Soybeans can’t grow during Minnesota winters, of course, but they do in South America.

That’s why Minnesota and North Dakota soybean breeders have winter nurseries in Chile to reduce the number of years it takes to develop, grow, and test new varieties.

University of Minnesota soybean expert Jim Orf and North Dakota State University soybean breeder Ted Helms are hosting an educational seminar for soybean leaders from both states this week. Producers and crop consultants will be able to tour the facilities and the plots, and will also tour a Monsanto operation to learn more about its breeding program.

The North Dakota Soybean Council organized the one-week program.

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