November 30, 2009

2009 Northern NY Soybean Variety Yield Data Now Online

Northern New York -- The results of soybean variety evaluations conducted at two Northern New York farm sites are now available to help farmers plan for 2010 crops. Researcher William J. Cox of the Cornell University Department of Crop and Soil Sciences says, “If the current price remains above $9/ bushel, we expect soybean acreage in New York to increase once again next year. The regional variety trials allow us to provide the ever-increasing number of NNY soybean growers with the best information on variety selection for their region’s unique growing conditions.”

Cox and Cornell colleagues Philip M. Atkins, and Michael H. Davis conducted soybean evaluation trials at the Ron Robbins’ farm in Sackets Harbor in Jefferson County and W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy in Clinton County.

“Both Northern New York trial sites were exceedingly cool in June and July, which contributed to total Growing Degree Days from May 1 through September of about 150 less than normal at both sites. And, unlike Central New York, both Northern New York sites were exceptionally dry in August and September, proving the need for the region-specific testing,” Cox says.

Twenty-five varieties of soybeans were evaluated in field trials at Robbins Farms in Sackets Harbor, while 14 varieties of soybeans were field tested at W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy.

The varieties in two different maturity groups of soybeans planted at Robbins Farms yielded between 38 and 54 bushels per acre. The 14 Group II varieties planted at Miner Institute yielded between 51 and 62 bushels per acre.

Yield, moisture, lodging and height data for all 25 varieties is posted in the Field Crops section of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org. The results for trials at the Aurora Research Farm in Cayuga County and at the Henry Everman Farm north of Dansville in Livingston County are included in the soybean trials report posted on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org. # #

Contacts at Cornell University:
• William J. Cox, Crop and Soil Sciences, 607-255-1758
• Philip M. Atkins, Crop and Soil Sciences Lab, 607-423-5974
• Michael H. Davis, Baker Agricultural Research Farm at Willsboro, 518-963-7492

Cornell Cooperative Extension:
• Clinton County: Peter Hagar: 518-561-7450 (M/W/F)
• Essex County: Anita Deming, 518-962-4810
• Franklin County: Carl Tillinghast, 518-483-7403
• Jefferson County: Michael E. Hunter, 315-788-8450
• Lewis County: Joseph R. Lawrence, 315-376-5270
• St. Lawrence County: Stephen R. Canner, 315-379-9192

W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute: Eric Young, 518-846-7121