Soybeans were first introduced in Manitoba in the early 1900s. Early production was used both for human consumption and as feed for livestock.
In the 1950s, research at the University of Manitoba began to develop varieties more suited to Manitoba’s growing conditions. From the 1970s until today, further soybean research and development at the University of Manitoba, eastern Canada and in the United States has led to the introduction of early-maturing, high-yielding soybeans with high protein levels, better suited for Manitoba’s climate. This research, in combination with Manitoba farmers continued search for diversification opportunities, led to a significant increase in soybean acres.
Over the last decade, soybeans have become a success story for agriculture in Manitoba with the arrival of early-maturing and glyphosate-resistant varieties. These new varieties make it possible to grow soybeans across agro-Manitoba.