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Same sample, different grades for green seed soybeans

Farmers might want to shop around or get an official CGC grade

Farmers with green seeds in their soybeans should consider shopping their crop around to get the best grade, or get an official grade from the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The percentage of green seed in soybean the same samples sometimes vary widely between buyers, an industry official said Sept. 13. In one case three different […] Read more

MCGA members offered free blackleg testing

Follow these steps to find out more about the genetics

The Manitoba Canola Growers is offering its members a free blackleg gene test. Better gene classification will help growers match blackleg-resistant canola varieties to races of the fungus found in the field. Members can qualify for one free test each. MCGA is offering the tests, which ordinarily cost $200, under the Pest Surveillance Initiative, which […] Read more

Advice on green-seeded soybeans

Consider delaying harvest and talk to your buyers, says Dennis Lange

Grade-lowering levels of green seed is showing up in some of the soybeans being harvested in Manitoba. Manitoba Agriculture’s pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange is advising farmers who haven’t harvested to take samples to see if they have the problem and how bad it is. Those with green seeded soybeans should consider delaying harvest a […] Read more

Different harvest, different combine settings

Those combine settings may not be doing you any favours if you’re aiming for straight cut and they’re still set to swath

First-time canola straight cutters might want to take another look at their combine settings. “When we’re comparing picking up a windrow to straight cutting, we, again, want to kind of treat this like a different crop,” Angela Brackenreed of the Canola Council of Canada stressed during a recent Manitoba Agriculture webinar. “The same combine setting […] Read more

Frost hits canola. Do I swath?

Consider these scenarios in the event of a frost on your canola

With fall coming on strong and frost risk climbing, many canola growers are wondering what to do with standing canola. The Canola Council of Canada’s CanolaWatch has the following recommendations for before and after a frost. For canola that you’ll be swathing If frost is forecast, should you swath canola now or leave it standing? […] Read more

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