Wasn't so bad til this weekend but its been gay wet.Well still people waiting for it to dry up to harvest spring barley, most want a dry month to be able to travel. So I guess if the margin was big enough, we could plant one spring and harvest the next spring up here
Huge % increase will not take many acres....
.....maybe another 12?
Joking, but it's not going to be a mainstream crop.
It's a crop we are really interested in growing, but I am not convinced we get enough sunshine in Worcestershire to ripen them. There have been some quite successful crops grown in Herefordshire but they have been on grade 2 free-draining land where they can get on early...The rise in Soya acreage has been astronomic. Gone are the days when I used to be the biggest Soya Bean grower in the country with 46 acres. The current acreage in the UK is some 5,000 acres which when you think it has risen from a couple of hundred a few years ago is some expansion. The reasons? Price of crop and huge demand. People looking for new break crops especially in the light of flea beetle damage in oil seed rape and withdrawal of seed treatments, and a spring sown crop that allows you to tackle black grass. Coupled with new varieties now on the scene and it’s starting to look attractive.
It's a crop we are really interested in growing, but I am not convinced we get enough sunshine in Worcestershire to ripen them. There have been some quite successful crops grown in Herefordshire but they have been on grade 2 free-draining land where they can get on early...
Fair point, but I'd have thought it would make more sense to grow crops that suit the climate
That makes 100% senseWhat if you had a Soya Bean variety that suited the UK climate? These varieties that we grow were developed in the Ukraine. You couldn’t grow Soya that is grown in Brazil ( for example) in the UK as it isn’t suitable, it needs equal length of day and night so has to be grown near the equator. I think the bit that most people are missing is that there has been major leaps forward in Soya plant breeding, probably more so than any other crop lately.
Apparently that crop yielded a tonne to the acre. That crop looked exactly how I’d expect it too look.