Soybean outlook: Weather or not

Erratic weather may have made soybeans susceptible to dry conditions this fall

Things are looking bright for Manitoba soybeans at the moment, but there is still time for weather to scuttle the crop.

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers association executive director Francois Labelle told attendees at the organization’s recent field day there’s been some moisture challenges, but overall the crop looks good.

“Generally they’re looking really good and most people are talking, saying they are very pleased with the crop and so on,” Labelle said, speaking at the Morden AAFC research station last week. “Still too early to tell for certain though, being we’re still a month away from harvest.”

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He said weather, like always, will be the determining factor but added that even determining what weather is the right weather is difficult this season.

“I don’t know if you can order the perfect weather today for it, because there’s a number of issues,” said Labelle. “No. 1, everyone wants to see it dry so that when the crops are ready to come off they’ll come off. And one of the concerns that is being expressed already, is some of these crops might not have an extensive root system because of the excess moisture.”

It that’s the case, the type of dry weather some other crops need for harvest might leave soybeans with underdeveloped roots running out of moisture.

“So I don’t know if we can order the right weather anymore,” he said. “This year’s been so erratic and so wild that we’ll have to wait and see.”

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Shannon VanRaes is a journalist and photojournalist at the Manitoba Co-operator. She also writes a weekly urban affairs column for Metro Winnipeg, and has previously reported for the Winnipeg Sun, Outwords Magazine and the Portage Daily Graphic.

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