China develops new soybean type with higher yield

A research team from China’s Academy of Science has developed a new domestic type of soybean with a much higher yield than the current types.

After various stages of trials, this new type of soybean named “Kedou 35” generated a yield of 4,050 kg per hectare, more than doubling the current average soybean crop yield of 1,948 kg per hectare.

China’s state media said this could play an important role in alleviating the country’s “soybean crisis”.

China is the world’s largest soybean importer taking in 90-100 million tons each year. While China’s total soybean consumption has stabilized at over 110 million tons annually, the country’s domestic production has been hovering at 16-20 million tons.

Not only do Chinese farmers only plant non-GMO soybean with low yield, but the planting area is limited by corn and wheat, since they are more highly prioritized than soybeans.

Soybean planting area in China is estimated to reached nearly 10 million hectares in 2022/23 marketing year. If the area remains stable in the future while the country rolls out a wider adoption of this new soybean type, domestic output could double.