By Blair McClinton P.Ag.
Soybean breeders continue to focus on early maturing soybean hybrids and bring myriad stacked traits to Western Canadian growers. Seed companies have supplied Top Crop Manager with the following information on the new soybean hybrids for 2017. Growers are advised to check local performance trials to help with their variety selections. Listing is by crop heat unit (CHU)/maturity rating.
NSC Leroy RR2Y is a Roundup Ready 2 Yield line that is super ultra-early maturing (2,225 CHU or 000.6 relative maturity) and will likely be a variety of choice for new soybean growers in Saskatchewan in the black soil zone. This variety has a plant growth structure that’s fairly tall and upright. It is available from Northstar Genetics seed dealers.
Barron R2X is a 2,250 CHU Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety with tolerance to Roundup and dicamba for broader weed control. Barron R2X is a tall, branchy, aggressive plant type with great yield potential for its maturity range. It is available from SeCan members and retailers.
NSC EXP 114 RR2X is an early maturing soybean variety with the new Xtend trait, allowing growers to use glyphosate and dicamba for extended in-season weed control. It is rated at 2,250 to 2,275 CHUs or 000.8 relative maturity. NSC EXP 114 RR2X offers a tall growth habit with good yield potential and is an option for growers who need to manage their use of glyphosate to prevent resistance. This variety does well in reduced tillage and is available from Northstar Genetics Seed dealers.
22-61RY is a new Roundup Ready 2 Yield variety with maturity at 2,275 CHU. It is a medium to tall plant with very good emergence, and is well suited to all soil types and row widths. This variety also has very good Phytophthora root rot tolerance and aggressive growth that will make it a fit for tougher growing conditions. It is available from DeKalb seed dealers.
PS 00095 R2 is a new introduction for the late 000 maturity group with the Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait. This variety offers an opportunity for growers in areas with very short growing seasons, and performs best in narrow row widths. It has an above average iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) rating and is ideally suited for 2,275 CHU. It also has excellent white mould resistance and good field tolerance to Phytophthora root rot. PS 00095 R2 is available from Pride Seeds dealers. *Pending registration.
NSC Austin RR2Y boasts very strong yields with superior white mould resistance and a strong disease package. It is rated at 2,375 CHUs or 00.3 relative maturity. This variety is well suited to highly productive soils. It is available from Northstar Genetics seed dealers.
P005T13R is a new high-yielding, glyphosate-tolerant soybean variety rated at 2,400 heat units with very good standability and lodging scores for ease of harvest in Western Canada. It also has very good early emergence to cover the ground early. In 2015 and 2016, it provided an average yield increase of 1.1 bushels per acre (bu/ac) over Pioneer variety P006T78R with 59 per cent wins in 22 large-scale field comparisons across Western Canada. It is available from Pioneer Hi-bred sales representatives across Western Canada.
Barker R2X is a 2,425 CHU Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety with tolerance to Roundup and dicamba for broader weed control. It offers average maturity suitable for all eastern Prairie growing areas and great upside yield potential. Barker R2X has a semi-tolerant IDC rating and also offer the rps1K resistance gene for Phytophthora, as well as the resistance gene for cyst nematode. It is available from SeCan members and retailers.
DKB005-52 is a new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety with maturity at 2,425 CHU. It offers medium height and very good standability. This variety features an excellent agronomic package, including very good white mould tolerance, soybean cyst nematode resistance, and excellent tolerance to Phytophthora root rot. It is well suited to all soil types and row widths, and is available from DeKalb seed dealers.
Marduk R2X offers the latest in soybean genetics from Elite. Marduk R2X combines Roundup Ready 2 Xtend traits for glyphosate and dicamba tolerance in a great agronomic package suited to the key soybean production areas of southern Manitoba. It is a medium to tall semi-bushy plant that has provided consistent yields across all zones in trials. It is semi-tolerant to IDC and has good resistance to Phytophthora (thanks to the Rps1c gene). Marduk R2X is also resistant to soybean cyst nematode and performs well against white mould. It is rated at 2,425 CHU, and is available from BrettYoung seed dealers.
NSC Starbuck RR2X is a Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety offering high yields and is suited to all soil types. It is rated at 2,425 CHUs or 00.5 relative maturity. It has good IDC resistance, an excellent disease package, and tolerance to white mould. This variety also stands well at a medium height with great appearance. It is available from Northstar Genetics seed dealers.
P006T46R is a new glyphosate-tolerant soybean variety rated at 2,425 heat units. It is a very consistent, high yielding soybean for Western Canada. It offers a very good lodging score for ease of harvest and handles heavier soils very well. In 2015 and 2016, it provided an average yield increase of 2.2 bu/ac over Pioneer variety P006T78R with 70 per cent wins in 23 large-scale field comparisons across Western Canada. P006T46R is available from local Pioneer Hi-bred sales representatives across Western Canada.
PS 0055 R2 is a new introductory Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait variety ideally suited for 2,425 CHU. It offers above average IDC tolerance, excellent Phytophthora Rps 1k tolerance, good standability and disease resistance. It is adapted to all soils, handles stress extremely well and can be planted in no-till and minimum-till fields. PS 0055 R2 also has excellent white mould resistance. Best yields will be experienced in seven- to 15-inch row widths. This variety is available from Pride Seeds dealers.
PV 10s005 RR2 is a Roundup Ready 2 Yield mid-maturity soybean with an ultra-high yield of 114 per cent of mean. It has a relative maturity of 00.5 (2,425 CHUs), top-class white mould resistance, leading emergence, excellent standability and is well suited to highly productive soil in both wide and narrow row production. PV 10s005 RR2 is available at Crop Production Services retailers.
0066 XR is an introductory high yielding Pride Seeds Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety suited for 2,450 CHU. It provides tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides and offers exceptional standability for ease of harvest. It also has good field tolerance to Phytophthora root rot, excellent white mould resistance and good plant height in marginal and heavier soils. 0066 XR is available from Pride Seeds dealers.
DS0067Z1 is a Roundup Ready 2 Yield variety rated for 2,450 CHUs and providing excellent yields. DS0067Z1 offers strong emergence combined with good Phytophthora root rot tolerance and good stand establishment. It is available from Dow Seeds dealers.
Lono R2 is a new medium maturity (2,450 CHU or 00.5 relative maturity) soybean from Elite, offering excellent pod height and a semi-bushy to bushy medium-tall plant. Lono R2 is suitable for planting in all row spacings and is semi-tolerant to IDC. It has excellent tolerance to white mould and Phytophthora root rot (Rps 1K gene). It has been a consistent performer in the Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Team trials over the past two years. Lono R2 is available from BrettYoung seed dealers.
Podaga R2 is a new Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean from Elite suited to the long-season soybean areas of Manitoba. It is rated at 2,525 CHU and 00.8 relative maturity. Podaga R2 has a tall plant that is suited to all row spacings and has performed consistently in trials in the past two years. It has good tolerance to white mould and Phytophthora root rot (Rps 1K gene) and is tolerant to IDC. Podaga R2 is a full-season performer. It is available from BrettYoung seed dealers.