Funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program.

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CROP SCIENCE VARIETY TRIALS – PROTEIN AND OIL TESTING

Darin Joos
Research Agronomist
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
217-778-7047
joos@illinois.edu

QUESTIONS THIS PROJECT WILL ADDRESS

  • How can we streamline data collection from the state’s variety trials so data can be compiled and made available to farmers more quickly?
  • Typically 250 varieties representing the various trait stacks from more than 20 seed companies are tested across Illinois each year. Protein and oil evaluation has historically been done through the manual process of collecting grain samples.
  • By installing technology on the combine that can record these metrics automatically, the data collection process is more streamlined so results are available quicker.
  • Farmers will be able to review variety trial results that include protein and oil content assessments more quickly so they can choose their soybean varieties earlier.
ADDITIONAL RESEACHERS:

  • Don Chambers, Field/Lab Technician
  • Region 1: Fenton, Mt. Morris and DeKalb
  • Region 2: Monmouth, Goodfield and Dwight
  • Region 3: Perry, New Berlin and Urbana
  • Region 4: St. Peter and Belleville
  • Region 5: Elkville and Harrisburg