Manitoba soybean growers may get less for their soybeans because the early maturing varieties used may have reduced protein levels. | File photo

Low protein lowers price

Buyers of western Canadian soybeans are worried about protein. A few customers have expressed concerns about beans from Manitoba and Saskatchewan because protein levels in shipments have been below standard. Francois Labelle, executive director of the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association, said the protein issue has come up at industry meetings this winter. “It’s […] Read more

Buyers of western Canadian soybeans are worried about protein. | File photo

Lower protein a problem in prairie soybeans

Buyers of western Canadian soybeans are worried about protein. A few buyers have expressed concerns about beans from Manitoba and Saskatchewan because protein levels in shipments have been below acceptable levels. Francois Labelle, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers Association executive director, said the protein issue has come up at industry meetings this winter. “It’s just […] Read more

Fund buyers send soybean futures prices off kilter

CHICAGO, Ill. — Crop markets are not behaving as they should given the fundamentals, says an analyst. “There’s a lot of things going on in our markets that really don’t seem to make sense,” said Tregg Cronin, a farmer and broker from South Dakota. When that happens, he looks to the basis and spreads for […] Read more


VIDEO: Soybean pest headed our way

SUMMERLAND, B.C., RALEIGH, N.C. — What has been called the most destructive pest affecting soybean yields in the United States has a new nemesis — the enemy within. In effect, genetic material from the nematode is being turned against itself. Scientists at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., have used a gene targeting method known […] Read more

The U.S. Department  of Agriculture raised its already record forecast for U.S. corn and soybean harvests on Wednesday. | File photo

U.S. corn, soybean harvests bigger than expected — USDA

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its already record forecast for U.S. corn and soybean harvests on Wednesday, with gains keyed by increased yield estimates in major production states such as Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio. The market expected a soybean increase, but thought corn would be smaller. The bumper harvest […] Read more


Southern Ontario soybean and corn yields are just fine. | File photo

Soybean, corn yields high in Ontario, despite drought

Southern Ontario suffered through weeks of blazing heat and no rain this summer, causing many farmers to fret about crop yields. They shouldn’t have worried because soybean and corn yields are just fine. “If you’re basically west of Toronto, (soybean) yields turned out phenomenally. The high 50s (bushels per acre) and low 60s are quite […] Read more

The lack of moisture in Ontario is having an impact as many soybean fields look thin and patchy. | File photo

Drought threatens Ontario soybeans

A prolonged dry spell is threatening the soybean crop in parts of Ontario and rain is needed soon to salvage the growing season. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs reported this morning that crops around Simcoe, south of Brantford, have been hardest hit by the drought. “Only about 20 percent of soybean […] Read more

Western Soybean Company operations manager Mike Parsons stands on the catwalk near the load out facility at the plant located near Claresholm, Alta..  | Barb Glen photo

Plant sells livestock feed

CLARESHOLM, Alta. — When Mike Parsons goes home from his 12-hour shift every night, he smells like popcorn. It is the delicious odour that is produced at Western Soybean Co., the crushing plant where he is the operations manager. Parsons said any pleasure associated with the popcorn smell has long since faded, but he enjoys […] Read more


Western Soybean Co. operations manager Mike Parsons holds a handful of meal that has come through the process.  |  Barb Glen photo

Soybeans crushed in Alberta

CLARESHOLM, Alta. — It stands in plain sight along Highway 2 south of Claresholm, but the existence of Western Soybean Co. does not seem well known among Alberta farmers. Owned by the Granum Hutterite Colony, the facility has been buying soybeans, crushing them and selling the meal since June 2015. Joel Tschetter, a part owner […] Read more

Rain arrived at the right time for many soybeans this year.  |  File photo

Soybeans thrill growers in Sask. this year

Many producers didn’t get the advantage of a bumper crop because they were scared off by last year’s disappointment

Hindsight is always flawless and usually pointless. Still, Rob Stone would love to turn back the clock and take a bigger risk in May. “This is one of those years I wish I hadn’t tried 90 acres of soybeans. I wish I had a couple of thousand acres,” said Stone, who farms near Davidson, Sask. […] Read more