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Breton Plots

Gray Luvisolic Soil.The Breton Plots were established in 1929 by the Department of Soils at the University of Alberta. The Breton Plots are the only continuous, long-term plots on Gray Luvisols in Canada. The plots are managed by the Department of Renewable Resources, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics, at the University of Alberta with full participation of the Agronomy Unit, and Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Edmonton. There are very few continuing field plots in Canada with as long a history of experimentation. The Breton Plots are the only ones on Gray Luvisolic soils.

With current concerns about degradation of soils, the Breton Plots hold increasing importance as one of few places where various cropping systems have been compared over long time periods. The Breton Plots demonstrate how diverse cropping practices affect typical Gray Luvisolic soils after 70 years of farming. The Breton Plots are a part of the North American Great Plains Network and the Global Change and Terrestrial Environment Soil Organic Matter Network where various cropping systems have been compared over long time periods. 

The Breton Plots are located near the village of Breton, 100 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

Contact Information:
Myrna Snart
Development Officer
Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics
2-14 Agriculture-Forestry Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2P5

Phone: (780) 492–2118
Fax: (780) 492–0097
e-mail: myrna.snart@ualberta.ca 
Internet: http://bretonplots.rr.ualberta.ca/

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