UIUC Crop Science Variety Trials – Protein and Oil Testing
Sustainable Production
GeneticsSeed quality
Parent Project:
This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Darin Joos, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Brief Project Summary:
Typically, approximately 250 soybean varieties from commercial seed companies are tested each year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Variety Trial sites. Part of this project includes the analyzation of soybeans for protein and oil content. Technology to collect the data will be installed on the combine to record and streamline the process, making results available sooner. Test results are posted to the UI Variety Trial website so that farmers can have data sooner to make better seed purchase decisions.
Key Beneficiaries:
#agronomists, #breeders, #farmers
Unique Keywords:
#protein, #soybean oil, #soybean varieties, #soybean variety trials, #trials
Information And Results
Project Summary

Varieties in the University of Illinois Soybean Variety Trials will be analyzed for protein and oil, and all data will be posted by December 1 to the UI Variety Trial website: https://vt.cropsci.illinois.edu/soybeans/

Project Objectives

Typically, about 250 varieties consisting of conventional, glufosinate only resistant (Liberty), glyphosate only resistant (Roundup), glyphosate and glufosinate resistant (Liberty and Roundup), 2,4-D, glyphosate and glufosinate resistant (Enlist), and glyphosate and dicamba resistant (Extend) varieties from over 20 seed companies are tested annually. The UI Variety Trial sites represent the major soils and maturity zones of the state. Non-irrigated, 30-inch-row-width with all herbicide traits combined in one trial are conducted on a regional basis. The regions are as follows: Region 1, Fenton, Mt. Morris and DeKalb; Region 2 Monmouth, Goodfield and Dwight; Region 3, Perry, New Berlin and Urbana; Region 4, St. Peter and Belleville; and Region 5, Elkville and Harrisburg. For sampling and analysis, 1-pound soybean seed samples are collected at harvest (September – November). For analysis, upon arrival at the Variety Testing Facility, samples are cleaned and analyzed by NIR to determine their protein and oil content.

Project Deliverables

Data is supplied to the Illinois Soybean Association and online to the U of I Variety Trial Website.

The variety program utilizes Almaco precision planting and harvesting equipment. The UI variety testing website receives over 16,000 views a year. The testing results are published in FarmWeek, and reports are dispersed at various conferences help by Extension each year.

Progress Of Work

Final Project Results

Benefit To Soybean Farmers

The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.