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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



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