Soybean research in Saskatchewan pays off

December 1, 2020

We want to make a difference in the lives of family farmers across Canada. Here at Prograin, our goal is to provide the best possible soybean genes, carefully researched to be ideal for your specific region and climate. We’ve done extensive research on growing climates in Eastern Canada and have extended our research into the Western Canadian prairies.

Prograin has seen the way Saskatchewan farming practices are continually evolving. In summer,
bright yellow canola fields cover the landscape, but it hasn’t always been this way. Over the last 20 years, extensive research has gone into studying and growing canola in Saskatchewan, and the crop has been adapted to weather the ever-changing climate and resist pests and diseases. The time and dedication put into canola research on the ground has paid off, as the crop now thrives. This is the future Prograin wants for soybeans in Saskatchewan.

Over the last few years, we’ve been committed to active, hands-on research, working directly on-site alongside Saskatchewan soybean farmers. Rather than testing genes off-site and hoping they’ll grow in the prairies, our team works on-site to see exactly how our soybeans grow in this specific climate, which conditions lead to problems, and which conditions allow them to thrive.
Growing soybeans on the prairies means the seeds must be adapted to cooler weather, a drier
climate, and shorter growing seasons. Prairie weather can be unpredictable, so conditions will vary from year to year. For anything to grow in here, it needs to be hardy and adaptable. In order to develop the very best soybeans for Saskatchewan our Research and Development Team works diligently on the Canadian prairies to find the strongest breeds suited for this unique climate.

While research is still ongoing, farmers like Saskatchewan ambassador Jason Waldenberger have found Prograin varieties fit perfectly into his crop rotation. As our research continues, we hope to provide many more Western Canadian farmers with resources to introduce soybeans into their crops with confidence and success.

For more information on our Saskatchewan soybean research, visit Jason over on our Youtube