With processors on the eve of offering protein and oil premiums, growers know those criteria are gaining importance as they pick their soybean varieties.

But what do the percentages really mean? Do they really tell a grower what the protein or oil content will be with a certain variety when grown on the farm?

It depends on the company - where the protein and oil contents were taken, by what method and how they were determined, says Charles Hurburgh, Iowa State University ag engineer.

"Everybody isn't on the same basis," explains Hurburgh.

"The best way to express protein and oil is not in absolute numbers, but against a benchmark. Compare the average at the location the data was collected. Then, instead of saying protein is 36% and oil is 18%, you can say the protein of this variety should be one percentage point above average and the oil should be about equal," he adds.

The following list of new soybean varieties comes from breeders and agronomists at USDA-ARS, universities and private companies. All protein and oil percentages are compared on a 13% moisture basis . (Note: some were measured in different ways.)

In selecting varieties, Hurburgh recommends that growers quiz seed companies about how protein and oil data were determined before banking on premiums. Growers can also compare percentages against the annual state and regional survey provided by the American Soybean Association and United Soybean Board (see printed article).

Keep in mind that only up to four varieties per company are listed here. And that much of the yield data reported is based on company trials. So browse through this wish list and then talk with seed company representatives about what else may be available. The following pureline variety choices are divided into conventional, Roundup Ready and STS varieties, and by maturity groups.

Group 00 - Conventional

Mycogen Seeds: This mid-Group 00, Mycogen 5007, offers exceptional iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance and high yields. Its emergence vigor and lodging resistance are excellent, making it well-suited for no-till drilling, narrow rows and high plant populations. It outyielded McCall by over 5 bu/acre in company trials. Its phytophthora root rot (PRR) tolerance is very good. Protein and oil contents, at 13% moisture, were 38.6% and 20.3%, respectively.

Peterson Farms Seed: Lena is a late Group 00 variety well-adapted for Northern growers. This yellow hilum soybean shows moderate tolerance to iron chlorosis and an intermediate plant type. Two-year data show a 1.9-bu/acre advantage over Agassiz while maturing five to six days earlier. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Group 0 - Roundup Ready

Peterson Farms Seed: Probably the earliest Roundup Ready (RR) variety available for 2000, 0003RR, a mid-Group O, shows a 2.9-bu advantage over Agassiz and a 1.9-bu edge over Pioneer 9042. This medium-tall variety shows good lodging resistance and moderate tolerance to iron chlorosis. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Group 0 - Conventional

Peterson Farms Seed: Thor is a mid-Group 0 with superb iron chlorosis tolerance as well as the Rps1k gene for multirace PRR resistance. It yields 5.3 bu/acre over Pioneer 9042, 2.6 bu over Ozzie. Its medium height and narrow plant profile suit it for narrow rows. Protein and oil data unavailable.

University of Minnesota: MN 0901, a late Group 0, carries the Rps1 gene for PRR resistance. It has outyielded Lambert by about 5% in Minnesota and regional tests. The variety has very good standability, good seed quality and average tolerance to metribuzin. Taller than average for its maturity, the bean has a normal plant canopy and performs well in narrow rows. Protein, 35.3%; oil, 18.6%.

Group I - Roundup Ready

Dairyland Seed: DSR-131RR is an early Group I that ranked second to fifth in Minnesota and Iowa yield trials, outyielding other commercial varieties by 3, 5 and 13%. With very good emergence, it is tolerant to PRR but carries no PRR-resistant genes. It is not resistant to soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Protein, 38%; oil, 18.5%.

Hy-Vigor Seed: 111 RR is an early Group I with the Rps1k gene, offering multirace resistance to PRR. It's also resistant to brown stem rot (BSR) and shows excellent tolerance to white mold. Standability is good and the plant is of medium height. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Stine Seed Co.: 1202-4, an early Group I, is a medium-height RR variety with very good emergence and standability. It offers moderate resistance to SCN races 3 and 14. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Garst Seed: D160RR provides excellent yield, good emergence, very good iron chlorosis tolerance, good white mold tolerance and multirace PRR resistance. This mid-Group I, medium-height, bushy-canopy variety stands well. It's well-suited for all row widths and soil types. Shatter resistance is excellent. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Golden Harvest: H-1565RR is a mid-Group I exhibiting medium-tall, semi-bush plants with average standability but excellent stress tolerance. It offers good white mold tolerance, the Rps1c gene for multirace PRR resistance and sets a new standard for iron chlorosis tolerance. It performs well in all row widths and tillage practices and is well-suited for heavy clays, rolling ground and high fertility fields. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Mycogen Seeds: Atlas 5141RR, a mid-Group I, features competitive yields and very good iron chlorosis tolerance. Its excellent emergence score helps make it suitable for no-till planting in wide or narrow rows. PRR field tolerance is rated excellent; BSR, very good. In company trials, it outyielded S14-M7RR by nearly 3 bu/acre. Protein, 40%; oil, 18.8%.

Novartis-NK: S14-B2 is a mid-Group I RR variety maturing slightly later than S12-49. It's medium-short in plant height and has good standability. The variety has the Rps1c gene for resistance to PRR. It has moderate tolerance to BSR, white mold and iron chlorosis and is susceptible to SCN. S14-B2 has good stress tolerance and shatter resistance. In two years of company trials, it outyielded S14-M7 by over 2 bu/acre, with a 5-bu/acre advantage in Minnesota. Protein, 37%; oil, 17%.

ProfiSeed, Inc.: PS 4179RR, a mid-late Group I variety with high iron chlorosis tolerance, outstanding emergence and standability, is adaptable to all row widths. The variety also has excellent tolerance to white mold and PRR. In company tests, it has outyielded Asgrow 1901 by 2.5 bu/acre. Protein, 36.1%; oil 18.5%.

Dekalb Genetics: CX198RR is a late Group I soybean with very good emergence, seedling vigor and standability. The medium-height, medium-canopy plant has good tolerance to white mold. It's suited for narrow rows and solid seeding and performs best in medium to heavy soils with moderate pH. Protein, 35.8%; oil, 19.8%.

Great Lakes Hybrids: GL 1902RR is a late Group I maturity with great standability. Just a touch shorter than S19-90, it exhibits excellent white mold tolerance. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Latham Seeds: 337RR, a late Group I variety with medium height and plant type, scores 1.3 for emergence and 1.5 for standability. The soybean shows excellent field tolerance to PRR and works well on high-pH soils with a good iron chlorosis score. It's tolerant to BSR and white mold and is especially adapted to the Webster-Nicollet-Clarion soils of north-central Iowa and southern Minnesota, where iron chlorosis and white mold are prevalent. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Group I Conventional

Kaltenberg Seeds: A mid-Group I maturity, KB148 has produced excellent yields in company tests. It also shows a strong tolerance to iron chlorosis and white mold. Protein and oil data unavailable.

AgriPro Seeds: AP1755 is a late Group I that combines excellent emergence, the Rps1c gene for PRR resistance, very good white mold tolerance and excellent iron chlorosis tolerance. It can be grown in any row spacing at higher densities. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Novartis-NK: A late Group 1, S19-T9 matures comparable to S19-90. It has excellent emergence and standability with medium plant height and a slender canopy type. The variety has the Rps1c gene for PRR tolerance and good field resistance to BSR and white mold. Intermediate in tolerance to iron chlorosis, it is susceptible to SCN. Two-year company trials show that it can yield 2.5 bu/acre more than S19-90. Protein, 37%; oil, 17%.

University Of Minnesota: MN 1801 is a late Group I that has outyielded Parker by about 5%. It carries the Rps1c gene for PRR resistance, has very good standability, good seed quality and above-average tolerance to metribuzin. Taller than average for its maturity, the bean has a normal plant canopy and performs well in narrow rows. Protein, 36.7%; oil, 17.7%.

Group II Roundup Ready

Asgrow Seed Co.: This early Group II, AG2001, contains the RR gene and above-average tolerance to white mold. Also resistant to PRR (Rps1k gene), the variety has iron chlorosis and BSR ratings similar to AG1901 but outyielded it by 1.4 bu/acre over 126 locations. Protein, 36.3%; oil, 18.4%.

FFR Cooperative: RT1999 is an early Group II RR variety featuring excellent BSR tolerance, very good PRR tolerance and good tolerance to white mold. It outyielded Pioneer 92B51 by 5.7 bu/acre and Asgrow AG2101 by 2.6 bu/acre in company trials. Of medium height, it has excellent standability. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Garst Seed: This rugged, early Group II variety, D202RR, defends against iron chlorosis and BSR. It also carries the Rps1c gene for multirace resistance to PRR. Medium in height, the variety shows excellent emergence and good standability at medium plant populations. It's suited for all row widths and soil types. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Latham Seeds: 527RRN is an early Group II variety with gene resistance to Roundup Ultra and SCN. A tall, medium-bush variety, it offers good emergence and standability, plus good PRR tolerance. It has done extremely well on high-pH soils and scored 2.1 on iron chlorosis. With excellent tolerance to BSR and white mold, the variety offers excellent yields and competes well with other RR and conventional varieties. Protein and oil data unavailable.

ProfiSeed, Inc.: PS 423NRR is an early Group II RR variety with resistance to SCN races 3 and 4 (14). A tall, bushy variety with very good emergence and standability, it can be planted in all row widths. The variety also tolerates iron chlorosis and white mold well. In two years of company trials, it outyielded Asgrow 2101 by over 1 bu/acre. Protein, 37.3%; oil, 19.4%.

Kruger Seed Co.: K-232RR/SCN is an early Group II developed to produce high yields in SCN-infested fields. It also yields well in fields without SCN problems. It offers moderate iron chlorosis tolerance and above-average white mold tolerance. Protein, 37.8%; oil, 19.8%.

NC+ Hybrids: The top-yielding early Group II variety in NC+ RR trials, 2A39RR provides good emergence and standability, excellent shatter tolerance and above-average stress tolerance. It's good in variable soil types and suitable for all row widths. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Great Lakes Hybrids: An early to mid-Group II variety, GL 2300RR has high yield potential and a good defensive package, including the Rps1k gene for PRR resistance, BSR resistance and excellent iron chlorosis tolerance. It grows up to 4" taller than GL 2600RR. Protein, 36.8%; oil, 18.6%.

Kaltenberg Seeds: An early to mid-Group II variety, KB230RR offers SCN resistance and excellent yields. It also has tolerance to white mold. Protein and oil data unavailable.

AgriPro Seeds: AP2415RR provides consistently high yields from east to west under many tillage systems, row spacings and plant populations. This mid-Group II emerges quickly and has excellent tolerance to both PRR and BSR. Iron chlorosis tolerance is average. Protein, 36.4%; oil, 19.3%.

Dekalb Genetics: CX242RR is a mid-Group II with excellent emergence, seedling vigor and standability. The medium-height plant has good BSR tolerance, adapts to all row widths - including solid seeding - and performs best in highly productive soils. Protein, 36.5%; oil, 19.4%.

Golden Harvest: Good BSR and PRR tolerance, excellent emergence and standability and good plant health characterize H-2595RR, a mid-Group II variety. It performs best on productive, well-drained soils and row widths of 30" or narrower. Iron chlorosis and white mold tolerance is average. It performs similarly to H-1263. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Great Lakes Hybrids: GL 2409RR, a mid-Group II, provides good SCN and white mold protection. Its yield: excellent in three years of yield testing. Protein, 37.3%; oil, 19.4%.

Kaltenberg Seeds: A mid-Group II, KB242RR provides excellent yields. The variety is resistant to BSR, contains the Rps1k gene for PRR resistance and is iron chlorosis-tolerant. Protein and oil data unavailable

Latham Seeds: A mid-Group II variety, 667RR is medium in height with medium plant type and scores well on emergence and standability. It has the Rps1k gene for PRR, good tolerance to iron chlorosis and is BSR-resistant. This variety is especially adapted to Webster-Nicollet-Clarion soils of central and northern Iowa. It has high yield potential and competes well with other varieties. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Stine Seed Co.: 2506-4, a mid-Group II, offers not only Roundup technology but also the Rps1k gene for multirace PRR resistance. The variety, which has excellent BSR and good iron chlorosis tolerance, replaces 2590-4 and 2698-4 with 6% and 5% higher yields, respectively. It exhibits excellent emergence and very good standability and can be planted in all soil types. Protein, 36.8%; oil, 18.6%.

Great Lakes Hybrids: A mid-late Group II, GL 2700RR is a very defensive, high-yielding soybean. A cross of GL 2334 and GL 2600RR, it has good BSR tolerance and high field tolerance to PRR. Protein, 34.1%; oil, 15.1%.

AgriPro Seeds: AP2949RR/N is a late Group II fully resistant to SCN race 3 and moderately resistant to race 14. It shows good field tolerance to PRR and exhibits excellent emergence and good standability at normal seeding rates. The medium-tall, bushy plant adapts well to wide rows. Protein, 37.6%; oil, 19.5%.

Asgrow Seed Co.: A late Group II, AG2903 is an RR variety with resistance to SCN race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14. It has good BSR tolerance and has PRR Rps1c resistance. On non-SCN soils, AG2903 has yielded similarly to AG3002. Protein, 36.5%; oil, 17.7%.

FFR Cooperative: A late Group II, RT2786 is an RR variety with the Rps1k gene and very good tolerance to PRR, SDS and BSR. It has outyielded Pioneer 93B01 by 1.1 bu/acre and Asgrow AG2901 by 2.9 bu/acre. It has very good standability and performs very well in all soil types. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Growmark (FS HiSoy): A late Group II, RT 2896 is an RR variety that features multirace resistance to PRR and resistance to BSR. It shows very good emergence and adapts to different row widths and soil types. It has outperformed Pioneer 93B01 by 1 bu/acre and Asgrow AG2901 by 2.8 bushels in company trials. Protein, 37.8%; oil, 18.4%.

Hy-Vigor Seed: A late Group II, 2940RR is a tall plant with an excellent lodging score, according to company trials. It shows very good PRR and white mold tolerance; good BSR tolerance. The soybean has very good emergence for a good narrow-row variety. Protein, 36.4%; oil, 18.8%.

LG Seeds: 6284RR features medium-tall, high-yielding plants that perform well east to west across soil types and environments. This late Group II is resistant to PRR and highly tolerant to BSR and charcoal rot. It can be planted no-till or conventionally in wide or narrow rows. Protein and oil unavailable.

Novartis-NK: S29-C9 is a late Group II RR variety maturing about the same as S28-V8. It is medium-tall with average standability. It has moderate tolerance to PRR and good tolerance to BSR. Iron chlorosis, sudden death syndrome (SDS) and white mold tolerance are average but stress tolerance is very good. The variety will perform well in either wide or narrow rows. In company trials, it has outyielded S28-V8 by just over 2 bu/acre. Protein, 36%; oil, 17%.

Ottilie Seed Farms: RO 8293RR offers the Rps1k PRR resistance as well as good PRR field tolerance. A late Group II, it has excellent emergence and resists lodging and shattering. Resistant to BSR, the bean shows very good tolerance to SDS, white mold and SCN. It placed first in yield against all late Group II beans in 1998. Adapted to all row widths, it tolerates drought well. Protein, 40.2%; oil, 16.7%.

ProfiSeed, Inc.: PS 427RR topped company plots in 1998 with over 74 bu/acre. This late Group II variety preforms best in 30" or greater row widths. It has the Rps1k gene for PRR resistance and excellent BSR tolerance. A tall, full plant type, PS 427RR can be planted across the entire western Corn Belt. Seed supplies will be very tight next spring. Protein, 37.9%; oil, 19.1%.

NC+ Hybrids: A late Group II, 2A88RR features Rps1a PRR resistance. It scores very well in PRR field tolerance and BSR ratings. A bush-type plant of medium height, the variety has excellent emergence, good standability and shatter tolerance. It is suited to all row widths. Protein and oil data unavailable.

NC+ Hybrids: Also a late Group II, 2A97RR holds the Rps1k gene for PRR resistance. Medium-tall and bushy, the soybean offers outstanding yield potential, good standability and excellent stress tolerance. It is well-suited to all row widths. Moderate populations are recommended in high-fertility situations. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Ottilie Seed Farms: RO 8275RRN is a late Group II with resistance to SCN races 3 and 4 (14). An intermediate type with medium height, it carries Rps1c resistance to PRR and has very good field tolerance. The bean has excellent emergence and lodging and shatter resistance. It has very good BSR resistance. In company plots, it outyielded all check variety averages by 2.4 bu/acre in '98. It works in all row widths and tolerates drought well. Protein, 37.3%; oil, 19.3%.

Group II Conventional

Hy-Vigor Seed: An early Group II, 2202 is of medium height with the Rps1k gene for good PRR resistance. It offers excellent emergence and vigor and a very good iron chlorosis score. The variety also grows well in narrow rows and heavy soils. Protein, 37.6%; oil, 19.2%.

LG Seeds: A very high-yielding, early Group II soybean, LG 6200 adapts well to narrow rows and no-till, although it can be planted conventionally. It carries above-average tolerance to PRR and BSR. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l.: 92B35 is an early Group II with resistance to SCN race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14. It also has very good iron chlorosis tolerance and good PRR tolerance. In company tests it has outyielded 9234 by over 4%. Standability and emergence are rated very good on this moderately tall, medium-canopy plant. Protein, 36%; oil, 19%.

Garst Seed: D259N, a mid-Group II, is fully resistant to race 3 and moderately resistant to race 14 of SCN. It has good iron chlorosis tolerance, very good field tolerance to PRR and is highly tolerant to BSR. Emergence is excellent; standability, good. Medium in height, it's especially adapted for 15" or wider rows in any tillage system. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Growmark (FS HiSoy): HS 2491 is resistant to BSR and shows very good PRR tolerance. A mid-Group II, it offers excellent emergence and standability and can be used in all row widths. The medium-canopy bean has yielded over 1 bu/acre more than Pioneer 9254 and Stine 2250 in company trials. Protein, 35.6%; oil, 19.6%.

Kaltenberg Seeds: KB240 is a mid-Group II that offers excellent yields. Tolerant to BSR and white mold, it's a top-notch no-till variety. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Kruger Seed Co.: A mid-Group II soybean, K-2535+ was called the highest-yielding iron-efficient variety in the 1998 Iowa State University central Iowa early test, yielding 70.9 bu/acre. The variety works well both east and west, holding the highest two-year yield average in '98 South Dakota trials and second-highest two-year yield average in an Illinois test. It offers BSR tolerance and standability on highly calcareous and productive soils. Protein, 38%; oil, 18.7%.

Mycogen Seeds: 5249 is a mid-Group II featuring very high yield potential, excellent emergence and lodging resistance. It's well-suited for no-till and solid seeding. The soybean shows excellent PRR tolerance, high BSR tolerance, good iron chlorosis tolerance and above-average tolerance to white mold. In company trials, it outperformed 92B52 by over 3 bu/acre. Protein, 38.6%; oil, 18.7%.

ProfiSeed, Inc.: A mid-Group II, medium-height variety, PS 2509 offers high yield potential with excellent emergence and standability. It can be planted in all row widths and all soils. The soybean has very good PRR, iron chlorosis and white mold tolerance. In university tests, the variety yielded 62.6 bu/acre, 3.2 bu/acre over the plot average. Protein, 35.9%; oil, 19.6%.

Ohio State University/Ohio Ag Research And Development Center: Tiffin, a mid-late Group II, offers high yield potential and the double-barreled protection of Rps1c and Rps3 resistance to PRR in a state known as the national hotbed for the disease. It also has good tolerance to white mold but is moderately susceptible to BSR and susceptible to SCN. Protein, 35.6%; oil, 18.1%.

Dairyland Seed: DSR275 is a very strong soybean that combines very high yield potential with SCN resistance. This late Group II has outperformed DSR296 and DSR277 by 3% and 5%, respectively, in over 100 replicated company research trials. It yields well regardless of row spacing and holds the Rps1c gene for excellent PRR resistance. It also offers PRR tolerance and strong SDS tolerance. Protein, 38.2%; oil, 18.7%.

Group III Roundup Ready

Asgrow Seed Co.: AG3003 is an early Group III RR bean with good emergence and excellent lodging and BSR tolerance. It holds the PRR Rps1k resistance gene and has outyielded A3002 by 2.3 bu/acre over 64 locations. Protein, 36%; oil, 17.5%.

Dekalb Genetics: CX303RR is an early Group III with excellent emergence and standability. The medium-height, medium-bush plant adapts to all row widths and tillage practices. It performs best on highly productive soils and is excellent for early planting and conservation tillage. Protein, 36.3%; oil, 19.4%.

FFR Cooperative: RT3276 is an early Group III RR variety. It features the Rps1k gene and field tolerance for PRR, has very good tolerance for white mold and good BSR and SDS tolerance. It has outyielded Pioneer 9294RR by 9.3 bu/acre and Asgrow AG3002 by 4.1 bu/acre in company trials. A medium-short soybean, it has excellent standability and performs well in all soils. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Growmark (FS HiSoy): RT 3395 is an early Group III with both the RR gene and SCN resistance, plus above-average tolerance to PRR and BSR. It's a tall, medium-canopy variety with very good standability in narrow or wide rows. It outyielded both AG3002 and Pioneer 93B34 in company trials. Protein, 36.2%; oil, 19%.

Kruger Seed Co.: K-322+RR, an early Group III, offers a taller plant height, sudden death syndrome (SDS) tolerance, BSR resistance and the Rps1c gene for PRR resistance. It gives a strong performance over hills and heavy bottomland. In-house research shows that the variety outyielded high-yielding competitors by 11/2-41/2 bu/acre. Protein, 36.6%; oil, 19.4%.

LG Seeds: The stress-tolerant 6336RR is an early Group III that emerges rapidly and stands well into harvest. Yields are at the top of the early Group III maturity trials. The medium-tall plant is resistant to PRR and highly tolerant to SDS and BSR. It's adapted to varied soil types and well-suited to narrow rows and no-till. Protein and oil unavailable.

Latham Seeds: An early Group III variety, 1056RR is tall with a medium to bush plant type. With good emergence and standability, it also has the Rps1k gene for PRR resistance, rates well on iron chlorosis and resists BSR and white mold. The high-yielding variety is especially adapted to central and southern Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Mycogen Seeds: Atlas 5316RR is an early Group III featuring high yields and excellent shatter resistance. It shows very good tolerance to BSR, above-average tolerance to white mold and very good PRR tolerance. It also carries the PRR Rps1k gene. In company trials, it outyielded AG3002 by over 1 bu/acre and is especially suited for no-till planting in either narrow or wide rows. Protein, 39.8%; oil, 19%.

NC+ Hybrids: 3A40RR is an early Group III with Rps1k PRR resistance. A medium-tall, medium-bush plant, the variety boasts good emergence, standability and shatter resistance. It works well in all row widths. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l.: An early Group III, 93B35 resists specific PRR races with the Rps1k gene and has very good tolerance to other PRR races. It also holds exceptional tolerance to BSR. This Roundup-resistant variety, in company tests, has outyielded 93B53 by nearly 3% and rates excellent on standability and emergence. It's moderately short with a medium canopy width. Protein, 36%; oil, 20%.

Stine Seed Co.: 3203-4 is adapted to all row widths. This early Group III, with Roundup technology and the Rps1k gene for multirace PRR resistance, has excellent emergence and very good standability. It's similar to 3293-4. Protein, 37.7%; oil, 18%.

Dairyland Seed: A mid-Group III, DSR363RR delivers stronger yield potential than DSR351RR and DSR372RR, better standability and moderate SCN resistance. It is also very resistant to BSR and very tolerant to PRR and SDS. Protein, 37.8%; oil, 18.8%.

Golden Harvest: H-3505RR, a widely adapted mid-Group III, gives excellent emergence. It contains the Rps1a gene and offers excellent tolerance to PRR, BSR and other late-season diseases. Its medium-tall, semi-bush plants have good standability. And it's suitable to all row widths and to no-till. In company trials and packet plots, H-3505RR has outyielded H-1357RR. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Novartis-NK: S34-B2 is a mid-Group III soybean maturing about the same as S35-F5. It has excellent emergence, medium plant height, plus excellent standability and shatter resistance. It has the Rps1c gene for PRR resistance, shows moderate field resistance to BSR and average SDS tolerance. Two-year company tests have resulted in 1.5 bu/acre more for the new variety than S35-F5 and S36-U2, with improved disease resistance over either of the later varieties. Protein, 35%; oil, 18%.

Ottilie Seed Farms: RO 8340RR is a mid-Group III with Rps1k PRR resistance as well as good PRR field tolerance. It has excellent emergence and resistance to shattering and lodging. Besides offering very good tolerance to SDS, BSR, white mold and SCN, the bean yields well. It's suited for 30" rows or narrower and tolerates drought well. Protein, 38.8%; oil, 16.8%.

Stewart Seeds: SB3616R, a mid-late Group III, offers wide adaptability. Medium-tall with intermediate bushiness, it performs well in either wide or narrow rows. The soybean has excellent standability for its height and maturity. With multiple-race resistance to PRR, it also resists SDS well. Protein, 34%; oil, 19.1%.

AgriPro Seeds: Resistant to SCN race 3 and moderately resistant to race 14, AP3792RR/N is a late Group III soybean. Highly tolerant to BSR and SDS, the variety rates excellent in standability at higher seeding rates in narrow rows. It is a medium-tall plant with upright branching. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Dekalb Genetics: A high-yielding late Group III, CX391RR offers good emergence and standability, plus the Rps1k gene for PRR resistance. Medium-tall with a medium canopy, the variety adapts to all row widths and tillage practices. It's well-suited to medium- to heavy-textured soils. Protein, 36.9%; oil, 19.2%.

Garst Seed: This late Group III, D370RR, displays strong emergence and shatter resistance. Broadly adapted east to west and north to south, the soybean offers excellent SDS field tolerance, good BSR tolerance, the Rps1a gene for PRR resistance and iron chlorosis tolerance. The medium-tall plant adapts to all row widths and prefers early planting. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Golden Harvest: H-3848RR is a late Group III offering excellent emergence, tall plants and good tolerance to PRR and SDS. It's resistant to SCN race 3 and moderately resistant to race 14. It outyields H-1390RR and can be used as an early variety in northern Group IV growing areas. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Kruger Seed Co.: This late Group III was the highest-yielding RR/SCN-resistant variety tested in '98 University of Missouri cyst-resistant variety tests at two locations. K-383RR/SCN has the plant height, stress tolerance and RR technology to make good on bottomland or stress-prone hill ground. Protein, 36.3%; oil, 18.3%.

LG Seeds: 6393RR is a late Group III with moderately tall plants, exceptional yield potential and excellent stress tolerance. It shows strong tolerance to SDS and PRR and can be planted at moderate populations, either no-tilled or conventionally. The bean can also be doublecropped. It adapts widely to soil types, too. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l.: A late Group III, 93B84 offers PRR resistance with the Rps1k gene. It shows excellent tolerance to BSR and has outyielded 9396 by 4 bu/acre. Of medium height, this Roundup-resistant variety offers excellent standability and emergence. Protein, 36; oil, 20.

Group III Conventional

University of Nebraska: NE3297 is a high-yielding, early Group III. A tall variety, it offers excellent standability and emergence and adapts well to all row spacings. It's susceptible to BSR and PRR but shows moderately good resistance to SDS. In three years of Nebraska trials, it averaged 64.7 bu/acre. Protein, 37.3%; oil, 19.1%.

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l.: A mid-Group III with resistance to SCN races 3 and 14, 93B54 offers excellent standability and emergence. It also has very good tolerance to BSR and good PRR tolerance. In company tests, the moderately tall, medium-canopy bean has outyielded 9323 by over 4 bu/acre. Protein, 35%; oil, 20%.

University of Nebraska: NE3399 is a mid-Group III variety with high yield potential. A tall, moderately bushy plant, it offers excellent emergence and good standability. The soybean averaged 63.4 bu/acre in three-year Nebraska trials. It's susceptible to BSR and PRR. Protein, 37%; oil, 19.3%.

Stewart Seeds: An attractive, late Group III variety, SB3750 is well-suited for narrow or wide rows and for no-till. With a medium-short height, it offers good standability. It also features good tolerance to SDS and BSR. Protein, 37.5%; oil, 17.9%.

Group III STS

Dairyland Seed: DSR309STS, an early Group III, has outyielded DSR314STS by 8%, matures a day earlier and has much better standability. It has very good BSR tolerance and good tolerance to iron chlorosis. Besides carrying the STS herbicide-tolerance trait, the variety is very tolerant to PRR. It has excellent yield stability from Nebraska to Ohio. Protein, 37.9%; oil, 18.9%.

Stewart Seeds: Another early Group III STS variety, SB3269STS, is medium-tall with excellent standability and intermediate bushiness. It carries very good SCN resistance to race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14. Boasting excellent seedling vigor, it's widely adapted to various soil types and row widths and will adapt well to no-till. Protein, 36.7%; oil, 18.9%.

Growmark (FS HiSoy): HT 3693 is a mid-Group III STS variety of medium height and canopy to be used in all row widths. It rates good in emergence and standability, with good resistance to BSR and PRR. In company trials, it yielded 0.3 bu/acre more than Pioneer 93B82 and 5.1 bu more than Stine 3260. Protein, 36.8%; oil, 18.9%.

Group IV Roundup Ready

Asgrow Seed Co.: AG4402 is a mid-Group IV RR variety with resistance to SCN race 3. It offers good tolerance to SDS, charcoal rot and frogeye leaf spot and has PRR Rps1c resistance. It has outyielded AG4401 and AG4601 by more than 5 bu/acre over 21 locations. Protein, 35.9%; oil, 18%.

Delta King Seed Co.: A late Group IV, 4868RR features better-than-average SDS and charcoal rot tolerance. With excellent standability and good emergence, the bean grows well in narrow-row plantings and in a wide range of soil types and environments. Protein, 36.3%; oil, 17.8%.

Stine Seed Co.: Adapted to all row widths, 4802-4 is a late Group IV with RR technology. It shows resistance to SCN race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14. This tall bean, an excellent choice to replace Stine 4624, offers very good emergence and good standability. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Group IV Conventional

FFR Cooperative: LC4299 is an early Group IV with resistance to SCN races 3 and 14. It also carries the Rps1k gene for PRR resistance. In company trials, it outyielded Pioneer 9412 by 1.3 bu/acre. It grows well in a wide range of environments and has excellent standability. Protein and oil data unavailable.

Stewart Seeds: SB4509 is a mid-group IV variety of medium height, intermediate plant type and excellent standability. The variety adapts to any row width or tillage system, working well in no-till. It offers good resistance to SCN race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14. Protein, 34.4%; oil, 18.9%.

Ohio State University/Ohio Agricultural Research And Development Center: Troll is a mid-Group IV semidwarf variety developed for high-yield environments where lodging can be a problem with taller varieties. Under irrigation, it has produced 75-80 bu/acre. In regional trials, the bean has averaged 5 bu/acre more than Ripley, the semidwarf it is anticipated to replace. Troll carries the Rps1k gene for multiple-race resistance to PRR. As with all semidwarfs, it should be drilled at a seeding rate of four seeds/ft of row. Protein, 34.6%; oil, 19.1%.