Harvesting of soybeans for seed production is not yet complete, but major seed companies are not expecting dropoffs in quality or supplies due to excessive rainfall that fell on the Delta in September. “Assuming we get good harvest weather, we should have a very good inventory of transgenic and conventional varieties in the full range of maturity,” said Jim Willeke, vice president, sales and marketing Delta and Pine Land.

Delta and Pine Land Co.

Delta and Pine Land Co. plans to introduce at least two new soybean varieties in 2002. The new soybean varieties, DP 5110S and DP 5414 RR, are Group 5s with high-yield potential.

DP 5110 S is an early-maturing, indeterminate Group 5 conventional variety containing STS® technology, which provides unique weed-control advantages. This variety does best when planted early and is capable of out-yielding late Group 4 varieties planted in April. Its tall height is a plus in early planting and clay soils, including March plantings in Texas and Louisiana. DP 5110 S will mature seven to 10 days later than late Group 4 varieties.

DP 5414 RR is an excellent mid-Group 5 Roundup Ready variety that is especially adapted to no-till environments. It is taller and growthier than DP 5644 RR and matures one to two days earlier. It will be a strong competitor to other mid-Group 5 Roundup Ready varieties and is a good fit for the northern areas of the Mid-South, including Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma and the Missouri Bootheel.

Hornbeck Seed Co.

Hornbeck plans to offer four new varieties in 2002. They include:

HBK R4820 is a new late Group 4 soybean that carries the Roundup tolerant scene. It is one of those varieties that has tremendous yields with only a moderate disease package. In 1999, it was the highest-yielding line tested over 15 locations. Again in 2000, it had the overall highest average of any variety tested. It is high yielding over a wide range of soil types and performs well after wheat if adequate moisture is present. HBK R4820's standability and intermediate plant type will favor it in narrow rows for quick canopy early in a Roundup herbicide program. It has excellent seed quality and seed-holding capacity under most situations. HBK R4820 is adapted to the Mid-South growing areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi.

HBK R5101 is a new early Group 5 soybean that carries the Roundup-tolerant gene. It is a high-yielding line that will canopy over a wide range of soil types and perform well after wheat if adequate moisture is present. HBK R5101's standability and intermediate plant type will favor it in wide rows for quick canopy early in a Roundup-herbicide program. It has excellent seed quality and seed-holding capacity under most situations. HBK R5101 is adapted to the Mid-South growing areas of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. For a high bean, HBK R5101 has very good standability and will get plenty of height for those heavy clay soils where plant height and canopy is often a problem. A great choice for those Growers looking for a high-yielding, early Group 5 maturity soybean with Roundup Ready technology.

HBK R5620 is a new mid-Group 5 variety that carries the Roundup-tolerant gene and was released for high yields when grown across a wide array of soil types. HBK R5620's plant type and standability will favor it for wide or narrow rows producing a quick canopy in a Roundup herbicide program. Its soybean cyst nematode resistance allows it to perform on lighter soils where those particular races are a problem. It has excellent seed-holding capacity for those delayed harvest conditions. It is adapted to the Mid-South growing areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and southern Missouri. A great choice for those growers looking for a mid-Group 5 maturity Roundup Ready soybean to spread out their harvest.

HBK R5420 is a new Group 5 variety that carries the Roundup-tolerant gene. It is a high-yielding variety with an excellent disease package for problem areas. It will yield over a wide range of soil types and row widths. HBK R5420's plant type and standability will favor it for narrow rows and quick canopy in a Roundup-herbicide program. Its soybean cyst nematode resistance allows it to perform on lighter soils where cyst is a problem. It is adapted to most soil types and will get adequate growth for canopy under most conditions. It has excellent seed holding capacity for those delayed harvest conditions. It is adapted to the Mid-South growing areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. A great choice for those growers looking for a early Group 5 maturity Roundup-Ready soybean to spread out their harvest.

Pioneer Hi-Bred

Pioneer is introducing 12 new soybean varieties for 2002:

Pioneer brand variety 93B67 (RR) — Offers top-end yield potential and excellent resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode. It demonstrates resistance to Phytophthora via the Rps1c gene. This next-generation mid-Group 3 soybean variety with the Roundup Ready gene delivers very good field emergence and excellent standability.

Pioneer brand variety 93B85 (RR) — This late Group 3 variety with the Roundup Ready gene offers very good resistance to soybean cyst nematode race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14. Also provides good Phytophthora field tolerance and outstanding yield potential

Pioneer brand variety 93B87 — This late Group 3 provides multi-race Phytophthora resistance via the Rps1k gene. Outstanding yield potential and field emergence plus very good standability round out its strong agronomic package.

Pioneer brand variety 94B23 (RR) — Outstanding yield potential and excellent standability are two of the key traits of this early Group 4 variety with the Roundup Ready gene. Provides very good resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode and moderate Phytophthora field tolerance.

Pioneer brand variety 94B24 (STS) — Contains the STS2 gene for tolerance to sulfonylurea herbicides. Its agronomic package includes exceptional yield potential plus good field emergence and standability. This early Group 4 also offers multi-race Phytophthora resistance via the Rps1c gene, very good resistance to soybean cyst nematode race 3 and moderate resistance to race 14.

Pioneer brand variety 94B54 (RR) — As part of its strong agronomic package, this mid-Group 4 variety with the Roundup Ready gene offers exceptional yield potential and standability plus good field emergence. Provides outstanding resistance to race 3 soybean cyst nematode.

Pioneer brand variety 94B73 (RR) — Top agronomic features of this mid-late Group 4 variety with the Roundup Ready gene include superb yield potential, outstanding field emergence and good standability. Offers multi-race Phytophthora resistance via the Rps1k gene.

Pioneer brand variety 95B34 (STS) — This mid-Group 5 variety with the STS2 gene for tolerance to sulfonylurea herbicides offers an excellent disease tolerance package. Provides good field tolerance to Phytophthora, sudden death syndrome and southern root-knot nematode. Excellent tolerance to frogeye leaf spot. Outstanding resistance to stem canker.

Pioneer brand variety 95B96 (RR) — Outstanding yield potential in this late Group 5 variety with the Roundup Ready gene. Also provides strong tolerance to stem canker plus above average tolerance to Phytophthora, southern root-knot nematode and frogeye leaf spot.

Pioneer brand variety 95B97 — This late Group 5 variety bred especially for the South provides excellent resistance to soybean cyst nematode race 3 and very good resistance to race 14. Also offers good field tolerance to Phytophthora, Southern root-knot nematode and frogeye leaf spot.

Pioneer brand variety 96B51 — Delivers excellent yield potential plus very good field emergence. The mid-Group 6 displays above average tolerance to Southern root-knot nematode and stem canker plus strong resistance to soybean cyst nematode race 3 and excellent resistance to race 14.

Pioneer brand variety 97B52 — This variety with the Roundup Ready gene displays very good resistance to soybean cyst nematode race 3. This mid Group 7 offers impressive yield potential plus outstanding field emergence and good standability. Strong tolerance to Southern root-knot nematode.

Terral Seed, Inc.

Terral plans to introduce at last three new varieties in 2002:

TV4886RR is a tall, bushy, later-maturing Group 4. It has demonstrated excellent top-end yield potential from the Gulf Coast and throughout the Mid-South. TV4886RR can be planted early or late in the Group 4 window and works either drilled or on 40-inch rows. It's a very good selection for flood irrigation in mixed to heavier soils.

TV59R85 is a relatively tall late Group 5 variety. Vigorous growth, which produces a large, bushy canopy, characterizes this variety that is adapted across most Mid-South soil types and has very good stress tolerance. It has outstanding top-end yields and will really excel in deeper soils when irrigated. TV59R85 is equally suited for clay soils and flood irrigation.

TV59R98 is another late Group 5 with excellent yields. This variety's performance is enhanced when planted on row spacings of 7.5 to 30 inches. In addition to excellent standability, its yields are protected with above average ratings against stem canker, frogeye leaf spot and aerial blight. Broad geographical adaptation and yield stability are strong suits for TV59R98.