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The American Soybean Growers Association has reported on twonew strains of soy that will be "bird-habitat compatible" accordingto soy agronomists at the association's research center.
Previously, the crop has been criticized as a virtualwasteland for birds, but the new release indicated that experimental fields inparts of South Dakota and North Carolina have produced remarkable results fornative birdlife.
Some of the soy plantings - depending on soil types - willrequire a bit more water, but at the same time, they produce beans at a levelthat is at least 12.6 percent larger than regular soybeans. Type 666A, testedin northern sections of South Dakota, sustained breeding numbers of willet,upland sandpiper, marbled godwit, grasshopper sparrow, and a few species ofwaterfowl, including green-winged teal and northern pintail.
The drier Type 666B, tested in the East, favored prairiewarbler, vesper sparrow, eastern meadowlark, and, at times and at edges, yellow-breastedchat.
Both types are harvested in the late fall, with Type 666Aoften providing shorebird habitat in the interim.
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