2006 Ohio Soybean Performance Trial Entries in Order of Relative Maturity

North Region Normal Varieties:
All Maturities

North Region Roundup Ready Varieties:
Early Maturity
Late Maturity

Central Region Normal Varieties:
All Maturites

Central Region Roundup Ready Varieties:
Early Maturity
Late Maturity

South Region Normal Varieties:
All Maturities

South Region Roundup Ready Varieties:
Early Maturity
Late Maturity



Ohio Soybean Performance Trials 2006

James E. Beuerlein, Professor, Dept. of Horticulture & Crop Science
Steve St. Martin, Professor, Dept. of Horticulture & Crop Science
Anne Dorrence, Associate Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology
Chris D. Kroon Van Diest, Research Associate, Dept. of Horticulture & Crop Science

Ohio State University Extension /OARDC
The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science

The purpose of the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials is to evaluate soybean varieties, brands and blends for yield, and other characteristics. This evaluation gives soybean producers comparative information for selecting the best varieties for their unique production systems.


Entries in trials. Entries in the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials are accepted if the seed will be available to Ohio farmers for the planting season following the trials. All 2006 entries were submitted voluntarily by seed companies and the Ohio Seed Improvement Association. Entry fee charges were made per entry and location.

Normal and Roundup Ready (RR) Test. The same production, testing and evaluation techniques, except for weed control, were used for Normal tests and Roundup Ready tests. The performance of Normal entries and Roundup Ready entries is not comparable statistically because they were not tested together and because different weed control programs were used for the two tests.


The entries for each test site were planted in a randomized complete-block design. Each entry was replicated four times and planted in plots 45 ft. long and 5 ft. wide containing four rows seeded at 170,000 seeds per acre.


The production practices used at each location are shown in Table 1 and 2006 rainfall is shown in Table 2.

Table 1.  2006 Cultural  Practices by Test Site

N1 N2 C1 C2   S1 S2
Henry Co.       Huron Co. Mercer Co.  Delaware Co.   Preble Co. Clinton Co.
Fall Tillage None  None Chisel None None None
Spring Tillage None Field Cult/Disk None None None None
Soil Type   Hoytville   Kibbie Mercer Blount Crosby Westland
Soil pH 6.4 6.0 6.8 6.0 6.5 6.0
Soil Test P(ppm) 34 50 21 31 40 41
Soil Test K(ppm) 200 213 158 182 289 212
Fertilizer 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
Previous Crop Corn Corn Corn Corn Corn Corn
Plant Date 5/24 5/23 5/31 5/30 6/06 5/9
Harvest Date 10/26 10/18 10/25 10/10 10/25 10/17

Normal Variety Weed Control


Canopy XL/Dual II/Roundup UltraMax



RR Variety Weed Control


Roundup UltraMax.


Table 2.  2006 Rainfall Data (Normal Rainfall)

N1 N2 C1 C2   S1 S2
Henry Co.       Huron Co. Mercer Co.  Delaware Co.   Preble Co. Clinton Co.
May  5.6(3.3) 4.3(3.6)   4.7(4.1) 3.7(3.8)  4.8(3.8)  1.5(4.7)
June  7.9(3.5)  7.0(3.9)  4.8(3.8) 4.3(3.8)  3.8(3.9) 2.9(3.6)
July  3.9(4.0)  4.2(4.2)  5.0(4.4)   4.1(3.8) 5.5(3.4)   4.7(3.9)  
August 1.4(3.1) 1.2(3.5) 3.2(3.6)  2.4(3.1)  4.4(3.1) 5.4(3.5)
September   1.4(2.8)  2.3(3.2) 2.2(3.3) 2.1(2.9) 3.5(2.7) 5.3(3.0)  
TOTAL 20.2(16.7) 18.9(18.4)  20.0(19.2)  16.5(17.4) 21.9(16.9) 19.3(18.7)



Relative maturity. Relative maturity is a rating designed to account for all of the factors that affect maturity date and includes variety, planting date, weather, latitude and disease. Maturity is defined as the “95% brown pods” stage. A variety with a Relative Maturity rating of 3.5 will reach the 95% brown pod stage 5 days later than a variety with a rating of 3.0. September and October weather increased the length of time over which varieties matured and many varieties reached maturity up to 16 days later than normal although their “relative maturity” increased by only two to four days. All the varieties in a table were tested as a group, and their performance analyzed and reported for that group regardless of their 2006 relative maturity rating.

Plant height was taken just prior to harvest from the N1 and S2 sites where plants were moderately tall with little lodging.

Lodging score. There was no lodging in 2006.

Seed size is reported as seeds per pound.

Protein and oil % analysis was determined by near infrared transmittance technology. The test was performed by the OSU Grain Quality Lab using a Tecator Infratec whole grain analyzer calibrated with the Composition Systems Calibration developed at Iowa State University and is reported at 13% moisture.

Phytophthora Resistance Genes. . Phytophthora resistance genes were determined using a hypocotyl inoculation test. In this test, several races of Phytophthora are used to determine the presence or absence of a particular Rps gene. The Rps genes (Rps1a, Rps1c, etc.) detected in a variety are listed in Tables 3 8. “ND” indicates that the Rps gene(s) could not be determined, and the variety has Rps6, Rps8 or a Rps gene combination of either 1c+3a or 1k + 3a. “None” indicates no resistance genes were detected.

Phytophthora Partial Resistance. All varieties were evaluated for partial resistance. Partial resistance is a multi genic characteristic that provides some level of protection against all known races of Phytophthora. Ratings of 3.0 to 3.9 are considered high levels of partial resistance and will provide good levels of control. Ratings of 4.0 to 5.0 are considered moderate and will allow some yield loss when environmental conditions favor Phytophthora. Ratings over 5.0 indicate very little partial resistance or protection against Phytophthora. For Ohio Producers with fields with a history of Phytophthora root and stem, varieties should have a combination of Rps genes plus partial resistance to Phytophthora for the best protection.

Yield. Each soybean variety was harvested at a moisture content between 9 and 15 percent and yields computed to bushels per acre at 13 percent moisture.

LSD. A Least Significant Difference (LSD) for yield was computed for each maturity group. LSD's are reported in bushels per acre at 13 percent moisture. Yields of two varieties within a maturity group are significantly different 70% of the time if their yields differ by more than the LSD value shown for that maturity group.


Inclusion of entries in the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials does not constitute an endorsement of a particular entry by the Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, or the Ohio State University Extension.

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