In this week's Bean Report, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) Production Specialist Jennifer McCombe-Theroux gave an update on crop progress.
"For soybeans, we are at the R5 to R6 staging, where seeds are continuing to fill in the upper most pods, with some having full seed. Soybean aphids continue to be present in fields at varying thresholds. If your soybeans are at R6, the full seed stage, research has shown yield loss from aphids to be minimal. If you're not at R6, continue to monitor for soybean aphids, as well, those aphids predators. Rain can also reduce populations, so if you did receive some recently, this can also help."
McCombe-Theroux also commented on field peas.
"In terms of field peas, there was a wide range of seeding dates, soil types, and drainage. We are seeing variability in staging and harvest timing. Some peas are at full maturity and desiccation and harvest is underway in parts of the province. Some peas are still at R5, the beginning maturity stages. Many fields we're seeing areas of the field with better drainage maturing faster than lower areas, which are holding on and staying green for longer. These sunny, warm days ahead will help maturity progress, with growers considering desiccation options and harvest."
She touched on dry beans as well.
"In terms of dry beans, they're ranging from that R7 to R8 staging, so full seed to beginning maturity. We are seeing bacterial blight on leaves and pods, along with late season white mould in some fields. The next item on dry bean growers' mind is harvest and getting ready for undercutting, swathing, or desiccation. Faba beans are at R5 to R6, that's full pod to beginning maturity staging. Lygus bugs have been confirmed in some faba bean fields, and their sucking mouth parts pierce pods in seeds and will make pinholes in the seed coat. This does not affect yield, but seed quality is affected."
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