Soya UK have been working with Soya since 1998. Many years of trials and development has given us a solid base of the best varieties for the UK and a comprehensive knowledge of the crop.
All our varieties are non-GM Soya UK varieties have a number of beneficial features in terms of plant architecture, ease of harvest, earliness, and adaptation to UK latitudes.
This is incredibly important for growing soya in the UK where earliness and harvestability are key to being able to grow the crop.
Soya agronomy is well established and straightforward. Much depends on selecting the correct variety in the first place and then following the advice below:
- Sow in late April/ Early May.
- Apply pre-emergence chemical.
- Spray broadleaved weeds with post-emergence herbicide, usually around 5 weeks from sowing in late May.
- Possible inclusion of a fungicide with this post-emergence herbicide to guard against sclerotinia in thick crops.
- Apply a graminicide 2 weeks later if grass weeds are a problem (e.g. wild oats, barren brome, black grass, etc).
Apply a desiccant prior to harvest.
- Excellent, low input break crop.
- Soya is the very best crop for tackling blackgrass.
- Minimal pest & disease problems.
- Rotationally compatible with peas and beans.
- Leaves high nitrogen legacy for following crop.
- Easy to combine, leaves no trash, does not lodge, shed or split.
- No volunteer problems in following crop.
- Good choice of herbicides for weed control.
- There is a HUGE market for our UK grown, non-GM Soya varieties (and it is not a picky market, with the quality criteria being easily achieved by most growers).
Why Grow Soya?
Soya UK have been growing soya here in the UK since 1998.
In the last 18 years, we have seen a transformation in the breeding of the soya varieties, with a number of adaptations which are particularly useful to growers in the UK.
Earliness of harvest
Soya UK varieties have been bred for earliness. This is an essential feature in colder, wetter and more northern situations, like the UK, but the real skill is in breeding for earliness whilst retaining yield potential.
Again – this is an obvious breeding objective which has seen significant improvement. In various European trials, our varieties have out-yielded the best of the other European and North American varieties.
Improved plant architecture – stronger stems, erect growth habit, higher pod attachment.
One great problem with traditional soya varieties has been their growth habit. Traditional varieties had thin stems which grew close to the ground and the pods would form very close to the ground. This made them difficult to harvest and made canopy management much more difficult.
In 2015 we launched our new varieties which are radically different. They now have thick, independent stems, higher pod attachment, and terminal clusters of flowers which mean that the majority of the yield is in the upper half of the canopy. The result is a crop which is easier to grow, easier to manage, more weather robust, and easier to harvest.
New Feature – Multiple pod sites
In 2011 our breeders revealed a new feature which they had developed through natural non-gm breeding processes. This new feature means that where 2 or 3 pods were once formed in the leaf axials, the new varieties will form much more. This removes an important limitation on yield, and our newer varieties (Vilshanka and Siverka) benefit from this feature.
Soya UK varieties are all bred to produce quality soya beans, whilst offering the producer the benefits of better and easier harvesting, higher yields, less disease and earliness of harvest. In addition, our varieties can be produced in regions and in area where traditional varieties are not suitable. This allows for the potential introduction of soya into areas where current cropping choices are limited, and for the expansion of production area
2005 - Elena was the first variety with a terminal cluster of flowers on top of a thicker, independent stem.
2017 - New varieties have the new feature of multiple podding in the leaf axials.
Siverka - A white / grey haired variety with a clear hilum, excellent yield, intermediate earliness, and good plant height.
Siverka has performed very well in 2016 & 2017 and will be one of our two main varieties going forward.
Vilshanka - A brown haired variety with a dark hilum, excellent yield, good earliness, and good plant height.
Despite having a dark hilum which “bleeds” round the bean, Vilshanka’s ugly appearance is more than made up for by its performance. Thankfully, its appearance does not affect its marketability
Vilshanka has performed very well in 2016 & 2017 and will be the other of our two main varieties going forward.
Pre-inoculated Seed Exclusively from Soya UK
Soya UK now offers all Soya seed as pre-inoculated seed.
This system simplifies the drilling operation by avoiding the need for the grower to inoculate the seed in the drill with separate sachets of rhizobium inoculant and will allow growers of larger areas to take seed in 500kg bags, ready to go into the drill.
Since 2007, this has been our standard system, and remains exclusive to Soya UK Ltd, although seed is still available for situations where the use of sachets is preferable. Pre-inoculated seed is available in either 500kg or 25kg bags
With worldwide demand for soya increasing steadily over recent years, the price of soya has increased steadily with it. Huge demand from China and South East Asia, as well as bio-fuels use, and increasing demand for GM free Soya, have all served to more than double the price of soya beans in the last five years.
There is huge market demand here in the UK, and with new varieties and our extensive knowledge of the crop, Soya UK are well placed to provide for this market. We can offer contracts for both conventional and organic growers in the southern half of the UK.
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