Climate change boosts NNY soybean production

It's no longer too cold to produce soybeans in Northern New York.   A researcher at Cornell University conducted field trials, and found that the combination of new high-yield soybean varieties and warmer summers have improved growing conditions.  Cornell Crop and Soil Sciences Professor William Cox says global warming could make Northern New York an ideal region for soybean production in the next few decades.

Photo: Soybean field in MO. 2012. Theresa L Wysocki, CC some rights reserved

NNY farmers are already starting to realize this.  Soybean production has tripled over the past five years, with nearly 15,000 acres of soybeans planted in the region in 2012.

The study was funded by a farmer-initiative called the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.

Soybeans are grown to feed dairy cows and other livestock and for sales domestically and abroad.

So, is this a good thing for the region, increasing options for farmers?  Or is this a possible environmental concern, adding another monoculture, commodity GMO / pesticide-loading crop to the local environment?

 

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