The 2020 Kansas Performance Tests with Soybean Varieties report is now available. In this report, you will find a recap of the 2020 soybean crop, with a detailed discussion summarizing the statewide growing conditions. More importantly, the results of the 2020 soybean performance tests are also shown.
Soybean performance tests are conducted each year to provide information on the relative performance of new and established varieties and brands at several locations in Kansas.
The 2020 soybean season had an overall favorable weather pattern for the state. Planting progress was normal for soybeans, promoting good conditions for early-season uniformity of the crop. Even stands can set the crop to a successful growing season.
Performance of soybean varieties or brands varies from year to year and from location to location, depending on factors such as weather, management practices, and variety adaptation. When selecting varieties or brands, producers should carefully analyze variety performance for two or more years across locations. Performance averaged over several environments will provide a better estimate of genetic potential and stability than performance based on a few environments.
The online version of the 2020 Kansas soybean performance tests can be found at: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/SRP1160.pdf. Hard copies can also be ordered from the KSRE Bookstore.
Jane Lingenfelser, Associate Agronomist