FAQ for Lupins

1. Are Lupins easy to grow?
Lupins are very easy to grow and agronomy requirements are cheap and straightforward. Lupins require a normal spring seedbed, little or no fertiliser and very little in the way of sprays. Lupins can be made into silage, crimped, or dry combined. This coupled with rising feed prices, is one of the reasons why we have seen huge expansion in the UK Lupin area over the last few years.

2. What soil types do Lupins like?
Lupins can be grown on all soil types but care should be taken to select the correct Lupin type and variety. Lupins do not like cold or heavy waterlogged soils, therefore good seedbed management is essential and the key to a good crop. Growers on heavy ground should be assured that some of the best yields have been achieved on heavy soils, but seedbeds should be managed closely and drilling delayed if conditions are both cold and wet.

The objective is for Lupins to grow away with some vigour, and sowing should not take place before the recommended date. With regard to soil pH, again, care should be taken to select the correct type and variety. Blue and Yellow Lupins thrive with a pH range of 4.5 - 7.0 White Lupins thrive with a pH range of 5.0 - 7.9.

3. What do I do with my crop?
You can either choose to grow Lupins for wholecrop or to dry combine for feed, thus reducing reliance on bought in feedstuffs. Alternatively you can grow on a buy-back contract. You are free to choose, and we also have an option whereby you can feed some and sell the rest. Other growers will grow the crop and sell it locally to a neighbouring stock farmer.

Download more information about our Lupin Contracts or read further on our Lupin Feeding & Utilisation page.

4. Are Lupins a good break crop?
Time after time, we find the best cereal crops on the farm are those grown after Lupins. Lupins are an excellent break crop for a number of reasons,