News » Dering 2 and 3 Soybeans for Dry Land

(adm/Jul 25, 2019)

Soybean is one of Indonesia’s strategic commodities other than rice and maize. In Indonesia soybean is mainly used as raw ingredient of tempe and tofu. However, with the recent development of soybean-based food industry as well as feed have caused an increase of soybean demand which also has exceeded nation production.

One strategy to increase production to fulfill domestic needs is by expanding planting areas and to use new improved varieties. Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) has released two new improved soybean varieties tolerant to drought, they are Dering 2 and Dering 3 which was released in June 2019.

Both soybeans are improvement from their predecessor Dering 1 which was released in 2012. Dering 1 has been known as farmers’ favorite at several regions like North Sumatera, Jambi, Bengkulu, Lampung, West Java, East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, and South Sulawesi.

Dering 2 and 3 have yielding potential of 3-3.3 ton per hectare with yielding average of 2.4 – 2.5 hectare better than Dering 1. In addition, both soybeans have shorter ripe age around 70 – 76 hst. As for the size of beans, they are larger than Dering 1 weighing around 13.9 – 14.8 gram per 100.

In the future, Dering 2 and 3 are hoped to be used by farmers to optimized dry land for soybean plant in order to increase soybeans production and to achieve self-sufficiency.