Wheat harvest is 10 days earlier for many Ontario wheat growers, and that opens a window of alternative to plant double crop soybeans. However that window will shut shortly.
In relation to double cropping success, there are many greatest administration practices to think about. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs soybean specialist Horst Bohner says planting date is crucial 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.
Primarily based 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,” notes 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 provides additional context for growers to mull over as they ponder double cropping: 15 bushels at $18 is nearly as good as 30 bushels at $9.
Johnson recommends growers taken with 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 observe, discusses whether or not double crop soybeans are a good match for your farm and the 5 keys to success — from planting date and seeding price to selection choice.
Johnson and Richter recorded the sequence in a double crop discipline planted at Ian Matheson’s farm at Embro, Ontario. Within the third and remaining episode they go to the sector to examine the crop earlier than harvest to look at how the system carried out in 2016. (See the total video sequence under)
Soybean College — Double Cropping Half 1
Soybean College — Double Cropping Half 2
Soybean College — Double Cropping Half 3