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Farmers may switch from corn to soybeans this year

April 10, 2014, Ontario – A corn specialist says Ontario farmers will likely follow the lead of U.S. farmers and switch some fields from corn to soybeans this year.

Greg Stewart does not expect the amount of acreage to be dramatic, but says because corn is a more input-intensive crop, soybeans have the potential to be slightly more profitable this year.

Stewart also points out there could be problems if the traditional rotation of corn, soy and wheat is adjusted.

He says soybeans are harder on the soil, and a dramatic swing towards soybeans in that rotation could result in a decline in soil health and structure over the long-term.

April 10, 2014  By The Canadian Press


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