Soybeans


Our Focus for Soybean Breeding:
Organic farmers have identified weeds as the greatest limitation to higher soybean yields. Varieties available to organic producers were bred under virtually weed-free conditions due to heavy herbicide use in nurseries. Therefore, traits imparting soybean competitiveness with weeds have not been selected for or were inadvertently selected against. Over 90% of current soybean production utilizes transgenic technology, and the newest varieties (with advanced yield genes and disease resistance) utilize transgenes and cannot be used by non-GMO and organic farmers. Newer non-GMO soybean varieties are not as available because the number of public soybean breeding programs is declining and private companies are no longer releasing conventional (non-GMO) varieties

Needs Identified By Farmers:

  • Weeds significantly limit yields.

Breeding Solutions:

  • Dr. Tommy Carter, soybean breeder at NCSU/USDA-ARS is currently screening the USDA soybean germplasm for competitive soybean genotypes.

Please send us your thoughts or suggestions! Email your comments to: chris_reberg-horton@ncsu.edu

Final OVT Soybean Results
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BOPS is currently testing the following organic soybean varieties:

    Maturity Group 4

S09-9943
S09-13608
S09-10871
NCC07-7714
NCC06-339
NCC05-1168
NCC05-1261
SS 453N

    Maturity Group 5 – Early

S09-13635
Hutcheson
Fowler
Jake
Osage
JTN-5203
JTN-5503
N02-7002
JTN-5303
BR E5110
NCC05-1336
NCC05-456

    Maturity Group 5 – Late

N08-174
NC Miller
Jake
Osage
NCC06-579
NCC04-1555
NCC06-2188
Fowler

    Maturity Group 6

N08-145
N07-187
N05-7353
N05-7375
N06-7023
SS 665N
NCC07-8138
NCC04-619
NCC06-1090
NCC05-1543
NC Roy

    Maturity Group 7-8

N08-374
N08-391
N 7003CN
N 7002
N 8001
N05-7396
N05-7432
N05-7452
N05-7462
N06-7564
NCC06-929
NCC04-624
NCC06-899
NC Raleigh
Woodruff