Evaluation of varieties across years of soybean breeding;
Brian Diers ( University of Illinois), Emerson Nafziger ( University of Illinois), Glen Hartman ( USDA/ARS-University of Illinois), Randall Nelson ( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Vince Davis ( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) ($24116). The Project Manager's email is email@example.com.
Key Words: Soybean Yield Evaluation, Soybean Yield
This project is designed to provide clues on how past yield increases were achieved. Soybean breeders have increased soybean yields dramatically over the last 86 years, but we have a poor understanding of how selection has changed the soybean plants. The goal of this project is to identify ways soybean breeders can be more efficient in improving soybean yields in the future. The objective of this proposal is to evaluate nearly 60 MG III varieties that have been instrumental for increasing yield in the soybean breeding industry over the last 80+ years. These varieties will be tested in a series of research trials to evaluate how genetic gain can be attributed to changes in planting dates, seeding rates, disease resistance or tolerance, and nitrogen use efficiency. This information will be used to help shape future soybean breeding efforts to better direct yield improvement efforts.
This project is funded by Illinois Soybean Board