With the winter wheat crop advancing shortly and soybean costs hovering round $18, there’s lots of chatter in Ontario about double cropping soybeans in 2021.
The subject commanded the eye of agronomists, researchers and agribusiness reps for nearly 20 minutes at this week’s digital Ridgetown Agribusiness assembly. With the celebs aligning, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs soybean specialist Horst Bohner acknowledged that growers could be taking a look at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I think this will be the biggest double crop year we’ve ever had if the weather is half decent with respect to getting the wheat off,” mentioned Bohner. Based mostly on previous expertise, he says growers can anticipate between 20 and 30 bushels per acre “if the fall is good.” There’s threat — growers can harvest 40 bushels or they’ll additionally harvest nothing, cautions Bohner.
“It is a high risk activity — you need a really good September and you need lots of sunshine,” famous AGRIS C0-op agronomist Dale Cowan. “But you can’t help yourself at $18 beans. You have to take the risk.”
RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson added additional context for growers to mull over as they ponder double cropping: “15 bushels at $18 is as good as 30 bushels at $9.”
On the subject of double cropping success, there are many finest administration practices to think about. For Bohner, planting date is an important issue. Relying on geography, he says July 1 ought to be the goal planting date. Daily after that may value growers one bushel of yield potential. Which means growers planting on July 15 have misplaced 15 bushels, mentioned Bohner.
Johnson recommends growers excited about double cropping to take a look at a RealAgriculture Soybean College video sequence he recorded a number of years in the past with Syngenta agronomist Eric Richter. On this three-part sequence, Richter, who spent years working with growers dedicated to the apply, discusses whether or not double crop soybeans are a good match in your farm and the 5 keys to success — from planting date and seeding fee to selection choice.
Johnson and Richter filmed the sequence in a double crop area planted at Ian Matheson’s farm at Embro, Ontario. Within the third and remaining episode they go to the sphere to examine the crop earlier than harvest to look at how the system carried out in 2016. (See the total video sequence beneath)
Soybean College — Double Cropping Half 1
Soybean College — Double Cropping Half 2
Soybean College — Double Cropping Half 3