After blasting past the one million acre mark in 2013, many farmers in Manitoba wonder how high soybean acres can go in the province. And it’s no wonder — this long-season crop has steadily been picking up acres as average yields tick close to the 40 bushel an acre mark with strong prices. If you look at a map, however, you’ll see soybeans growing in some very non-long season growing areas. Are we risking a wreck by aiming for big acres?
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In this interview, Dennis Lange, farm production advisor with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, and RealAgriculture editor, Lyndsey Smith, discuss which crops have been losing acres to the crop, where the new acres would have to come from and what could stop the meteoric rise in acres cold.
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