Breeding high yielding soybean cultivars for Iowa farmers
Sustainable Production
Crop protectionDiseaseField management
Lead Principal Investigator:
Asheesh Singh, Iowa State University
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Brief Project Summary:

To realize true genetic potential, soybeans need favorable genetic combinations of grain yield genes, protection from deterrents like pests and diseases, and maximized performance in diverse growing and soil conditions. This breeding program’s goals are to improve soybean production through the development of new cultivars and germplasm, gene discovery, research insights for farmers, processors, and consumers, and developing seed selection strategies. This project combines hardware and software solutions to solve phenotyping bottleneck, which streamlines breeding and trait study pipeline for yield gain and improve protection traits. Primary objectives are to increase soybean seed yield using genetic and phenomics tools, improve seed quality for increased market capture, and develop breeding population to improve protection traits.

Key Benefactors:
farmers, agronomists, Extension agents, soybean breeders, seed companies

Information And Results
Project Deliverables

Short term: development of breeding populations for objectives listed in this project.
Long term: cultivar and germplasm lines that meet the requirements of Iowa farmers and industry of high yield trait with yield preservation.

Proposed specific deliverables (long term; 2020): IA1022 (SCN), IA2102 and IA3023 are used as a commercial check in the cooperative uniform testing. We are growing these cooperative uniform tests this year at Ames. We will take the mean of top five yielding experimental genotypes in each maturity group (I, II and III) and propose a 1% rate of genetic gain per year over the mean of those top 5 ranking genotypes (5 year goal).

Final Project Results

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.