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Location: Why Breton?

Gray Luvisolic Soil.So why was Breton chosen as the home for these fantastic and extremely useful plots of soil? This area of the province is made up of Gray Luvisolic (Gray Wooded) soils. These types of soil are very hard to manage and farmers have traditionally had a hard time producing a viable crop in these soils. Gray Luvisolic soils are low in organic matter and vital plant nutrients. They also have poor physical properties and are actually moderately acidic. 

Gray Luvisolic soils are the dominant soils in the regions of potentially arable soil in Alberta. In fact, there are 3.2 million hectares of Gray Luvisols in Alberta, 1.6 million hectares of which are currently cultivated. The research done at Breton really helps farmers manage their crops in a way that allows them to see better returns from their crop investments!


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