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The purpose of this publication is to provide performance data of the many soybean varieties offered for sale in Virginia. These data should be of benefit to producers and agribusinesses in making selections of varieties for their use. It is realized that not all varieties that are offered for sale in Virginia are included in these tests. There is no implication that varieties not included are inferior in any way, but only that they have not been tested.
In general, Virginia experienced an average growing season, with intermittent drought scattered throughout the year and varying by location. The most severe dry period was between the middle of August, throughout September and into October in many locations. Warsaw, in the Northern Coastal Plain of Virginia, experienced the driest weather with no measurable rain from Aug. 23 thru Oct. 16. As a result of this late-season drought, earlier maturity groups performed relatively better than late-maturing soybean. Full-season yielded more than double-crop soybean where much of the soil moisture was removed by the wheat crop and was never fully replenished before the dry weather began in August. Still, good cooperators, good farming practices, and long-term no-till and/or cover crops minimized the negative effects of the drought.
Archived Virginia Soybean Performance Test information can be accessed from: http://www.sites.ext.vt.edu/newsletter-archive/soybean-performance-test/index.html
Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.
Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
February 12, 2020