Farmers invited to come and see soya bean crops growing in various locations this August

Soya UK are inviting all farmers and agronomists to come and see Soya Bean crops at their Headland Meetings taking place in various locations during August.

These meetings are an opportunity for farmers and agronomists to see the crop being grown, to find out more about growing soya in the UK and hear about the buy-back contracts available for Spring 2019.  Meetings will cover why soya is rapidly gaining in popularity, and the benefits to of making soya a regular feature of the cropping rotation.  In Spring 2016 there were around 800 acres of Soya grown, in Spring 2017 there were 5000 acres grown.  Currently growing ready for harvest 2018 is around 8000 acres.  Jacqui McNaughton of Soya UK is expecting another big leap in area grown for 2019, estimating around 15,000 acres to be sown for Spring 2019.  She says there is huge interest in Spring break-crops at present, and Soya is very much on the agenda for a number of reasons:-

  • Blackgrass – Soya is the very best crop for dealing with blackgrass.
  • The value of soya per tonne now means that the gross margins are attractive when compared to other spring break crops.
  • The neonicotinoid ban has reduced the attractiveness of other break crops like OSR and Linseed.
  • Soya is a particularly good nitrogen-fixing break crop and the perfect entry for wheat.
  • There is a ready market for soya with relatively easy quality standards.
  • Soya now enjoys a good choice of herbicide options for both broadleaf weed and grassweed control.

The Headland Meetings will be in Kent, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Herefordshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

Growers who would like to attend, can email Soya UK on to receive an invitation leaflet or visit to download the invitation and directions.  No pre-registration required.

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