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Virginia Soybean Performance Tests 2022



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Authored by David Holshouser, Professor and Extension Soybean Agronomist, Billy Taylor, Research Specialist, and Ronald Daughtrey, Ag Technician, Tidewater Agricultura Research and Extension Center.

This publication is available in a PDF file format only.

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.
Virginia experienced variable weather between sites in 2022. Full-season yields were good, and in some cases very good. Dry weather persisted at Blackstone (Southern Piedmont) most of the year, but an August rainfall along with good management brought those yields to very respectable levels. The crop suffered on the Eastern Shore due to dry conditions much of the season; a heavy cover crop contributed to that by pulling out soil moisture early in the spring. Later rains brought some relief, but yields were still low. Later-maturing varieties took advantage of later rains. In contrast at other sites, drier weather during late-August through September resulting in smaller seed and lower yields for later-maturing varieties. Still, those later-maturing varieties did very well at Warsaw and Suffolk, where some rain fell during that period. Shattering (pre-harvest and during combining) was greater than in the past and may have affected the final yields. We did take pre-harvest shattering ratings in Blackstone and there were a few differences with varieties.

Older Soybean Performance Test publications can be found on the VCE Annual Publications Archive.

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Publication Date

February 13, 2023