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URBANA -- The National
Soybean Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois is
inviting growers to provide input on varieties they want included in
the Varietal Information Program for Soybeans, known as VIPS, by
mailing in the survey card sent out by the Illinois Soybean
"Growers can nominate up to three
varieties in two maturity groups," said Linda Kull, program
coordinator at the research laboratory. "The variety testing program
at the U of I may include up to 350 of the nominated varieties in
their field trials in 2004 and conduct tests for yield, protein and
oil content, and disease resistance."
She notes that the results will be
posted in November 2004 on the VIPS site at www.vipsoybeans.org.
The information will be in addition to the hundreds of soybean
varieties already presented on VIPS.
"We realize the importance of farmers
having as much information as possible when they go to make planting
decisions," said Sharon Covert, chair of the Illinois Soybean
Checkoff Board and a soybean farmer from Tiskilwa. "The VIPS gives
producers an unbiased management tool and will help them choose
varieties based on yield and quality traits."
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The Web-based VIPS was initiated in
1998 to provide producers with one central source of unbiased data
on all widely available soybean varieties. Information on yield,
protein and oil content, as well as disease resistance to soybean
cyst nematodes, is included in the database.
The data are organized by conventional
and Roundup Ready varieties. More extensive information on disease
resistance is reported for selected Illinois locations. The data are
collected from13 University of Illinois field trial locations so
farmers can get localized information.
nominate their favorite varieties by visiting the VIPS site at
www.vipsoybeans.org or by returning the survey cards
by March 1.
of Illinois news release]