Anyone planning to grow soybeans next spring has a lot of reading ahead. When we asked all the seed companies we could find to tell us about the new varieties coming forward for 2019, they sent us information for about 36 new varieties. Comparing all these new varieties, along with all of the other recent varieties, is going to take a fair bit of time.
Almost all of the new varieties on this list come with the glyphosate tolerant Roundup Ready 2 gene. Many have the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend gene, which brings tolerance to dicamba as well as glyphosate. Quarry Seed is taking a different path, offering two new non-GMO varieties.
Because Western Canada is (relatively) on the edges of the soybean-growing world, the first step to choosing your soybean variety is looking at your climate. The soybean maturity zones range from 0 in North Dakota (a shorter season) to IX in Florida (with a longer season). These zones are rated using Roman numerals, but we don’t have to worry about that, as all of Western Canada is so far north into the “0” zone that our zones are called “0”, “00” and “000” (with “000” being the shortest growing season). In some areas of Manitoba, “0” varieties are suitable. Saskatchewan growers will need to add one or two more zeros.
Each of these zones covers 200 to 300 kilometres from north to south. For a little more detail, there is a decimal point. For example, 00.2, or 00.9. In this case, the variety with the smaller decimal (00.2) will mature sooner than the variety with the higher decimal point (00.9).
Another way to gauge suitability for your regions is by looking at accumulated heat units. These are sometimes abbreviated as CHU, or “corn heat units.” Weather conditions will vary from year to year.
And now, on with the show. Here are the 36 soybean varieties coming to your favourite western Canadian retailers for the first time in 2019.
(Abbreviation cheat sheet)
Below is a guide to the abbreviations found in this list of new soybean varieties.
- CHU: corn heat units
- IDC: iron deficiency chlorosis
- IP: identity preserved
- PRR: phytophthora root rot
- RM: relative maturity
- SCN: soybean cyst nematode
Karpo R2* is a new, high-yielding RR2 soybean for the early-mid soybean zone with 00.2 relative maturity. Karpo R2* has excellent tolerance to white mould, and is a tall plant with a great look. With solid roots, good IDC scores and very good PRR field resistance this variety has very good yield potential for an early soybean. Limited quantities will be available in 2019. *Pending registration.
Lassa R2X is a new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean with excellent yield, white mould rating and soybean cyst nematode resistance. Lassa R2X is a 000.9 relative maturity bean making it a great fit in the very early soybean zones. It is a medium-height plant adapted to all soil types and row spacings. Lassa R2X has very good field resistance to phytophthora root rot (PRR), with the Rps1C gene. Limited quantities will be available in 2019.
Sunna R2X is a new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean with excellent yield and soybean cyst nematode resistance. Sunna R2X is a 00.3 relative maturity bean making it a great fit in the early soybean zones. It is a tall, bushy plant adapted to all soil types and row spacings. Sunna R2X is rated semi-tolerant to IDC and has very good field resistance to phytophthora root rot (PRR), with the Rps1C gene. Limited quantities will be available in 2019.
Vidar R2X is a new full season Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean with excellent yield, white mould rating and soybean cyst nematode resistance. Vidar R2X is a 00.8 relative maturity soybean making it a great fit in the long maturity soybean zone. It is rated tolerant to IDC. It is a medium height, bushy plant adapted to all soil types and well suited to wider row spacings. Vidar R2X has very good field resistance to phytophthora root rot (PRR), with the Rps1C gene. Limited quantities will be available in 2019.
Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDupont
B0040L1* has the GENNRR2Y gene, and reaches maturity at 2350 heat units. Brevant has found a 4.2 bushels/acre increase over competitors at 11 locations. The variety has very good IDC and phytophthora root rot tolerance. B0040L1 has excellent yield potential, excellent field appearance with tawny pubescence. It is a narrow-leaf soybean with medium to bushy canopy. *Pending registration.
B0064S1 has the GENNRR2Y gene, and reaches maturity at 2450 heat units. The variety has excellent yield potential, cyst nematode resistance, the Rps 1k gene for phytophthora root rot and a very good IDC rating. B0064S1 has good plant standability, good growth on heavier soils to the Rps 1k gene and excellent field emergence with medium-tall plant height.
B0067Z1 has the GENNRR2Y gene, and reaches maturity at 2450 heat units. The variety has excellent yield potential, very good phytophthora root rot tolerance and excellent IDC tolerance. B0067Z1has excellent yield potential for maturity, strong emergence and medium to short plant height.
P0007A65R reaches maturity at 2200 heat units. This new ultra-early soybean has excellent yield potential for an early maturing product. It has outstanding harvest standability scores and very good shatter score and field emergence.
P006A37X has the GENNRR2X (Xtend) gene, and reaches maturity at 2425 heat units. Pioneer Hi-Bred found a 2.1 bushel/acre increase over P006T46R in 13 large-scale trials. It has very good IDC tolerance, outstanding yield potential and harvest standability, average plant height for maturity. The Xtend gene provides an additional option for weed control (dicamba, as well as glyphosate).
P00A49X has the GENNRR2X (Xtend) gene, and reaches maturity at 2525 heat units. Pioneer Hi-Bred found a 1.4 bushel/acre increase over P006T46R in 10 large-scale trials. This variety has cyst nematode resistance and very good IDC tolerance. It has outstanding yield potential for a later maturity soybean, good harvest standability, and the Xtend gene provides an additional option for weed control.
RX000918 in the 000.9 maturity group and reaches maturity at 2275 heat units. It is a taller variety that stands well. It prefers light fertile soils and narrow rows. It has PRR Resistance Rps1c, good PRR field tolerance, SCN tolerance, very good white mould tolerance and a very good IDC rating.
RX00218 is part of the 00.2 maturity group and reaches maturity at 2350 heat units. This taller variety stands well and has strong yield potential. It has very good white mould tolerance and good IDC rating.
DKB0005-44 (000.5RM or 2175 CHU), is an ultra-early soybean variety. This variety is a branchy, medium height plant with excellent standability. It provides excellent white mould tolerance and very good tolerance to phytophthora root rot (Rps 1c) and brown stem rot.
DKB0009-89 (000.9RM or 2275 CHU), is an excellent Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety in early maturity zones. This medium height variety is bushy, branches well and has excellent standability. It has a good defensive disease package with resistance to soybean cyst nematode (R3), very good field tolerance to phytophthora root rot (Rps 1c&k) and excellence tolerance to white mould.
DKB006-99 (00.6RM or 2450 CHU), is a shorter, bushy soybean variety that branches well and is best suited to wide rows and lower populations. This variety is also well-suited to tougher growing conditions. It provides resistance to soybean cyst nematode (R3) and very good field tolerance to phytophthora root rot (Rps 3a).
DKB007-67 (00.7RM or 2475 CHU), is a Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety with excellent standability and very good early season vigour that performs well on all soil types. This variety has very good tolerance to white mould, good field tolerance to phytophthora root rot (Rps 3a) and iron deficiency chlorosis and has resistance to soybean cyst nematode (R3).
RX Cedo is an Xtend variety (00.3 RM or 2375 CHU). It is a tall, aggressive variety with impressive standability and white mould tolerance.
RX Acron is an Xtend variety (00.7RM or 2450CHU). This variety excels under tough conditions in heavier soil types. Taller plant height promotes easy harvest. This is a SCN-resistant variety.
NSC Newton RR2X is a new line with the Xtend trait. This variety requires approximately 2375 CHUs to reach maturity or a relative maturity rating of 00.3. NSC Newton RR2X is a tall, erect variety with excellent pod height and standability. It exhibits cold tolerance which imparts exceptional spring vigor, and is a perfect fit in reduced or zero-till environments.
NSC Sperling RR2Y is broadly adapted across mid- to long-season zones, with a relative maturity of 00.6 (2450 CHU), with yields comparable to varieties in much longer maturity ranges. As a medium bush and medium height plant structure, along with excellent white mould tolerance, it works well in medium to wide row spacing. It has aggressive early season growth, with very good IDC and stress tolerance.
PV 17s0007 R2X is an ultra-early Roundup Ready Xtend variety from Proven Seed. This variety is well suited to new soybean growing areas in Saskatchewan and Alberta. PV 17s007 R2X stands well, is suited for narrow row production in lighter soils and has excellent white mould tolerance. Available exclusively at Nutrien Ag Solutions.
PV 15s0009 R2X is an ultra-early, tall variety with excellent standability making it easy to harvest. With excellent yield for maturity and phytophthora and SCN resistance, this Roundup Ready Xtend Proven Seed soybean allows production west of traditional soybean growing areas. Available exclusively at Nutrien Ag Solutions.
PV 16s004 R2X, a tall bushy Roundup Ready Xtend variety, is a great choice for heavier soils in wide row production. With phytophthora and SCN resistance, this Proven Seed soybean is a strong defensive option for reliable results under tough conditions. Available exclusively at Nutrien Ag Solutions.
PV 14s008 RR2 is a full season variety with excellent yield potential. With a bushy growth habit, it is well suited to wide row production. This Proven Seed soybean has strong performance in high pH and high organic matter fields making it a great fit for the Red River Valley of Manitoba. Available exclusively at Nutrien Ag Solutions.
Dayo R2X is a RR2Y Xtend soybean with 000.5 RM/2225 CHU. This variety has excellent sclerotinia and IDC tolerance. It is one of the earliest varieties on the market and is best suited to conventional soil management.
Devo R2X is a RR2Y Xtend soybean with 00.2 RM/2350 CHU. This variety has excellent sclerotinia tolerance and great IDC tolerance. It is extremely vigorous with early flowering and pod set, and stands out in minimum tillage.
Dinero R2X is a RR2Y Xtend soybean with 00.3 RM/2400 CHU. This variety has excellent sclerotinia tolerance and great IDC tolerance. It is a healthy, robust plant that will impress from Day 1. It has great bushing capacity and excellent vigour.
Alaska, 00.2 RM/2350 CHU, has excellent sclerotinia tolerance. It has excellent standability, excellent yield potential and is well adapted to all soil types. This is an IP, non-GMO variety.
Maxus, 00.3 RM/2400 CHU, has excellent sclerotinia tolerance. It has very aggressive vigour out of the ground with excellent standability, excellent yield potential and is well adapted to all soil types. This is an IP, non-GMO variety.
Fisher R2X is a medium-height plant with a great disease package. On top of that it is early maturing (2275 CHU) making it a great fit for western Manitoba and Saskatchewan, it is rated as semi-tolerant to iron deficiency chlorosis.
Prince R2X is a bushy, medium height, high yielding, early maturing soybean (2325 CHU). It has a great disease resistance package for Western Canada. Prince R2X is rated as semi-tolerant to iron deficiency chlorosis.
Bourke R2X is a tall, slim high yielding 2400 CHU plant. Straw strength is great with pods high off the ground. The Manitoba Pulse Growers Association rating for iron chlorosis is semi-tolerant however it looks to be a poor semi-tolerant or a really good susceptible rating.
S0007-B7X is the earliest Syngenta soybean variety, with strong emergence that allows for early planting. This Roundup Ready 2 Xtend variety offers strong tolerance to sclerotinia white mould, and the Rps1c gene for outstanding tolerance to phytophthora root rot.
S006-M4X delivers reliable genetics in a Roundup Ready 2 Xtend trait platform for consistent performance across yield environments. It has excellent standability with strong tolerance to sclerotinia white mould, and above average tolerance to phytophthora root rot from the Rps1c gene.
Thunder Seed Canada
TH89000.5 R2XN is an ultra-early Xtend soybean with 000.5 RM (2175CHU). It has excellent yield potential coupled with cyst nematode resistance and double stacked PRR (phytophthora) genes. It’s a slender plant that stands well and prefers narrow rows.
TH 87003 R2X is an Xtend soybean with 00.3 RM (2375 CHU). It’s a tall, aggressive and impressive variety. It has excellent yields and performs consistently across all zones and soil types. This soybean has a great overall agronomics, including vigour, IDC of 1.7 and SCN tolerance.