Soya farmers, so good: How Dutch growers are taking on a South American super-crop

When it comes to high-yielding soya production, the Netherlands probably isn’t the first country that springs to mind.

But a group of innovative Dutch growers are proving that farmers in northwestern Europe have the soils, climate and skills to produce soya crops to even rival those grown in South America.

Jolande Raaijmakers and her husband Ad are members of a 90-strong cooperative of farmers across the Netherlands who between them planted 475ha of soya beans last…