Mark Bowsher-Gibbs, farm and estate manager at G.H Dean in Kent will be growing soya for the first time this season.
He hosts the AHDB Monitor Farm in Sittingbourne and presented his trial to the Monitor Farm group at its last meeting.
This year Mr Bowsher-Gibbs will grow 18ha (45 acres) of the Silverka soya bean variety, which has been inoculated with a rhizobium to promote nodulation and dressed with thiram.
“We’re trying soya this year as an alternative to peas for a legume break crop. Around 20 per cent of our normal pea area will be soya.
“Soya needs to be harvested relatively late in the season, but I’m hoping that could be less of a problem for us as we have a warmer micro-climate and lighter soils.”
The new soya crop will be established with a Sumo drill in the first week of May, after a disc has been used to create a tilth when then soils have warmed up during April. He will then level off and firm up the seedbed with the Tillso Rake’n’Roll.