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Final words on dicamba

The big concern for herbicide companies is to keep Xtend technology for years to come

In farming circles, 2017 may be remembered for a profound addition to our technology with the launch of the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean system and its companion herbicides, XtendiMax with VaporGrip technology and Engenia. Long anticipated, the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Crop System brings with it the potential to solve many issues with glyphosate-resistant […] Read more


The Xtend balancing act

Dicamba-resistant technology works, but it’s not simple and it requires more learning than glyphosate-tolerant systems

The 2016 growing season saw the advent of a new technology — Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, along with its herbicide companion, XtendiMax. The technology had been anticipated for more than five years, particularly by growers in the southern U.S. where resistant weed species and continual use of Roundup Ready soybeans and cotton have been […] Read more



Pest Patrol: Xtend soybeans, spray drift and controlling glyphosate-resistant fleabane

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

I want to plant Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans this season to control my glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane. But I keep hearing about the increased risk of drift with the dicamba-based herbicides. Is this fear mongering, or do I need to pay special attention when applying herbicides containing dicamba? We can learn a lot about the […] Read more


Pest Patrol: Enlist vs. Extend

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

What is the difference between Enlist and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, and how good are they at controlling glyphosate-resistant weeds? The key selling point of each new seed system is that they have tolerance to specific “auxinic” herbicides that traditionally have been used to control weeds in corn and cereals, and in theory should […] Read more



Dry weather weed control in IP soybeans

Weed control in IP soybeans is always a challenge. This year, it was nearly impossible… but not on all farms

Good weed control in Eastern Canada’s identity-preserved soybean fields this year appears to be just as patchy as the spring and summer rains, particularly in southern Ontario and parts of Quebec. Even Roundup Ready beans were slow to canopy in between rescue rains and required more in-season attention than usual. Then, as crops headed toward […] Read more


A place for community data

“Mining data isn’t a substitute for doing actual research,” warns seed company scientist

In the past five years, precision agriculture systems have begun providing an exciting opportunity to collect and pool data on factors ranging from yields to soil quality and beyond. Each data set offers greater insight into the characteristics of a field and its variability, or to its potential response to different treatments and management practices. […] Read more



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A year to watch soybean markets

Global soybean supplies are up, but demand is surging too. Any production hiccups could see new market spikes

Soybeans continue to amaze. While 40 and 50 years ago they were relegated to the deep southwest of Ontario, now they are grown increasingly across Canada. When you drive from Windsor, Ont., toward Quebec City, soybean fields dominate the landscape, while acreage climbs in the Prairie provinces as well. Simply put, soybeans are challenging the […] Read more


Get your soybeans planted early

If done right, planting soybeans early can boost yields

When farmers first began growing soybeans north of the border, the general recommendation was to wait until the May long weekend to plant. The advice was always to plant soybeans in your best field on the best day, and even then to cross your fingers. Since then research has consistently shown a yield benefit for […] Read more



Building on 255 years

On this Nova Scotia farm, the ninth generation takes a decidedly modern approach to soybeans

Two and half centuries is a long time for a family to be farming. But brothers Craig and Brian Newcombe are leveraging the latest cropping techniques and business smarts to build the farm for the 10th generation of Newcombes. Part of the ninth generation of Corn­wallis Farms near Port Williams, N.S., the Newcombes manage a […] Read more


Grow soybeans like corn

Increasing your management intensity with extra attention to weeds, pests, uniformity and canopy closure

Proponents of big yields often make the same observation. Whether it’s in corn with American record holders Francis Childs or Herman War­saw, or it’s in soybeans, with Dr. Gary Ablett at Ridgetown Campus once peg­ging our potential soybean yield at 250 bu./ac., the talk always turns to “attention to detail.” Yet what confounds Eric Richter […] Read more