Our Focus for Soybean Breeding: Organic farmers have identified weeds as the greatest limitation to higher soybean yields. Varieties available to organic producers were bred under virtually weed-free conditions due to heavy herbicide use in nurseries. Therefore, traits imparting soybean competitiveness with weeds have not been selected for or were inadvertently selected against. Over 90% of current soybean production utilizes transgenic technology, and the newest varieties (with advanced yield genes and disease resistance) utilize transgenes and cannot be used by non-GMO and organic farmers. Newer non-GMO soybean varieties are not as available because the number of public soybean breeding programs is declining and private companies are no longer releasing conventional (non-GMO) varieties Needs Identified By Farmers:
  • Weeds significantly limit yields.
Breeding Solutions:
  • Dr. Tommy Carter, soybean breeder at NCSU/USDA-ARS is currently screening the USDA soybean germplasm for competitive soybean genotypes.
Please send us your thoughts or suggestions! Email your comments to: [email protected] Final OVT Soybean Results Click the image to zoom in. RAFI_BOPS_Soyweb BOPS is currently testing the following organic soybean varieties:
    Maturity Group 4
S09-9943 S09-13608 S09-10871 NCC07-7714 NCC06-339 NCC05-1168 NCC05-1261 SS 453N
    Maturity Group 5 – Early
S09-13635 Hutcheson Fowler Jake Osage JTN-5203 JTN-5503 N02-7002 JTN-5303 BR E5110 NCC05-1336 NCC05-456
    Maturity Group 5 – Late
N08-174 NC Miller Jake Osage NCC06-579 NCC04-1555 NCC06-2188 Fowler
    Maturity Group 6
N08-145 N07-187 N05-7353 N05-7375 N06-7023 SS 665N NCC07-8138 NCC04-619 NCC06-1090 NCC05-1543 NC Roy
    Maturity Group 7-8
N08-374 N08-391 N 7003CN N 7002 N 8001 N05-7396 N05-7432 N05-7452 N05-7462 N06-7564 NCC06-929 NCC04-624 NCC06-899 NC Raleigh Woodruff
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