The saying “rain makes grain” was certainly true for soybeans in 2018. Above average rainfall in late July and August resulted in the highest provincial yields on record.
In 2013, Manitoba Agriculture soil fertility extension specialist John Heard brought Yvonne Lawley, a University of Manitoba cropping systems researcher, out to tour some soybean fields in Manitoba’s Red River Valley.
The patent on the first-generation Roundup Ready soybean trait expired in 2011, leaving the temptation for growers to save their own seed or purchase bin-run seed from others. However, using bin-run Roundup Ready soybean seed comes with agronomic and legal implications.
Most nitrogen-fixing bacteria in commercial soybean inoculants originate from subtropical regions, just like soybeans themselves. But are subtropical inoculants really the best choice for Canadian soybean production? Recent research shows some native Canadian bacteria are much better nitrogen fixers for our short-season soybean cultivars.
“Our growing conditions in southern Saskatchewan are different than the traditional soybean growing areas, and even different from some of the soybean areas in Manitoba. We wanted to see if the seeding recommendations in Manitoba would work here,” Holzapfel says.
Rolling soybean fields immediately after seeding is not new. This practice has taken place in Ontario for many years to manage stones and improve harvestability. But in some years, there’s a rain or some other reason why we can’t roll right after seeding.
Put another $8.20 per acre in your pocket with a simple adjustment. Slow down. Add an air reel and save $12.50 per acre. Those are the findings of a recent Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) research project that looked at soybean header losses.  
Strip till offers several benefits to soybean growers on heavy residue stubble. A key benefit on sandy loam soils is leaving residue on the soil surface to protect against soil erosion by the wind – an occurrence in recent years after snow melts on tilled soils.
A major research project called SoyaGen is tapping into the power of genomics to really boost Canadian soybean breeding advances.
Extreme yields in soybean production grab headlines, but growers would probably benefit more from a different management approach, says Seth Naeve, associate professor and extension soybean agronomist at the University of Minnesota in St Paul.
Soybean production is intensifying across Western Canada, and for producers, managing herbicide-resistant volunteer canola populations can be challenging. Volunteer canola is one of the top abundant weed species in Western Canada and can be very competitive in all soybean crops.
Small but mighty, soybeans are hard to overlook. Canadian farmers have been planting soybeans for more than 70 years, and their popularity continues to grow: producers in Canada planted 6.3 million acres in 2018, according to Statistics Canada, with Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan leading the way as the country’s…
Dry conditions across Ontario have amplified moisture stress, nutrient deficiency symptoms, insect feed and disease symptoms in soybeans, according to OMAFRA's latest field crop report. 
Soybean seeding is nearing completion in most areas of Manitoba, with germination and emergence of soybean crops well underway. Dry bean planting is approximately 30 per cent complete, and field pea planting is now wrapped up, according to the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers Bean Report. | READ MORE
Until recently, iron (Fe) deficiencies in field crops in the prairies were mostly unheard of until soybean acreages began to expand. In Saskatchewan, with the growing acreage of soybeans, iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) began to show up in some soybean fields under certain soil and environmental conditions.
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