SDSU’s Plant Science Variety Recommendation/Release Committee also approved two new soybean varieties for seed increase in 2011 and official release by 2012. Seed will be available through SDSU Foundation Seeds.

SD05-240 is a conventional cultivar for maturity group 1 (relative maturity 1.7), with high yield, good quality and Phytophthora resistance. The yield over multiple years and locations averaged 59-63 bu./acre, or 14% higher than the variety Deuel. Protein content at 13% moisture averaged 34.3-38.3%, while oil content averaged 18.2-19.1%. The variety has the resistance gene Rps 1k to Phytophthora rot. Plant height is 33 in., lodging score is 1.5-2.5 and seed quality is 1.2.

SD03-2154 is a conventional variety for maturity group 0 (relative maturity 0.7), with high yield, good quality, Phytophthora resistance and about two days earlier maturity than the variety Surge. Average yield was 42-54 bu./acre, about 5% higher than Surge and Sheyenne. At 13% moisture, the protein content was 35.1-37.4% and oil content was 17.9-19.7%. The variety has the resistance gene Rps 1k to Phytophthora rot. Plant height is 32 in., lodging score is 1.0-1.9 and seed quality is 1.6.