Louisiana: Soybean Variety Selection is Crucial Decision
Many of you have already booked or may be currently booking soybean varieties to plant this spring. Below is a list of the 2012 LA Select varieties from our LSU AgCenter Soybean Specialist, Dr. Ronnie Levy that have performed well in LSU AgCenter trials.
Mark your calendar: We will have a soybean school at the Vermilion Extension Office on Friday, February 24, 2012. That morning the Vermilion Rice Growers will meet at 10 am and the soybean school will begin at 11 am.
SOYBEAN VARIETY SELECTION for 2012
Making the proper variety selection is critical to maximize profit potential. Variety selection may be the single most important decision you make. No two farms are alike. There are differences in production practices, soil types and climatic conditions just to name a few. You should plan to plant more than one variety. This will help reduce the risk associated with these conditions and weather. For these reasons, it is important to gather as much data as possible before deciding which varieties to plant.
Begin with data from your area and of similar production conditions, this should include Commercial Variety Trials from Research Stations, Extension demonstrations and/or company trials. If you are unable to find information that matches your production, look for varieties that consistently out perform others when averaged across locations. A proven variety is one that performs well in a wide range of conditions, soil types, and locations.
LOUISIANA – “SELECTS”
Louisiana – “Selects” is a listing of top performing soybean varieties in Louisiana. It was based on Commercial Variety Trials and Extension Demonstrations.
Soybean MG3 – Early MG4
Delta Grow 4460RR
Soybean Late MG4
Morsoy Xtra 46X29
AGS 597 RR
Delta Grow 5625R2Y
There are many sources of information that can be accessed to view variety performance. Contact your local Extension office or the LSU AgCenter website at www.lsuagcenter.com
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