within the contracts he signs […] Read more



Low-protein Manitoba soybeans in spotlight

A Malaysian buyer warns Manitoba soybeans need to have more protein to meet customer specs

A Malaysian soybean buyer, speaking at the Canadian Global Crops Symposium here March 27, had a strongly worded warning for Manitoba farmers about the low protein level of their 2017 crop. “This is very important, and you guys realize this because you can grow more (soy)beans, but if nobody wants them then what? So please, […] Read more


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Canada IP program for non-GM soybeans world’s best

But new competitors are trying to break into the market so Canada must stay vigilant

Canada has the best identity preserved program for non-GM (genetically modified) soybeans in the world. That’s what Neoh Soon Bin, managing director of Soon Soon Group, a Malaysian flour and oilseed-processing company, told the Canadian Global Crops Symposium here March 27. The quality of Canadian non-GM soybeans, used mainly in human food products such as […] Read more



Canola Growers kick-starts cash advance program

Earlier applications, better service and lower costs on offer this year

The Canadian Canola Growers Association is reminding farmers 2018-19 cash advance applications are now available. CCGA says it’s giving farmers a jump-start on spring with the group’s earliest-ever pre-application period and a reduced administration fee for its Advance Payments Program. “Many farmers take advantage of an intended seeded advance, which provides them with cash flow […] Read more


Temperature can give insight on water mould risk in soybeans

Soil temperature and disease pressure combine when targeting early-season water mould problems

Keep an eye on the soil temperature this spring to gain some insight into soybean water mould risks. Michael Wunsch, a professor at North Dakota State University, says having some idea of where temperatures are and what the near-term weather may hold is key to understanding the issue. He was speaking at the recent 2018 […] Read more



Perhaps more could’ve been done to address Richardson’s concerns

In hindsight rising council membership fees and declining commodity prices probably contributed to the grain company’s decision to leave, says canola council chair

In hindsight the Canola Council of Canada might have been able to do more to address Richardson International’s concerns with the rising cost of council membership, council chair David Dzisiak told reporters March 8. Dzisiak told reporters following the council’s annual general meeting that an agriculture sector downturn has everyone looking harder at the bottom […] Read more


Canola council reviewing priorities

Richardson withdrawal prompts soul-searching session at AGM

Outside the Canola Council of Canada’s annual business meeting March 8 there were palm tress, cacti and deep-blue Kodachrome skies offering a respite from Western Canada’s cold and snow. But inside was an elephant, acknowledged, but never named, called Richardson International. The nod came when council president Jim Everson announced the council is reviewing its […] Read more



Manitoba poised to meet advancing soybean cyst nematode

The pest’s arrival is imminent if it hasn’t happened already

A microscopic parasitic roundworm that’s the top soybean yield robber in the U.S. is already present on the Manitoba-North Dakota border and the province is readying for its imminent arrival. Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is often cited for causing approximately US$1 billion in U.S. soy production losses every year, and it’s that kind of devastation […] Read more


VIDEO: As rail service declines, some canola crushers forced to sit idle

*[UPDATED, Mar. 12, 2018] Poor rail service is forcing some Canadian canola crushers to shut down temporarily, costing them millions of dollars in lost capacity. Manitoba Co-operator reporter Allan Dawson spoke with Canadian Oilseed Processors Association executive director Chris Vervaet about the issue March 8 during the Canola Council of Canada’s annual general meeting in […] Read more