Soybeans and canola are proving to be exceptional crops for many local farmers this harvest season.
"We’re certainly not complaining," said Reg Dyck, who farms near Starbuck.
Dyck grew soybeans on about one-third of his farmland, and is getting average yields of about 40 to 50 bushels per acre. Despite soybean prices having dropped over the past year, he’s pleased with this year’s harvest.
He added that his canola yield is "surprisingly good," though he declined to say exactly how large the crop was.
A recent provincial government report showed a 30 to 70 bushel per acre range for canola harvested across Manitoba.
According to the Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), Manitoba farmers planted over a million acres of soybeans this year, which will result in revenue of about $236 million.
A statement from KAP, stated that revenue from soybeans is a significant portion of the anticipated $4-plus billion in farm cash receipts – for both crops and livestock – expected in the province.
KAP president Doug Chorney said it’s not only farmers who will benefit from the good harvest, as suppliers, transportation companies, equipment dealers, and financial and marketing consultants depend on agriculture for much of their income.
"There are jobs in each of these sectors — as well as in food processing, food retailing, banking, government services and research — that are dependent on agricultural activities. The provincial government, in fact, estimates that 62,000 Manitobans are employed directly or indirectly as a result of farming," said Chorney.