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News | 18/01/2021

Field beans in dairy cattle farming: toasting (for) success?

Field beans are an interesting alternative for imported soy in dairy production, but only if the beans are first heated. Those are the results from the ILVO-study within the EKOPTI project. Heating is required for good digestion and also helps in storage.

Research projects

Main research questionThe aim of this Grand Challenge project is to engage at least 1000 citizens and their gardens to help acquire native rhizobia from Flemish soils that are able to efficiently nodulate soybean. We wish to find local soilborne bacteria and funghi that are able to form nodules on soybean plants.

Research projects

ILVO explores two alternatives: forage sorghum and mixed cropping of silage maize with climbing beans. Special attention will be given to soil quality, nitrogen cycle, forage yield and forage composition. Research approachWe set up trials on our experimental farm as well as in collaboration with farmers.

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ILVO crop information sheets

ChicoryDry beansEdamameCalendula 2020 / 2017Chickpea(Grass)/CloverLentilsAlfalfaMiscanthusOil pumpkinRussian dandelionSoy 2020 / 2017Sorghum(grain) (fodder)Quinoa 2020 / 2017Field beanFlax



In addition, soy is easily digestible and rich in vitamins and minerals. 90% of soybeans are pressed for oil 10% is processed as a whole bean The soy plant The soy plant (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) most likely descended from a wild legume from Central China. The first soybeans were grown in North China approximately 3,000 years ago.

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