2018 Ohio Soybean Performance Trial Entries in Order of Relative Maturity

North Region:
Early Maturity - 2.1 to 3.0
Late Maturity - 3.1 to 3.9

Central Region:
Early Maturity - 2.5 to 3.3
Late Maturity - 3.4 to 4.1

South Region:
Early Maturity - 2.5 to 3.6
Late Maturity - 3.7 to 4.4

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Ohio Soybean Performance Trials 2018

Wayde Looker, Matthew Hankinson, John McCormick, and Laura Lindsey
Dept. of Horticulture & Crop Science
Ohio State University Extension and 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 for yield and other agronomic characteristics. This evaluation gives soybean producers comparative information for selecting the best varieties for their unique production systems.


The entries for each test site were planted in a randomized complete block design. Each entry was replicated four times and planted in plots 28 ft long and 5 ft wide containing four rows seeded at 15-inch row width. Seeding rate was 150,000 seeds per acre. Corn was the previous crop except the N1 location where winter wheat was the previous crop. All sites were no-till except the N1 location, which was conventionally tilled. Farmer cooperators sprayed preemergence herbicides (varied by location). Postemergence herbicides included: N1, N2, and S2 = Select Max, Alliance, Basagran, First Rate, and Flexstar. C2 = Select Max, Alliance, Basagran, and Flexstar. C1 and S1 = Select Max, Alliance, Basagran, First Rate, Flexstar, and Raptor.


Entries in Trials. Performance of entries in The Ohio Soybean Performance Trials are published if seed will be available to Ohio soybean producers for the following planting season. All 2018 entries were submitted voluntarily by seed companies. Entry fee charges were paid per entry and region.

Test by Maturity and Type. Varieties were grouped, tested and analyzed by maturity (early and late). Conventional, Liberty Link, Roundup Ready, and Xtend varieties were tested in the same block to allow for head-to-head comparisons. Conventional, Liberty Link, Roundup Ready, and Xtend entries are statistically comparable within a location and maturity grouping (early or late). Conventional herbicides were sprayed on all entries. Use the links to the left to find varieties by region, maturity, and type.


Table 1: The 2017 Ohio Soybean Performance Trials, Site Descriptions
  N1 N2 C1 C2 S1 S2
  Henry Co. Sandusky Co. Mercer Co. Marion Co. Preble Co. Clinton Co.
Soil texture Clay Sandy loam Clay Clay Clay loam Silt loam
Soil pH 6.5 6.8 7.2 6.3 6.3 6.7
Soil Test P (ppm) 21 23 88 31 158 51
Soil Test K (ppm) 191 79 192 175 169 134
Plant date 29-May 4-Jun 24-May 17-May 14-May 11-May
Harvest date 18-Oct (early); 19-Oct (late) 23-Oct 21-Oct 12-Oct 3-Oct 1-Oct

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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. Relative maturity was submitted by seed companies.

Lodging Score. There was limited lodging at all trial locations except S2 (Clinton County). Lodging was rated at the S2 location at harvest using the scale: 1 = nearly all plants erect, 2 = most plants leaning slightly, 3 = most plants leaning moderately (45° angle), 4 = most plants horizontal, 5 = 80% or more of the plants down on the soil surface.

Seed size. Seed size is reported as number of seeds per pound.

Yield. Each soybean variety was harvested when the moisture content was between 8 and 14 percent and yields reported in bushels per acre at 13 percent moisture. Grain was not collected for two varieties and listed as “not tested.”

Protein, Oil Percentage. Analysis was determined by near infrared transmittance technology. The test was performed using a Foss NIR whole grain analyzer and is reported at 13 percent moisture. Protein and oil were determined from varieties grown at the C2 location.

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 90% of the time if their yields differ by more than the LSD value shown for that maturity group. A double asterisk (**) is used to denote the variety with the highest yield within a region and maturity grouping. A single asterisk (*) is used to denote varieties with yield not statistically different than the highest yielding variety.

DATA USE. 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 Ohio State University Extension.

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