Project Details:

Including Regionally Appropriate Public Varieties in Statewide Soybean Variety Trials

Parent Project: This is the first year of this project.
Checkoff Organization:Texas Soybean Board
Categories:Crop management systems
Organization Project Code:QSSB
Project Year:2020
Lead Principal Investigator:Ronnie Schnell (Texas A&M University)
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Project Summary

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Crop Testing Program (CTP) will conduct soybean variety trials again in 2020. CTP will plant, monitor and harvest two locations including Matagorda county and Burleson county. The Matagorda trial will be conducted with a local soybean producer. The other locations will be conducted on Agrilife property. We anticipate 30-50 commercial varieties submitted by commercial seed companies at their discretion for a standard fee of $250 per entry. We are requesting support from Texas Soybean Producers to include public varieties at each location.

We will encourage submission of Roundup Ready public varieties that were developed by surrounding State Universities (Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas). However, we will accept other commercially available, experimental and non-transgenic varieties as appropriate from public breeding programs. Support from Texas Soybean Producers enables planting of up to 10 public varieties at each Crop Testing location at no cost to public breeding programs. CTP has reached out to listed state breeding and foundation seed programs to determine interest and logistics for submitting to our testing program. All CTP locations will be managed conventionally (allowing any herbicide technology) and maturity groups limited to enable a single harvest.

Project Objectives

- Determine soybean varieties that provide the best yield and performance under conditions in different Texas growing regions.
- Evaluate soybean breeding lines from public breeding program for adaptability, growth and yield in Texas.

Project Deliverables

Yield and other agronomic information including lodging, shattering, moisture and test weight will be measured at each location and disseminated to growers through print and electronic formats and dozens of AgriLife Extension education events. Results will be posted at

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Benefit to Soybean Farmers

The results of this research will provide Texas soybean growers with needed information on the varieties that will work best in each area. The use of Roundup Ready varieties using technology available to public breeding programs and is less expensive will improve the profitability of soybean production in Texas. .

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