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Research Project: National USDA Uniform Soybean Tests/Yield, Disease Resistance and Quality Traits Evaluation of Public Breeding Lines

Location: Crop Production and Pest Control Research

Project Number: 5020-21000-008-11-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2018
End Date: Sep 30, 2019

Objective:
Coordinate and participate in the Uniform Soybean Tests – Southern States and Northern Region.

Approach:
The Uniform Soybean Tests is a cooperative testing program that is the main mechanism for U.S. public soybean breeders to obtain multi-state field data to support the release of varieties and germplasm. Separate tests for each of maturity groups from 00 to VIII are grown in appropriate locations across 19 US states and two Canadian provinces. The lines are evaluated for yield, agronomic performance, disease resistance and quality traits. From 1943 to the present, the ARS in Stoneville, MS, has coordinated the southern tests, analyzed data and published the results from the southern states in an annual report which is available as a hard copy and online. The northern tests started in 1936, and from 1974 to present, the ARS in West Lafayette, IN, has coordinated the northern tests, analyzed data and published the results from the northern region in an annual report which is available as a hard copy and online.