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VIDEO: Bean development in Manitoba

Lower temperatures early in the season have slowed growth to some extent

So, how are soybeans and dry beans faring in Manitoba this crop season? At the recent Crop Diagnostic School, Dennis Lange, provincial pulse crop specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, offers what he’s seeing in terms of crop development in the province, the impact that weather has had for growers so far this year, and what options

Manitoba Agriculture pulse specialist Dennis Lange is suggesting farmers check their soybean fields for mature, green-seeded soybeans and if the percentage is high consider delaying harvest and also consulting with buyers.

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


Manitoba Agriculture pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange, seen here assessing soybean maturity Sept. 14, 2017 at the Morden Research and Development Centre, estimates soybean crops are maturing about two weeks earlier than last year due to the dry and hot growing conditions most of the summer.

Manitoba soybean maturity two weeks earlier than normal

Dry, hot weather has resulted in more salinity in some fields hurting soybean yields

Dennis Lange started rating various soybean varieties for maturity Aug. 20 and the same day he heard some soybeans were harvested near Roland. “On average I would say we’re about two weeks earlier than normal based on when I normally start maturity ratings in the plots,” Lange, Manitoba Agriculture’s pulse crop specialist, said in an

Manitoba soy growers likely face light yields

CNS Canada — Manitoba soybeans will be ready for harvest well ahead of normal, provincial pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange said, fresh from fields where he was conducting maturity ratings. He said he was out around Morris on Tuesday and some soybean varieties there are already nearing full maturity. Throughout Manitoba, farmers could be taking

Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba beans podding, flowering

CNS Canada — A lack of moisture continues to plague Manitoba’s edible beans, but according to one specialist, the crop should still enjoy another strong year. “Most areas have gotten just enough rain to keep things in good condition,” said provincial pulse specialist Dennis Lange. The Winkler region, long considered a major planting area for


Manitoba’s soybean growers are facing protein-related discounts from some buyers. 

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


Community leaders, agriculture representatives and researchers discuss whether a southwestern soybean-processing plant is viable and what it might look like during a Nov. 16 conference at Brandon University.

Southwest boosters continue to pitch soy plant

A local development group continues to hope it can draw a global soy processor to southwestern Manitoba

The Western Opportunities Leadership Group (WOLG) says Manitoba’s explosive soybean-acre growth makes a processing plant viable. The crop has spread rapidly west and north over the last 10 years, into regions traditionally considered too cold. The potential facility drew industry, university researchers, local farmers and community leaders to Brandon University Nov. 16 for a day-long


Manitoba bean producers faring well following harvest

Weaker Canadian dollar is offsetting the effects of a weakening in the bean market

After a decent dry bean harvest in Manitoba the market is quieting down as the crop begins to ship to the American and Mexican markets. “We’ve had active movement here right at harvest time… during the next four weeks we’ll see it quiet down over the Christmas period,” said Grant Fehr, market segment manager for

Growers of soybeans and other pulse crops need to know both if nodules are present in acceptable number, and if they’re functioning properly.

Choosing the right inoculant strategy

After some disappointing results this season, one pulse crop specialist says it’s time to take a hard look at these practices

Manitoba Agriculture pulse crop specialist Dennis Lange says it’s a good time to think about just what’s the right approach regarding inoculants for pulses. “This year I’ve had a few calls on peas and soybeans from western Manitoba where they are finding very poor nodulation,” Lange told the Co-operator in a recent interview. He says