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Home-grown Dutch soya

The Netherlands imports a lot of soya from South and North-America. Researchers in Wageningen wondered whether this nutritious crop could also be grown here in the Netherlands and formed a cooperative to study the possibilities of cultivating ‘Nethersoya’.

The team is now testing different types of soil, fertilisers and plant spacing in an effort to increase our soya production. Harvests of almost four tons per hectare are comparable with American yields; cultivation in the Netherlands would seem to be a profitable option, which will allow us to produce Dutch soya milk, tofu and meat substitutes. Yet another way that Wageningen UR is contributing to the quality of life.

News about soya research at Wageningen UR

Experimental soya fields, where different types of soil, fertilisers and plant spacing are being tested to increase soya production.
Experimental soya fields, where different types of soil, fertilisers and plant spacing are being tested to increase soya production.
Harvest from ripened soya crop.
Harvest from ripened soya crop.
Aerial shots of experimental soya fields in Lelystad.
Aerial shots of experimental soya fields in Lelystad.
Huge differences in the ripening periods of different soya varieties. The aim is to find varieties that ripen earlier and generate high yields.
Huge differences in the ripening periods of different soya varieties. The aim is to find varieties that ripen earlier and generate high yields.
Soya belongs to the Leguminosae family, plants that use root nodules to provide their own form of usable nitrogen.
Soya belongs to the Leguminosae family, plants that use root nodules to provide their own form of usable nitrogen.
Explanation is given about the soybean trial fields near Lelystad.
Explanation is given about the soybean trial fields near Lelystad.