USA: Division of Ag expands research on non-GMO soybean varieties

he University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is expanding its research into conventional or non-GMO soybean varieties as growers eye them as a way to combat escalating production costs and slipping commodity prices.

Jeremy Ross, Extension soybean agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, said his trial plots are being seeded with nine conventional varieties, including four developed by the U of A System Division of Agriculture’s soybean breeder, Pengyin Chen: Ozark, UA5213C, UA5612 and UA5014C. In addition to a couple of private company varieties, this year’s trial includes two other public varieties: Virginia Tech’s highly adaptable Hutcheson and University of Tennessee‘s Ellis.