Food-grade soybean acres could expand in the west

Often thought of as an Ontario crop, some Manitoba farmers are showing an increased interest in growing food-grade soybeans.

What does it take to grow identity-preserved beans?  For that answer, we go to Sandy Hart, business manager at Sevita International.

Food-grade soybeans are a premium product and require extra care and attention from planting, in the field, through to harvest, and in storage, but farmers are rewarded with a price premium.

Hart explains that, yes, weed control can be a challenge, given that food-grade beans are non-GMO, but careful planning and building off of a significant agronomic knowledge base makes growing the crop an option even for Manitoba.

Canada is a world leader in food-grade beans, and Hart says that continued work and improvement on genetics is key to further expand acres in Canada, especially in the west.

Listen to the full discussion with Hart, here:

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