Data from 2011 is now available through the Varietal Information Program for Soybeans (VIPS) to help soybean growers select the highest-yielding, most disease-resistant and highest oil and protein content soybean varieties to plant next year.
Every year, through Illinois soybean checkoff funding, the National Soybean Research Lab (NSRL), the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University analyze hundreds of soybean varieties from numerous seed companies. The data from throughout the state is then compiled online at www.VIPSoybeans.org as an unbiased resource to farmers as they make their seed selections.
"Variety selection is typically the most important decision a soybean grower makes, and it's important for growers to have access to information from a diversity of sources. VIPS delivers a non-company perspective and is always available online…always at the growers' fingertips," says Linda Lee, NSRL project coordinator of VIPS.
This extensive, online database houses 11 years of performance data and regional averages based on weather conditions and soil types.
The VIPS database is simple to use. Varieties can be compared from a specific trial location by clicking on the appropriate star on the map displayed on the homepage. Custom searches can also be performed under the "Illinois Variety Comparison Center" tab. All of the information can be easily imported into a spreadsheet program and sorted by many different attributes including highest to lowest protein.
"VIPS is a valuable resource to compare varieties from several seed companies at once to see which will provide the best profit potential," adds Dan Farney, ISA director from Morton. and chair of the production committee. "The website is organized so farmers can easily analyze the performance and attributes of the various varieties over several years."
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) is the statewide organization for Illinois soybean growers. The farmers on its board administer soybean checkoff funds to support research, promotions, and educational programs designed to increase demand for Illinois soybeans and administer legislation and membership programs. For more information, visit: www.ilsoy.org