2014 Ohio Soybean Performance Trial Entries in Order of Relative Maturity

North Region:
Early Maturity
Late Maturity

Central Region:
Early Maturity
Late Maturity

South Region:
Early Maturity
Late Maturity

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Ohio Soybean Performance Trials 2014

J.D. Bethel, Chris D. Kroon Van Diest, John McCormick, and Laura Lindsey
Dept. of Horticulture & Crop Science
Ohio State University Extension and OARDC
The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science


The purpose of the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials is to evaluate soybean varieties for yield and other agronomic characteristics. This evaluation gives soybean producers comparative information for selecting the best varieties for their unique production systems.


The entries for each test site were planted in a randomized complete-block design. Each entry was replicated four times and planted in plots 28 ft. long and 5 ft. wide containing four rows seeded at 15-inch row width. Seeding rate was 150,000 seeds per acre. All sites had corn as the previous crop and were no-till. Famer cooperators sprayed preemergence herbicides (varied by location). Postemergence herbicides included: Select, Flexstar, Basagran, and First Rate.


Entries in Trials. Performance of entries in The Ohio Soybean Performance Trials are published if seed will be available to Ohio soybean producers for the following planting season. All 2014 entries were submitted voluntarily by seed companies and the Ohio Seed Improvement Association. Entry fee charges were paid per entry and region.

Test by Maturity. Varieties are grouped, tested and analyzed by maturity (early and late). Conventional, Liberty Link, and Roundup Ready varieties were tested together and sprayed with conventional herbicides to allow for head-to-head comparisons. Conventional, Liberty Link, and Roundup Ready entries are statistically comparable within a maturity range (early or late). Use the table below to find varieties by region and maturity. The C2 late test was moved from Delaware to Clinton County due to mechanical problems and excessive rainfall.


Table 1.  2014 Cultural  Practices by Test Site

N1 N2 C1 C2 (early) C2 (late) S1 S2
Henry Co.       Erie Co. Mercer Co.  Delaware Co. Clark Co. Preble Co. Clinton Co.
Soil Type Hoytville silty clay loam Kibbie sandy loam Blount silt loam Blount Silt Loam Kokomo silty clay loam Celina sily loam Reesville silt loam
Soil pH 6.2 6.1 6.8 6.6 5.5 5.8 6.3
Soil Test P(ppm) 51 28 53 13 19 91 25
Soil Test K(ppm) 189 91 163 106 110 199 122
Plant Date May 29 May 30 May 25 May 26 May 31 May 22 May 28
Harvest Date Oct 24 Oct 27 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 30 Nov 3 Oct 30

Map of Regions



Relative maturity. Relative maturity is a rating designed to account for all of the factors that affect maturity date and includes variety, planting date, weather, latitude and disease. Maturity is defined as the "95% brown pods" stage. A variety with a Relative Maturity rating of 3.5 will reach the 95% brown pod stage 5 days later than a variety with a rating of 3.0. Relative maturity was submitted by seed companies.

Plant height. Plant height was measured as a group at physiological maturity.

Seed size. Seed size is reported as number of seeds per pound.

Yield. Each soybean variety was harvested when the moisture content was between 8 and 12 percent and yields reported in bushels per acre at 13 percent moisture.

Lodging score. There was no lodging in 2014.

Protein, Oil, and Fiber Percentage. Analysis was determined by near infrared transmittance technology. The test was performed using a Tecator Infratec whole grain analyzer calibrated with the Composition Systems Calibration developed at Iowa State University and is reported at 13 percent moisture.

LSD. A Least Significant Difference (LSD) for yield was computed for each maturity group. LSD's are reported in bushels per acre at 13 percent moisture. Yields of two varieties within a maturity group are significantly different 90% of the time if their yields differ by more than the LSD value shown for that maturity group. A double asterisk (**) is used to denote the variety with the highest yield within a region and maturity grouping. A single asterisk (*) is used to denote varieties with yield not statistically different than the highest yielding variety.

DATA USE. Inclusion of entries in the Ohio Soybean Performance Trials does not constitute an endorsement of a particular entry by the Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, or Ohio State University Extension.

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