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Weed management in edible beans is challenged by various factors, including the availability of broadleaf herbicides.

Weeds in edible beans

Growers know about weeds in corn and soybeans, but dry beans demand a strategy of their own

In farming circles, where commodity prices and net returns dictate much of the crop plans in a growing season, the rationale for choosing alternative crops can hinge on a number of factors. The need for different equipment, different diseases that might have an impact on the crop, shipping costs and the so-called “convenience” of some […] Read more

4R comes to Ontario agri-retail

New certification program will even mean some third-party auditing for farmers

If the agri-food industry wasn’t already keenly aware of a change in attitudes, the past three years have dramatically shown that the eyes of the world are upon us, particularly when it comes to environmental stewardship. A recent court ruling against Monsanto has only served to add fuel to a fire that includes nutrient run-off […] Read more


It’s not possible to weather-proof soybeans but it is possible to give them every opportunity to meet their genetic potential, in spite of various stresses.

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Higher yields begin with enhanced management practices, which means continuous learning

In recent growing seasons, the disparity between corn and soybeans has been getting harder to ignore. The frustration has been getting harder to ignore too. Why can’t farmers raise their soybean yields as quickly and as reliably as their corn? There’s little debate that corn yields have advanced greatly in the past 20 years, to […] Read more

“When we sit around the board table today, everyone has a say.” – Adam Ireland, Teeswater, Ont.-area farmer.

Looking ahead to farming’s future investment

For Adam Ireland, farming means more than just growing a crop, it’s doing things the right way

These days, describing what it means to be a farmer is almost as challenging as, well, being a farmer. Part science, part art form, the job description also requires an expert understanding of agronomy, commodity markets, weather, emerging trends and technologies, consumer demand, environmental issues… the list goes on and on. And as if that’s […] Read more


Cupping of soybean leaves is a clearly visible symptom of off-target movement of dicamba that resulted from inversion.

Soybeans, dicamba and you

New challenges are arising with new herbicide-resistant technologies and product blends

When new transgenic and herbicide-tolerant technologies arrive, they come with learning curves, some steeper than others. For Bt corn hybrids, for example, the curve was relatively flat, even if there had to be some serious thinking that about refuge planting. And in glyphosate- and glufosinate-tolerant soybean varieties, there may have been initial concerns about having […] Read more

Despite several years of successful winter grazing, Mike Buis has a Plan B of also baling a cover crop blend to have in reserve if weather doesn’t co-operate.

Another cover crop bonus – winter grazing

This Ontario producer lets the cows do the work, meaning benefits for both him and his crop-growing neighbour

Cover crops have caught on like wildfire for corn producers in the U.S. and Eastern Canada, mainly because of their benefits for soil health. But some producers have found another bonus — a source of feed for grazing cattle. Mike Buis has been doing it for about 15 years, seeing the overall benefits in animal […] Read more


What’s this about blockchains?

The opportunities for agriculture and farming are amazing. It’s time to get learning

For over a decade, farmers have been told that a systems approach will bring greater efficiency to their farms. Quality assurance, nutrient management plans, environmental farm plans, big data, precision ag — they’ll all help increase efficiency and might even improve profitability. In the past six months, a new phrase has exploded into the business […] Read more

The term IP is now being used more to refer to traceability of the soybean and less in its food-grade status.

The export perspective on soybeans

The window is open for producers and the trade alike, but be forewarned. As our experts tell us, not all markets provide the same opportunities for IP growers

When looking into how soybeans get traded around the world, the important thing is to keep it all in perspective. In fact, nothing is more important. But that’s not to say it’s easy. On the U.S. side, there are plenty of challenges, thanks mostly to the political upheaval of the last couple of years and […] Read more


“There are also regions that are hit more frequently and much harder.” – Horst Bohner, OMAFRA

White mould in soybeans hits back

Vigilance is needed for a disease that’s still on the rise in many parts of Canada

Ask any grower about their soybean crop and the discussion might lean in a number of directions. It might turn to managing tough or resistant weed species in Eastern Canada, or the growing opportunities for the crop in Western Canada. If and when talk turns to diseases and pests, it’s more likely to concentrate on […] Read more

Trying to overcome Canada fleabane via breeding is the target of many researchers and breeders.

Better herbicide tolerance

Better technologies are coming, but we’ll need patience and shrewd management until they arrive

Count off the many challenges facing a farmer in any growing season and outside of weather conditions, the biggest impediment has to be weed management, particularly as it relates to herbicide tolerance. In spite of the importance of varietal or hybrid selection and fertility, and the potential for yield losses from insect pests and diseases, […] Read more