Where IP Soybeans Fit on the Farm

Soybean flowerWith 2,500 acres of identity preserved (IP) soybeans in the ground, Sheppland Farms, based at Selkirk, Ontario, is one of the largest IP soy growers in Ontario.

For Scott Sheppard, who farms with his father and brother, IP soys have turned out to be a great fit for the farm. The heavy clay soil makes it challenging to grow corn so six years ago the Sheppards turned to a soy-soy-wheat rotation, relying primarily on IP soys to fill two of the three years in the rotation.

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While IP premiums tend to drive acreage numbers and grower interest, Scott says Sheppland Farms is strongly committed to the non-GMO soy market. Their facilities are set up to manage IP and they’ve forged strong relationships with service providers like Clarke Agri Service and Huron Commodities to get high-quality beans to Asian markets. They’ve also found strong varieties – OAC Kent and OAC Brooke – that perform well on their farm.

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