Farmers checked out the harvesting and handling demonstration on Tuesday morning at the Ag in Motion site near Langham, northwest of Saskatoon.
90 acres of soybeans were grown by local farmer Gaylord Mireau with inputs donated by Crop Production Services (CPS).
All proceeds from the crop will go to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to assists with their emergency relief work in Africa. Every dollar generated will be matched on a four-to-one basis by the Canadian government.
"It's a really good cause," says Cynthia Dietz, the Proven Seed Brand Manager with CPS. "We get the data and yield information and it is a good community event."
The Ag in Motion soybean plot is located in what is considered to be a ''northern'' area for the crop. Seeding was a little later than planned, but the summer heat and a timely August rain allowed them to mature.
"Soybeans can vary an awful lot from area to area, even within 30 miles. That's why local trials are more important for soybeans than any other crop."
There was a record area of soybean in Saskatchewan this year, with many first-time growers. Part of the day's activities included a handling demonstration.
"Soybeans are very susceptible to breakage. We want to make sure that farmers will understand how to handle them properly so they get the best quality at the elevator," says Dietz.
Due to the wet conditions, only a couple of strip were actually combined on Tuesday. The rest will be harvested in about four or five days, as long as the weather co-operates.