Varietal Information Program Now Has Protein, Oil Data

Varietal Information Program Now Has Protein, Oil Data

According to the Illinois Soybean Association, focusing on oil and protein could add more to the bottom line than yield.

Illinois soybean protein and oil data for 2011 is available now through the Varietal Information Program for Soybeans (VIPS). Soybean growers can use the latest data to identify the varieties that deliver the highest oil and protein content in their areas, along with high yields, the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) announced today.

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 compiled online at  as an unbiased resource for farmers as they make their seed selections.

This extensive, online database houses 11 years of performance data and regional averages based on weather conditions and soil types.

"VIPS makes it easy for farmers to analyze and compare the long-term performance of various varieties to see which will provide the best profit potential in their specific area," says Tim Seifert, ISA director from Auburn.

Seifert adds that growers can use VIPS to help enhance their soybean protein and oil by providing the data necessary to make more informed variety selections. "Soybean farmers think yield is what is really going to put money in their pockets," he says. "But buyers purchase based on oil and protein levels."

By aiming to achieve 35% protein and 19% oil levels in their soybeans, Illinois farmers better can better satisfy their customers' needs, increase their crop's value to processors and, ultimately, maximize farm income, says Seifert.

"Illinois soybean farmers can use VIPS to identify varieties that deliver both the high yields they need and the high protein and oil content soybean customers want," he says. is another data source that delivers protein, oil and yield data, along with financial data showing how high protein and yield factor into elevator pricing.

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 also can be performed under the "Illinois Variety Comparison Center" tab. All of the information can be imported easily into a spreadsheet program and sorted by many different attributes, including protein and oil content.
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