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Synopsis: The long-term goal of this project is to characterize the impact of local environments on soybean development and performance in Kentucky. Soybean varieties should fulfill agronomic performance such as yield, stress tolerance, and oil and protein product quality. Variety evaluation depends on data generated from field trials and analyses. Crop variety evaluation requires methodological innovation for better advising and decision-making. As data collection for applied research is becoming more affordable, the variety trials research can be improved with data management, and analysis. This project focuses on collection of environmental data, with the objective to better understand the impact of local environments on variety trials outcomes. Environmental conditions affect soybean performance in term of yield and seed quality. Here, we propose to monitor environmental conditions during the soybean growing season at each of the trials test sites. Growth and reproductive stages of randomly selected soybean varieties will also be monitored. These sets of data will be collected from soybean production farms as well as research experimental farms, with a total of 8 independent locations in all major soybean production areas in Kentucky. The 2021 data will be analyzed with 2019, 2020 datasets, to compare test sites and evaluate how to optimize data analysis for recommendation to farmers for the selection of the best varieties for their production systems. The data generated will continue to build an open access database. This database will constitute an unbiased and open access source of information for soybean producers, researchers, and seed breeders. This comprehensive database will be used to develop predictive models for soybean yield, seed quality, and will provide inputs for breeders to develop varieties better adapted to Kentucky environments.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/21 → 6/30/22|
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