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Statistics from the SCN Coalition indicate SCN resistance in Ontario fields is breaking down.

Soybean cyst nematode isn’t getting better

The latest numbers confirm what we already feared

Reading Time: 4 minutes How much more can be said about soybean cyst nematode that hasn’t been discussed or debated already? It the worst yield-robbing disease in soybeans. Its key resistance gene, PI 88788, has broken down both in Canada and across the U.S. Midwest. Once it is in your soil, there is no means of removing it, so […] Read more

U.S. corn exports falter, soybean business could meet same fate

Reading Time: 4 minutes Fort Collins | Reuters – It is no secret that overseas demand for U.S. corn has been downright terrible as of late, and relief does not seem likely in the immediate term as purchase commitments remain dismal. Forward sales for U.S. soybeans are nothing to brag about either, but soy exporters have enjoyed more success recently than […] Read more



University of Manitoba associate professor Yvonne Lawley and graduate student Virginia Janzen have just begun a trial at Carman Research Farm to assess the impact of different termination dates for a fall rye cover crop seeded with soybeans the following spring.

Seeding soybeans into rye

Green growth in spring helps to manage excess moisture, provides early-season protection from soil erosion, and also suppresses weeds

Reading Time: 5 minutes Grain farmers across Western Canada are showing interest in cover crops, but few have taken the step, as many North Dakota farmers have, of green-seeding soybeans in the spring into a fall rye cover crop. “The context of green seeding is to push that shoulder season fallow period out of the rotation by using annuals […] Read more


As much as companies have been communicating on stewardship, there are still issues in using newer technologies.

Are crop trait technologies simplifying your life, or complicating it?

Deciding how to use the technologies can turn into more of a challenge than deciding which of them to use

Reading Time: 6 minutes The arrival of a new herbicide-resistant technology is often greeted as an opportunity for growers and the industry. That isn’t really new. Roughly 30 years ago, Group 2 herbicides solved the problem of atrazine resistance, then LibertyLink and Roundup Ready technologies enabled growers to push beyond Group 2 resistance. Now that Xtend and Enlist systems […] Read more

Beijing’s refusal to order U.S. farm buys becomes pain point

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington/Beijing/Reuters – U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that Beijing commit to big purchases of American farm products has become a major sticking point in talks to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, according to several people briefed on the negotiations. Trump has said publicly that China could buy as much as $50 billion of U.S. farm […] Read more


If soybean diseases are getting worse, these Japanese beetles are part of the story.

Are soybean diseases getting worse?

In spite of all the year-to-year variations, some worrying trends are developing

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ask a dozen farmers, advisors or industry reps to identify the worst soybean disease this year and it’s possible you’ll get a dozen different replies. Much of it depends on location, but there are concerns that some diseases are increasing in severity, if not frequency or geographic area. Some of the headline diseases of 15 […] Read more

It’s not enough to say Canadian growers can compete; the regulatory system is in need of an upgrade.

Why farm innovation is faltering

Farmers are being left behind as they get squeezed between new regulations and consumer activism

Reading Time: 8 minutes The turn of the millennium was an amazing time to be involved in agriculture. Technologies like Roundup Ready, LibertyLink and Bt corn hybrids were in their infancy, with the promise of more to come from GMO labs. GPS yield monitors were new too, and the fledgling world of molecular “pharming” and “farmaceuticals” seemed to promise […] Read more


CBOT weekly outlook: Harvest activity drops commodities

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade were mostly lower Wednesday amid a slower news week and harvest activity putting pressure on prices. “We’ve had a quieter week,” said Steve Georgy of Allendale Inc. at McHenry, Ill. “The market starts to fall of its own weight as we’re in harvest season.” Harvest activity, […] Read more

CBOT weekly outlook: Corn, soy prices to continue climbing

Reading Time: 1 minute MarketsFarm — Prices on the Chicago Board of Trade will probably continue to climb, especially for corn and soybeans, according to Scott Capinegro of Barrington Commodities. “The basis remains strong and when the basis is strong, as far as I am concerned, that means the futures should be strong,” he said. Although CBOT bids have […] Read more