Let’s just call 2013 the year of the soybean in Western Canada and be done with it, OK? It would seem each of the Prairie Provinces has fallen in love with the crop and, if the spring weather permits, there will be a large increase in acres this year. But should there be? There are most certainly areas of Alberta where soybeans may be a good option, just as certainly as there are areas that are not, says Patrick Fabian, a seed grower from Tilley, Alta.
In this video filmed at Farm Tech ’13, Fabian spells out where in the province soybeans may fit, where they will not, why that is and where farmers can look for trials this summer. Fabian notes that there are several pulse options for the prairies — not just soybeans — many of which are much better suited to the soil, climate and specific growing regions, so keep that in mind as you finalize seeding plans this spring.
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