Location: Why Breton?
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.
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!