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Demonstrations can help with soybean variety selection

Mississippi State University Extension soybean specialists looking for ways to help growers select better varieties for their farms.

Planting multiple small plots at 29 different locations in Mississippi can add up to a lot of numbers. But that’s what Extension specialists, county agents and producers did in the state in 2016.

The goal: To help growers get a better look at how new soybeans varieties respond to their growing conditions, including soil types, weather and their management styles, according to Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension soybean specialist.

“We provide the seed and helped with the planting and then we walk away,” said Irby, who spoke during a discussion on the new cotton and soybean herbicides and traits at the Delta Ag Expo in Cleveland, Miss. “From that point it was up to the grower to use his management style to grow the soybeans.”

Dr. Irby also talked about the importance of yield in soybean production systems – yield is still the no. 1 qualifier for variety selection.

He also gave growers a look at several years of University of Arkansas research comparing Roundup Ready and LibertyLink soybean varieties. The study showed little yield difference between varieties containing the herbicide-resistant traits.

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