As with our Northern varieties (see page 14), the majority of new players in the Southern soybean market are Roundup Ready. Divided by maturity group, these pureline variety choices move from early to mid- to late maturities within each group.

Note that all the varieties listed are Roundup Ready except, of course, those boxed and labeled as conventional. A few are also STS-resistant, but they will be identified.

Some common 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). Iron deficiency chlorosis is shortened to IDC. Note, too, that protein and oil data are based at 13% moisture.

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Roundup Ready Group III

Mycogen Seeds — 5B311RR (early) features:

  • Improvement over 5316RR, higher yield potential.

  • Rps1k gene for PRR resistance; good SDS tolerance.

  • Good standability across soil types; adaptation to all row spacings.

Garst Seed — 3812RR/N (late) exhibits:

  • High yields on SCN-infested acres.

  • Very good field tolerance to PRR.

  • Moderately tall, bushy plant; good performance across all areas.

  • Protein, 36.2%; oil, 18.2%.

Mycogen Seeds — 5B381NRR (late) has:

  • Exceptional yields; strong defensive traits.

  • PRR resistance (Rps1k).

  • Excellent emergence vigor.

  • Very high tolerance to BSR and SDS.

  • Preference for good growing conditions; avoid sandy or droughty soils.

NC+ Hybrids — 3A92RR (late) provides:

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

  • Great standability; uniform plant type.

  • Wide adaptation from KS to southern IL; very good stress tolerance in poor soils.

  • Rps1c PRR resistance; above-average SDS scores.

Roundup Ready Group IV

Croplan Genetics — RC4332 (early) features:

  • Moderate SCN resistance to race 3.

  • Very good SDS tolerance.

  • High yields on narrow rows.

  • Excellent standability.

LG Seeds — C4112NRR (early) provides:

  • Moderately tall plant with medium canopy.

  • SCN resistance; very good SDS tolerance; excellent against frogeye leaf spot.

  • High yield potential in stress environments.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l — 94B13 RR (early) offers:

  • Excellent yield potential.

  • Outstanding resistance to SCN race 3 and good resistance to race 14.

  • Good tolerance to SDS.

  • Good field emergence; excellent standability.

Stine Seed Co. — S4442-4 (early) provides:

  • Excellent emergence and standability.

  • Very good PRR tolerance; above-average SDS tolerance; resistance to SCN races 3 and 14.

  • Stacked RR/STS traits.

  • Protein, 35.8%; oil, 18.2%.

Syngenta Seeds — S40-R9 (early) features:

  • Resistance to SCN (PI 88788 type).

  • Very good tolerance to PRR; moderate tolerance to BSR and SDS.

  • Excellent emergence; medium tall with intermediate canopy.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 19%.

Golden Harvest — H-4368RR, (early to mid-) exhibits:

  • Resistance to SCN race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14; excellent SDS tolerance.

  • Excellent emergence and early vigor.

  • Very high yields for maturity; good stress tolerance.

  • Adapted to Midsouth and IL and MO Group IV growing areas.

Great Lakes Hybrids — GL4409RR (mid) offers:

  • Good tolerance to SDS, frogeye leaf spot and stem canker.

  • Standability as good as GL4309RR with better yield potential.

  • Rps1a gene for PRR; excellent BSR and IDC protection; resistance to SCN race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14.

Hartz — H4454RR (mid) features:

  • Excellent resistance to stem canker.

  • Very good SDS tolerance; moderate resistance to SCN race 3.

  • Very good standability; excellent emergence; good adaptation to Southern soybean production systems.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 19%.

Golden Harvest — H-4593RRSTS (mid) exhibits:

  • Tolerance to RR/STS herbicides; excellent field tolerance to PRR.

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

  • High yield potential; excellent emergence; suitable for no-till; good standability.

LG Seeds — C4444NRR (mid) features:

  • A tall, upright branching plant.

  • SCN resistance; excellent tolerance to SDS, frogeye leaf spot and stem canker.

  • Extremely good stress endurance; very good standability for its height.

  • Adaptation to all row widths and stress-prone soils.

Golden Harvest — H-4772RR (mid- to late) features:

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

  • Medium to medium-thin plants; good standability.

  • Very good tolerance to PRR; good tolerance to SDS, frogeye leaf spot and stem canker.

  • Adaptation to growing conditions in Midsouth and MO Bootheel; salt includer.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l — 94B74 RR (mid- to late) offers:

  • Exceptional yield potential.

  • Good resistance to SCN races 2 and 3; excellent resistance to race 14.

  • Multirace PRR resistance (Rps1k gene).

  • Good field emergence, standability and tolerance to SDS; outstanding reduced tillage adaptability.

LG Seeds — C4725NRR (late) provides:

  • SCN resistance; very good SDS tolerance; excellent against frogeye leaf spot.

  • Very consistent yields across all environments.

  • Good adaptability to doublecrop situations.

MFA Inc. — Morsoy RT 4802N (late) offers:

  • Medium height; performs very well in stress ares.

  • Good field tolerance to frogeye leaf spot.

  • Excellent emergence.

  • Excellent field tolerance to SCN race 3.

Stine Seed Co. — S4882-4 (late) exhibits:

  • Excellent emergence; outstanding yields.

  • Very good PRR tolerance.

  • Resistance to SCN race 3; moderate resistance to race 14; good frogeye leaf spot tolerance.

  • Protein, 36.8%; oil, 18.1%.

Roundup Ready Group V

Croplan Genetics — RC5332 (early) features:

  • Excellent resistance to frogeye leaf spot.

  • Resistant to root-knot nematode.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Moderate resistance to SCN races 3 and 14.

Great Lakes Hybrids — GL5309RR (early) offers:

  • Good performance on tough clay soils.

  • Excellent emergence, lodging and shatter resistance.

  • Resistance to SCN race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14; Rps1c gene for PRR; excellent tolerance to BSR, SDS and IDC.

Hartz — H5223RR (early) features:

  • Excellent emergence and lodging resistance.

  • SCN resistance to races 3 and 14; good tolerance to SDS; good resistance to frogeye leaf spot.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 19%.

MFA Inc. — Morsoy RT 5252N (early) exhibits:

  • Medium height; excellent standability.

  • Very good SDS field tolerance; good field tolerance to frogeye leaf spot.

  • Moderate field tolerance to SCN races 3 and 14.

Asgrow Seed — AG5301 (early to mid-) features:

  • SCN resistance (moderate resistance to races 3 and 14); very good tolerance to SDS and frogeye leaf spot.

  • Excellent standability; very good emergence; excellent yield potential.

  • Protein, 34%; oil, 21%.

Delta and Pine Land Co. — DP 5734 RR (mid) offers:

  • Resistance to southern cyst nematode races 1 and 3.

  • Resistance to the southern root-knot nematode.

  • Excluder/chloride soil tolerant; uniform maturity for an easy harvest.

Hornbeck Seeds — HBK R5422 (mid) exhibits:

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

  • Good field tolerance to PRR and SDS; resistance to southern and peanut root-knot nematode.

  • Determinate narrow plant type; very good emergence; adaptation to 30" rows or less; very high yield.

MFA Inc. — Morsoy RT 5442N (mid) has:

  • Medium height; excellent standability.

  • Excellent field tolerance to SDS; excellent field tolerance to SCN race 3.

  • Very good field tolerance to frogeye leaf spot.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l — 95B42 RR (mid) provides:

  • Top yield potential.

  • Very good resistance to SCN race 3, susceptible to race 14; excellent tolerance to southern root-knot nematode.

  • Strong field emergence and standability.

Syngenta Seeds — S56-D7 (mid) features:

  • Resistance to SCN (PI 88788 type); good resistance to stem canker; moderate tolerance to SDS.

  • Good emergence; medium height with intermediate canopy type.

  • Protein, 37%; oil, 18%.

Asgrow Seed — AG5903 (late) features:

  • SCN resistance to races 3 and 14; very good tolerance to PRR.

  • Excellent yield potential.

  • Protein, 35%; oil, 19%.

Croplan Genetics — RC5892 (late) shows:

  • Very good resistance to charcoal rot; moderate resistance to root-knot nematode.

  • Excellent standability.

  • Good performance on all soils, especially clay.

Delta and Pine Land Co. — DP 5915 RR (late) offers:

  • Impressive yields.

  • Resistance to southern cyst nematode race 3, stem canker, frogeye leaf spot, SDS and Cercospora leaf blight.

  • Reliability in stress or drought conditions; good performance in doublecrop.

Hartz — H5887RR (late) features:

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

  • Very good PRR field tolerance; good resistance to frogeye leaf spot.

  • Determinate plant type; excellent emergence; very good lodging resistance.

  • Protein, 36%; oil, 18%.

Hornbeck Seeds — HBK R5820 (late) offers:

  • Resistance to SCN races 3, 14 and 6.

  • Very good field tolerance to PRR, SDS and frogeye leaf spot.

  • Resistance to stem canker; good tolerance to aerial blight.

  • Great no-till variety on any row space; high yield.

Roundup Ready Group VI

Asgrow Seed — AG6202 (early) features:

  • SCN resistance (moderate resistance to race 3).

  • Very good tolerance to stem canker; excellent tolerance to frogeye leaf spot and SDS.

  • Excellent yield potential.

  • Protein, 37%; oil, 19%.

Garst Seed — 6112 RR/N (early) offers:

  • Very good yield potential across environments, soil types.

  • Medium-tall height; good standability.

  • Resistance to SCN race 3.

  • Moderately resistant to SDS, frogeye leaf spot, stem canker, southern root-knot nematode.

Syngenta Seeds — S64-J1 (mid) features:

  • Resistance to SCN (PI 88788 type).

  • Resistance to stem canker.

  • Good emergence.

  • Medium height, intermediate canopy type.

  • Protein, 37%; oil, 18%.

2003 Conventional Varieties For The South

Group III

Garst Seed — 3906N (late) provides:

  • Very high yields.
  • Excellent disease package.
  • Rps1c resistance to PRR; resistance to SCN race 3.
  • Moderately tall, rugged plant.
  • Protein, 35%; oil, 18.4%.

Group IV

Kansas State University — KS4602N (mid) offers:

  • Resistance to SCN race 3 and stem canker.
  • Excellent standability and emergence.
  • Medium height, intermediate-line plant shape.
  • Excellent yield potential in wide or narrow rows.
  • Protein, 37.5; oil 17.1%.

Hornbeck Seeds — HBK 4944CX (late) exhibits:

  • Resistant to all known SCN races.
  • Very high yield potential on cyst and non-cyst soils.
  • Indeterminate bushy plant.
  • Excellent row space adaptability.

Kansas State University — KS4702sp (late) exhibits:

  • Large seed with yellow hila.
  • Fair standability; good emergence.
  • Short height, wide-line plant shape.
  • Adaptability for high-yield environments.
  • Protein, 34.8%; oil, 17%.

Group V

Kansas State University — KS5502N (mid) offers:

  • Resistance to SCN races 2, 3, 4 and 14.
  • Excellent standability and emergence.
  • Short height, intermediate-line plant shape.
  • Excellent yield potential.
  • Protein, 35.1; oil, 16.5%.

University of Tennessee — USG 5601T (mid) features:

  • No. 1 position for yield in university, USDA tests.
  • Broad adaptation throughout Southeast and Midsouth.
  • Resistance to stem canker, soybean mosaic virus and southern root-knot nematode.
  • Protein, 36.7%; oil, 17.1%.