Submitted to: American Forage and Grassland Council Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/21/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Traditionally the soybean was used as a forage crop. However, due to its value as a grain crop, its role soon changed. Recently, however, three cultivars have been specifically bred for forage production. This coincides with the banning of meat and bonemeal as a source of protein in ruminant diets in the European Union, which has led to a greater demand for high protein crops. Two USA bred cultivars, Derry and Donegal, were grown in trial at the Royal Agriculture College in 2000 to assess the viability of soybeans as a forage crop in the UK. Only one season's data has been obtained so far. Dry matter yields ranged from 2.64 to 2.72 t acre-1 (Derry and Donegal, respectively) for the early harvest and 2.43 to 3.55 t acre-1 DM (Derry and Donegal, respectively) for the late harvest.