The Ontario soybean crop came through in the end, with an average yield of 45 bushels per acre, just below the 10-year average of 47 bushels per acre.
The 2019 growing season was challenging for Ontario farmers, with wet conditions at the start and end of the season. Growers planted soybeans later than usual, and more of them as they switched away from corn and into soybeans as it became too late to plant corn.
There were concerns that the soybeans wouldn’t have enough time to mature to significant yield.
However, Agricorp, the Ontario provincial crop insurer, reports that rain in August and a warm September helped the crop catch up, despite the late start.
Harvest was also delayed and challenging, but most of the soybeans were harvested before the end of 2019.
The average bushels per acres was no record, or even the average, but it wasn’t far off at 45 bushels per acre.
Agricorp reports that soybean customers of Agricorp have received $35 million in production insurance claims for yield shortfalls.