By Ken Sapsford
Seed companies continue to expand the potential for soybean production in Western Canada with earlier maturing and higher yielding varieties suited for short season areas. As soybean acreage moves past the one million acre mark, breeders have shown greater interest in developing varieties specific to the Prairies.
There is one new flax variety for 2016, and Nuseed Americas has introduced a new sunflower variety that is the first Express tolerant confection sunflower hybrid.
The seed companies supply information on the varieties, and growers are advised to check local performance trials to help in variety selection. Listing is by CHU for soybean.
PS 0088 R2 is a new Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield variety ideally suited for 2100-2500 CHU. Visually attractive plant with excellent standability and disease tolerance. This variety has very good plant height, branching characteristics and rapid canopy. Adapted for the mid and long season growing areas. Features Rps 1c phytopthora tolerance. Available from Pride Seeds dealers.
NSC Watson RR2Y is exceptionally early with a CHU of 2225 or relative maturity of 0007. It has shown to have exceptional early season vigour and very good bottom pod height which makes for much easier and quicker harvesting. It has a relatively tall stature and forms abundant cluster pods. Many pods have four and even five seeds. This line will be significant as it sets a new standard for maturity. Available from NorthStar Genetics seed dealers.
S0009-M2 is the first triple zero (000) maturity group soybean variety from Syngenta. S0009-M2 is a high-yielding, Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield variety that is well suited for soybean production in the Prairie provinces. With a 2275 CHU rating, S0009-M2 offers a very good disease package that includes the Rps6 gene for phytophthora root rot field tolerance, as well as very good white mould and iron deficiency chlorosis tolerance. S0009-M2 will be available in limited quantities for 2016 seeding and can be purchased through Syngenta seed dealers.
Notus R2 is a new soybean variety from Elite that is a great choice for producers needing early maturity with excellent yield potential. Notus R2 is rated at 2300 CHU or 00.1 relative maturity. It is a medium height, semi-bushy plant. Notus R2 has excellent standability and very good podding height. It is tolerant to iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) and white mould, and has very good field resistance to phytophthora root rot (Rps1c gene). Yields in Elite trials were
similar to Pekko R2 and maturity was two days earlier. Available from BrettYoung/Elite seed dealers.
Mahony R2 is a Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean with an exceptionally high yield uniquely combined with early maturity. It is a 2350 CHU soybean with a yield index of 109 per cent, providing it the unusual position of not only an early soybean that provides a good fit into most soybean growing areas of Western Canada, but also one of the top yielding soybeans available across the Prairies. Mahony R2 has a bushy plant type, very good lodging resistance and a susceptible rating to IDC. Mahony R2 is available from SeCan growers/retailers.
NSC Gladstone RR2Y was introduced last year, but was limited due to seed availability. It will be available on a wide scale this year. It has a CHU requirement of 2375 or relative maturity of 004. This line has an extremely aggressive growth habit forming a very branchy plant. Therefore it is well suited for wider row spacing (20 inches and greater) commonly found on modern planters. If it is solid seeded with an air seeder (12 inch row spacing or less) a lower seed rate is recommended (180,000 to 190,000 seeds per acre) in order to allow it to fill out properly. In demonstration plots, it has shown to be a top yielder under a wide range of environmental conditions. Available from your NorthStar Genetics seed dealers.
14-12-RY is a new Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean variety rated at 2425 CHU. This variety had strong iron chlorosis tolerance, good field tolerance to phytophthora root rot, and is well suited to all row widths and soil types. Available from Dekalb dealers.
LS Maidan is a Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield mid season soybean at 2450 CHU. It is a tall, semi-bush plant good for all row widths with great IDC tolerance, very good white mould resistance and a high yield potential. Available from Legend Seeds dealers.
PRO2525R2 is a mid-season, 2450 CHU Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean. It is a tall, semi-bush plant with exceptional white mould resistance and root rot tolerance. This was the highest yielding mid-season variety in the 2014 MCVETT trials at 114 per cent of check. Available from Legend Seeds dealers.
LS Eclipse is a mid-season, 2475 CHU Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean. It is a tall, semi-bush plant with excellent white mould resistance and resistance to race 3 cyst nematode. It is suitable for all row spacings and has a high yield potential. Available from Legend Seeds dealers.
P006T70R is a new high yielding glyphosate-tolerant soybean variety with 2475 CHU and very good standability for ease of harvest in Western Canada. It also has very good early emergence, very good white mould tolerance and high yield potential. In 2014 and 2015, it provided an average yield increase of 1.8 bu/ac over Pioneer variety 900Y61 with 69 per cent wins in 52 large-scale field comparisons across Western Canada. Available from Pioneer Hi-bred sales representatives across Western Canada.
25-11 RY is a new Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean variety rated at 2500 CHU. This variety has above average white mould and iron chlorosis tolerance. It is best suited for heavier soils and fits well in no-till systems. Available from Dekalb dealers.
PRO 2535 is a full-season, 2525 CHU Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean. It is a medium height, semi bush plant with exceptional vigour out of the ground. This variety has very high yield potential, yielding 117 per cent of check in the 2014 MCVETT trials. Available from Legend Seeds dealers.
CDC Neela is a new high yielding flax variety with excellent yield and quality potential, at 105 per cent of Bethune and with a significantly higher iodine number than Flanders. It is one day later in maturity with similar lodging resistance to Bethune. CDC Neela will be available in limited quantities for 2015-16 at select Canterra Seed authorized retailers.
9180 DMR from Nuseed Americas is the first to market an Express-tolerant, confection sunflower hybrid with resistance to the most prevalent races of downy mildew. The Express-tolerant advantage will provide producers excellent broadleaf weed control, leading to improved yield and quality. 9180 DMR’s early maturity is suited to the Western Canada growing region, and it produces a long dark kernel with high test weight that is preferred by processors. Available from Nuseed retailers.