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2002's Top Picks

Herbicide- and cyst-resistant varieties dominate the list of new soybean varieties for the 2002 planting season.

The following information, from breeders and agronomists at universities, USDA-ARS and private companies, highlights four of the best varieties each has to offer. However, this is just a starting point in knowing what's available this coming season. Discuss further options with seed company representatives and bone up on the latest yield trial info in your area before making decisions.

The following pureline variety choices are divided by maturity group. Each group is also split into herbicide-tolerant — Roundup Ready (RR) and/or STS — and conventional varieties.

A number of diseases mentioned are listed by abbreviation. They are: phytophthora root rot (PRR), soybean cyst nematode (SCN), sudden death syndrome (SDS) and brown stem rot (BSR). Note that protein and oil data listed are based at 13% moisture.

Group 00
Herbicide Tolerant

Peterson Farms Seed — 02009RR is a late Group 00 RR variety featuring:

  • Excellent emergence, making it suitable for use in minimum or no-till.

  • Rps1k gene for multirace PRR resistance.

  • Above-average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Medium upright plant structure suited to narrow rows.

  • Great yield potential.

Stine Seed Co. — S0090-4 is a late Group 00 RR soybean featuring:

  • Outstanding yield potential.

  • Very good emergence and standability.

  • Very good PRR tolerance.

Stine Seed Co. — S4202-4 is a late Group 00 RR/STS soybean providing:

  • Excellent emergence and standability.

  • Outstanding yield potential.

  • Very good PRR tolerance.

  • SCN resistance to race 3; moderate resistance to race 14.

  • Protein, 36.5%; oil, 19.3%.

Group 0
Conventional

North Dakota State University — Walsh is an early Group 0 variety providing:

  • Rps6 resistance to PRR.

  • Average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Good standability.

  • Medium-height and medium-width plant.

  • Protein, 36.1%; oil, 17.7%.

University of Minnesota — MN0201 is an early Group 0 variety with:

  • Seed with yellow hila and significantly higher protein content.

  • Very good seed quality with potential for use in food markets.

  • Rps1a gene for resistance to PRR.

  • Good iron deficiency chlorosis rating.

  • Above-average standability.

  • Performs well in narrow-row situations.

  • Protein, 37.4%; oil, 17.0%.

University of Minnesota — MN0302 is an early to mid-Group 0 variety featuring:

  • Rps1k gene for PRR resistance.

  • Very good iron deficiency chlorosis rating — No. 1 in 2001 North Dakota State University tests.

  • 5%-plus higher yield than MN0301 in MN and regional tests.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Good seed quality; average height.

  • Performs well in narrow-row or solid-seeded situations.

  • Protein, 35.3%; oil, 18.1%.

North Dakota State University — Sargent, a mid-Group 0 variety, features:

  • Rps6 resistance to PRR.

  • Below-average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Average standability.

  • Medium-height and medium-width plant.

  • Protein, 35.9%; oil, 17.4%.

Group 0
Herbicide Tolerant

Peterson Farms Seed — 0202RR is an early Group0 RR variety exhibiting:

  • Very good iron deficiency chlorosis resistance.

  • Rps1c gene for multirace PRR resistance.

  • Intermediate plant structure; suitability for narrow and wide rows.

  • Good white mold resistance.

  • Moderate BSR resistance.

  • Excellent emergence.

  • Yield comparable to longer-season varieties.

Thunder Seed — 2201RR, a very early Group 0 RR soybean, features:

  • Excellent emergence, standability and shatter resistance.

  • Excellent field tolerance to PRR.

  • Good tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Medium height with intermediate profile.

Mycogen Seeds — 5033RR is a mid-Group 0 RR soybean offering:

  • High yields.

  • Good PRR field tolerance.

  • Medium-bushy canopy.

  • Suitability across all row widths.

  • Protein, 37.1%; oil, 17.8%.

Thunder Seed — 607RR is a mid-Group 0 RR soybean exhibiting:

  • Excellent tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Rps1k gene with very good PRR field tolerance.

  • Excellent emergence; good lodging resistance.

  • Tall height.

Croplan Genetics — RT0874, a late Group 0 RR variety, features:

  • Excellent white mold tolerance.

  • Rps1k PRR resistance.

  • Very good PRR field tolerance and standability.

  • Medium-height plant, performs well in all row widths.

Dekalb Genetics — DKB09-51 is a late Group 0 RR variety featuring:

  • Multiple-race PRR Rps1k resistance.

  • Very good iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Very good emergence and standability.

  • Intermediate plant type with average height.

  • Good suitability for no-till.

  • Protein, 36%; oil, 18%.

Gold Country Seed — 6208RR is a late Group O RR variety with:

  • High yield potential.

  • Medium plant height and semi-bush plant type.

  • Superior tolerance to white mold.

  • Above-average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Rps1k gene for PRR resistance.

  • Wide adaptation in varying soil types, climates.

  • Protein, 35.2%; oil, 19.3%.

Kaltenberg Seeds — KB081RR is a late Group 0 RR variety featuring:

  • Rps1k gene PRR resistance.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Good tolerance to white mold.

  • Very good emergence and standability.

  • Medium-height, medium-bush plant shape that's adapted for high-yield environments, all row widths.

  • Protein, 33.2%; oil, 19.1%.

Thunder Seed — 2209RR, a late Group 0 RR variety, features:

  • Excellent emergence, standability and shatter resistance.

  • Rps1k gene for PRR and excellent PRR field tolerance.

  • Resistant to BSR.

  • Excellent tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Medium height with intermediate profile.

Thunder Seed — 2108RR is a late 0 Group RR soybean with:

  • Excellent emergence, standability and shatter resistance.

  • Rps1k gene with excellent PRR field tolerance.

  • Good resistance to white mold.

  • Excellent tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Medium height with intermediate profile.

Group I
Conventional

University of Minnesota — MN1302, an early to mid-Group I variety featuring:

  • Rps1k gene for PRR resistance.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Very good seed quality.

  • 5-8% higher yield than Parker in MN and regional trials.

  • Average iron deficiency chlorosis rating.

  • Good suitability in narrow rows.

  • Average plant height.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 17.8%.

Albert Lea Seed House — Viking 1922CN is a late Group I soybean that features:

  • Race 3 & 14 SCN resistance.

  • Excellent yield potential across environments.

  • The Rps1k gene for excellent PRR resistance.

  • Very good tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis on high pH soils.

  • Good tolerance to BSR and white mold.

  • Very good standability.

  • Protein, 36.3%; oil, 18.4%.

Group I
Herbicide Tolerant

Gold Country Seed — 6112RR is an early Group 1 RR offering:

  • High yields.

  • Medium-stature plant with superb emergence and early seedling vigor.

  • Small seeds.

  • Strong resistance to shattering.

  • Rps1k gene for PRR resistance.

  • Good tolerance for iron deficiency chlorosis and white mold.

  • Protein, 34.9%; oil, 19.3%.

Dairyland Seed — DSR101RR is an early Group I RR soybean with:

  • Yields that beat P91B02RR by 17%, P90B93RR by 9%, CX111RR by 7% and A1101RR by 7% in company trials.

  • Excellent BSR resistance.

  • High iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Excellent white mold tolerance.

  • Good PRR field tolerance.

  • Protein, 36.7%; oil, 18.5%.

Syngenta Seeds — S10-T1 is an early Group I RR variety that features:

  • Very good emergence.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Medium height.

  • Rps1k PRR resistance.

  • Good tolerance to white mold and BSR.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 18%.

AgriPro Seeds — 1501RR, a mid-Group I RR soybean, exhibits:

  • High yields in high populations.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • An effective plant type with uniform canopy for performance in white mold areas.

  • Outstanding agronomics for various management schemes.

Albert Lea Seed House — Viking 1773RR is a mid-Group I RR soybean with:

  • Exceptional yield potential across different environments.

  • Good suitability to no-till or minimum-till situations.

  • The Rps1k gene for excellent PRR resistance on wet ground.

  • Above-average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis on high pH soils.

  • Excellent emergence and very good tolerance to BSR for beans on beans.

Latham Seed Co. — 217RR is a mid-Group I RR variety with:

  • Rps1k gene for PRR tolerance.

  • Tolerance to high-pH soils.

  • Good BSR protection.

  • Excellent emergence and standability.

  • Good adaptability to all soil types and row widths.

  • Medium-tall, medium plant type.

Mycogen Seeds — 5171RR is a mid-Group I RR soybean with:

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Rps1k resistance to PRR.

  • Very good tolerance to white mold.

  • Adaptability to all row widths.

  • Protein, 35.7%; oil, 18.7%.

AgriPro Seeds/Garst Seed Co. — 1812RR/N is a late Group I RR soybean that offers:

  • High tolerance to BSR.

  • Rugged plant type for wider row spacings or lower population.

  • SCN race 3 resistance.

  • Rps1k resistance to PRR.

  • Very good iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

Albert Lea Seed House — Viking 1944CNRR is a late Group I RR variety featuring:

  • Resistance to SCN race 3 & 14.

  • Excellent tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis on high pH soils.

  • Very good, consistent yields.

  • Very good emergence and standability.

  • Good field tolerance to PRR.

  • Protein, 36.8%; oil, 18.4%.

Great Lakes Hybrids — GL 1903RR is a late Group I RR variety with:

  • Good field tolerance to PRR.

  • Outstanding white mold tolerance.

  • Very good standability with average plant height.

  • High yield potential with the ability to tip cluster.

  • Protein, 36.2%; oil, 19%.

Kaltenberg Seeds — KB191RR is a late Group I RR soybean with:

  • Very good field tolerance to PRR.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Very good tolerance to white mold, moderate resistance to SCN race 3.

  • Very good emergence and standability.

  • Medium-height, medium-bush plant shape that's well-adapted to no-till and all row widths.

  • Protein, 35.8%; oil, 19.4%.

Kruger Seed — K-199RR/SCN, a late Group I RR soybean, offers:

  • SCN resistance to race 3 and moderate resistance to race 4 (14).

  • Iron efficient for high pH soils.

  • Resistant to BSR.

  • Very good drought tolerance.

  • Average to good white mold tolerance.

  • Can excel in a wide range of environments.

Midwest Seed Genetics — GR 1931, a late Group I RR variety, exhibits:

  • Rps1k gene for PRR protection.

  • Resistance to SCN race 3.

  • Medium-tall, medium plant type.

  • Very good standability.

  • Protein, 36.1%; oil, 15.5%.

ProfiSeed, Inc. — PS4182CNRR is a late Group I RR variety related to PS423CNRR. It offers:

  • Excellent iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • SCN resistance to races 3 & 14, making it adaptable for No. IA and So. MN.

  • Excellent emergence and standability.

  • Suitability in all row widths and tillage practices.

Syngenta Seeds — S19-V2 is a late Group I RR variety offering:

  • Very good emergence.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Medium-short height, slender canopy.

  • Very good shatter resistance.

  • Rps1a PRR resistance.

  • Very good BSR tolerance.

  • Good iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 18%.

Group II
Conventional

University of Illinois — Loda is an early Group II variety featuring:

  • Resistance to SCN races 2, 3 & 4; moderate resistance to races 1, 5 & 14.

  • High yield potential.

  • Moderate SDS resistance.

  • Excellent emergence and standability.

  • Good adaptability for high-yield environments and narrow rows.

  • Protein, 36.3%; oil, 18.0%.

University of Nebraska — NE2801 is a late Group II variety with:

  • Excellent standability.

  • Resistance to PRR.

  • Moderately tall plant type averaging 36”.

  • Good adaptability to a wide range of environments.

  • Protein, 34.5%; oil, 18.9%.

Group II
Herbicide Tolerant

AgriPro Seeds — 2112RR/N, an early Group II RR variety, provides:

  • Superb yields.

  • SCN resistance to race 3; moderate resistance to race 14.

  • Excellent field tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • A shorter plant style that handles high populations well.

Albert Lea Seed House — Viking 2029RR is an early Group II RR soybean with:

  • Exceptional yield performance across different field environments.

  • Very good tolerance to white mold.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Very good PRR field tolerance.

  • Average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis on high pH soils.

Asgrow Seed Co. — AG 2202, an early Group II RR variety, exhibits:

  • Excellent tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Excellent BSR resistance.

  • Rps1k resistance to PRR.

  • Very good emergence.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Excellent yield potential, outyielding AG 2101 by 3 bu/acre over 28 company tests.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 18%.

Croplan Genetics — RC2223, an early Group II RR soybean, exhibits:

  • Resistance to SCN race 3; moderate resistance to race 14.

  • Rps1c gene for PRR resistance.

  • Good white mold and iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Very good resistance to BSR.

Crow's — C 2118 R is an early Group II RR variety featuring:

  • PRR Rps1k gene resistance.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Slightly above-average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Medium-bush plant type on a medium plant height.

  • Excellent stress tolerance and adaptability into no-till environments.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 19%.

Dairyland Seed — DSR221RR, an early Group II RR variety, offers:

  • Highest yields in Central Region Iowa State Soybean Trial Report for 2000.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Excellent iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Excellent white mold protection.

  • Very good PRR field tolerance.

  • Protein, 36.2%; oil, 19%.

Gold Country Seed — 1221RR is an early Group II RR variety with:

  • Medium plant height.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Some resistance to while mold.

  • Superior rating for standability.

  • Excellent resistance to shattering.

  • Protein, 36.2%; oil, 19%.

Gold Country Seed — 2121NRR is an early Group II RR variety offering:

  • Medium-tall plant height.

  • Semi-bush plant type.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Excellent yield performance across a large geographic region.

  • Resistance to SCN races 3 & 14.

  • Rps1c gene for PRR protection.

Golden Harvest — H-2124RR is an early Group II RR variety that features:

  • Balanced disease package, including BSR resistance and white mold tolerance.

  • Exceptional yield for its maturity.

  • Very good emergence and standability — suitable for early planting in no-till.

  • Medium-height, semi-bush, quick-canopy plants.

  • Adaptable to all soil types in early Group II growing areas; especially suited for high white mold fields in MI, WI and MN.

Latham Seed Co. — 417RR is an early Group II RR soybean offering:

  • Very high yield potential.

  • 2 bu/acre better than other varieties tested against in year 2000 company trials.

  • Very good field tolerance to PRR.

  • Protection against iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Tolerance to white mold.

  • Excellent emergence and standability.

  • Suitability to all soil types and row widths.

Latham Seed Co. — 547RRN is an early Group II RR- and SCN-resistant variety with:

  • High yields; it out-tested all other RR varieties tested against in company trials.

  • Rps1c gene for PRR tolerance.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Excellent emergence.

  • Adaptability to all soil types and row widths.

Ottilie Seed Farms — RO 8212RR is an early Group II RR variety featuring:

  • Resistance to PRR and BSR.

  • Excellent emergence.

  • Very good standability.

  • Adaptability to all row widths.

  • Medium-height, intermediate type.

  • Excellent drought tolerance.

ProfiSeed Inc. — PS4211RR, an early Group II RR variety, offers:

  • Excellent tolerance to white mold, iron deficiency chlorosis and BSR.

  • Medium height.

  • Top yields of early Group II varieties the last two years of company tests.

  • Suitability in better soybean acres wherever early Group IIs are adapted.

Hy-Vigor Seeds — H-223 RR, an early Group II RR soybean, features:

  • Excellent emergence.

  • Tall plant with virtually no lodging.

  • PRR Rps1k gene with very good tolerance to PRR.

  • Adaptability to narrow or wide rows and no-till drilling.

LG Seeds — C2150RR is an early Group II RR soybean with:

  • Moderately tall and bushy plant.

  • Great East-West adaptation and stress tolerance.

  • BSR resistance, good iron deficiency chlorosis scores, very good white mold scores and Rps1k resistance to PRR.

  • Suitability in drilled and rowed environments and for no-till planting.

  • Protein, 34.5%; oil, 17.7%.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l — 92B38 (RR), an early to mid-Group II RR variety, offers:

  • Top yield potential.

  • Very good field emergence.

  • Exceptional standability.

  • Strong PRR field tolerance.

  • Good BSR tolerance.

  • Protein, 34.8%; oil, 19.1%.

Asgrow Seed Co. — AG 2402 is a mid-Group II RR variety featuring:

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Rps1k resistance to PRR and above-average tolerance to race 25.

  • Above-average tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Very good emergence and standability.

  • Excellent yield potential, outyielding AG 2301 by 3.7 bu/acre over 40 company tests.

  • Protein, 36%; oil, 19%.

Crow's — C 2435 R, a mid-Group II RR variety, exhibits:

  • Rps1k resistance to PRR.

  • Excellent tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis and BSR.

  • Very good emergence and stress tolerance ratings.

  • Very good standability; medium height.

  • Protein, 35.1%; oil, 18.5%.

Dairyland Seed — DSR228RR is a mid-Group II RR variety exhibiting:

  • Highest yields in 2000 Northern Region Illinois State Soybean Trial; outyielded A2101RR, A2301RR, A2401RR and A2602RR by 8-13% and P92B05RR, P92B51RR and P92B71RR by 13-16% in company trials.

  • Moderate BSR resistance.

  • Excellent iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Very good PRR field tolerance.

  • Protein, 36.3%; oil, 18.9%.

Dairyland Seed — DSR268RR, a mid-Group II RR soybean, provides:

  • High yields, outyielding both A2702RR and P92B71RR by 7% in company trials.

  • Moderate resistance to SCN race 3.

  • Resistance to SDS.

  • Excellent PRR field tolerance.

  • Very good iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Very good white mold protection.

  • Protein, 35.5%; oil, 19.3%

Garst — 2612RR/N, a mid-Group II RR variety, provides:

  • Superb yields.

  • A short plant style that handles high populations well.

  • SCN resistance to race 3; moderate resistance to race 14.

  • Excellent field tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis.

Golden Harvest — H-2659RR, a mid-Group II RR variety, includes:

  • Very good emergence.

  • Moderately bushy, quick-canopy plants, suitable for all tillage.

  • Medium-to-tall plant height for its maturity; for use in heavy clay to highly fertile soils.

  • Rps1k gene for multirace PRR resistance and excellent tolerance to all PRR races.

  • Excellent BSR tolerance.

  • Very good tolerance to iron deficiency chlorosis and drought stress.

Great Lakes Hybrids — GL 2704RR is a mid-Group II RR soybean offering:

  • Very good tolerance to PRR.

  • Tall plant type.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Excellent yield capacity.

  • Protein, 34.9%; oil, 19.3%.

Growmark (FS HiSOY) — HS 2515 is a mid-Group II RR variety featuring:

  • Rps1k resistance to PRR.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Very good field tolerance to white mold and iron deficiency chlorosis.

  • Excellent emergence.

  • Medium-height plant with semi-bushy canopy.

  • Adaptability to all growing environments.

Kaltenberg Seeds — KB231RR, a mid-Group II RR variety, features:

  • Very good field tolerance to PRR.

  • Resistance to BSR.

  • Very good tolerance to white mold, moderate resistance to SCN race 3.

  • Excellent emergence and standability.

  • Medium-height, medium-bush plant shape that's well adapted to high-yielding environments and all row widths.

  • Protein, 37.9%; oil, 18.3%.

Midwest Seed Genetics — GR 2485, a mid-Group II RR variety, features:

  • High yield potential with an excellent defensive package.

  • PRR resistance with the Rps1k gene.

  • Excellent tolerance to BSR and iron chlorosis.

  • Adaptability to all row widths, from East to West.

  • Medium plant height with excellent emergence.

  • Protein, 35.1%; oil, 18.5%.

Ottilie Seed Farms — RO 8259RR is a mid-Group II RR variety exhibiting:

  • Very good field tolerance to PRR.

  • Very good tolerance to BSR.

  • Excellent emergence; very good standability.

  • Adaptability to all row widths.

  • Medium-height, intermediate type.

  • Excellent drought tolerance.

Syngenta Seeds — S26-H2, a mid-Group II RR variety, features:

  • Very good emergence.

  • Medium-tall height.

  • SCN moderate resistance to races 3 & 14.

  • Rps1c resistance to PRR.

  • Moderate tolerance to SDS and BSR.

  • Protein, 36%; oil, 18%.

Hy-Vigor Seeds — 216 NR, a mid-Group II RR soybean, offers:

  • SCN resistance to races 3 & 14.

  • Very good PRR and iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • White mold tolerance.

  • Protein, 37.3%; oil, 19.7%.

Hy-Vigor Seeds — 2431 RR, a mid-Group II RR soybean, exhibits:

  • Very good PRR field tolerance.

  • Bushy, medium-tall plant that works well in no-till drilled fields.

  • Excellent emergence.

  • Tolerance to BSR.

  • Good white mold and iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance.

  • Protein, 36.1%; oil, 17.8%.

LG Seeds — C2666NRR is a mid-Group II RR soybean offering:

  • Excellent grain quality.

  • One of the highest yields of RR products in non-cyst locations.

  • Very good emergence and standability.

  • SCN resistance to race 3.

  • Protein, 35.5%; oil, 19.3%.

Kruger Seed — K-288RR/SCN, a mid- to late Group II RR soybean, exhibits:

  • SCN