2016 Soybean Test Weights Low?

Although we have not seen many soybeans into our elevator so far – I have noticed that the test weights are low.

Typically we see test weights approaching and exceeding 75 kg/hl however the early soys coming in have been struggling to break 70.

This puts some beans at risk of not making grade 2. (around 68 kg/hl).  Here is a link to the official guide:  http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/oggg-gocg/20/oggg-gocg-20f-eng.htm

Potential causes for this can be – harvesting early, possibly, also the large size of the bean tends to diminish the test weight.  While we don’t typically see soybean test weights rise going into harvest this year may be an exception.  We shall see.