Sask. soybean yields looking high

After 15 years of growing soybeans Kevin Elmy may set a yield record this fall.

Elmy, who runs Friendly Acres Seed Farm near Saltcoats, Sask, began harvesting approximately 500 acres of beans Sept. 27.

With 60 acres complete, as of Sept. 28, he was averaging around 45 bushels per acre.

“We’ve been growing soybeans since 2000 and our average is 28 over those years,” said Elmy, who attributed the fantastic yields to ideal weather this summer and fall.

Elmy said soybean fields around Saltcoats look tremendous and most crops should yield well over 30 bu. per acre.

Reports from late August and early September indicated that soybean fields in most of eastern Saskatchewan were in excellent shape going into harvest,

If the crop reaches its potential, there is a chance that Saskatchewan yields could equal or exceed soybean yields in Manitoba.

Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture farm production adviser in Altona, said yields in Manitoba could be similar to last fall’s average of 34 bu. per acre.

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