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[FEB. 16, 2004]  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 Association.

"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 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.

Growers can nominate their favorite varieties by visiting the VIPS site at or by returning the survey cards by March 1.

[University of Illinois news release]

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