A public program to evaluate commercial soybean cultivars for pathogen and pest resistance

Shilpi Chawla, Charles R. Bowen, Tara L. Slaminko, Houston A. Hobbs, Glen L. Hartman

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The information generated through the evaluation of soybean cultivars entered into VIPS provides an independent, objective, and unbiased assessment of hundreds of soybean cultivars in maturity groups representing those used or targeted for use in the majority of soybean acreage planted in the United States. Although seed providers characterize some disease and pest reactions for their products, inconsistencies among company information persist and include variation in diseases and pests evaluated, methods of evaluation, and reporting of results. Our service enables growers to effectively compare disease and pest resistance traits for soybean cultivars from multiple companies and make more informed selection of cultivars. In areas where specific pests or diseases are common, such information helps producers make crop management decisions by identifying cultivars with traits of interest. In addition to helping soybean growers make educated decisions about cultivar selection, VIPS benefits commercial seed companies. Seed companies confirm and/or supplement their product information with data reported in VIPS. This allows them to compare their cultivars with hundreds of competitive cultivars may otherwise be prohibitive for companies to accomplish. The VIPS cultivar list provides an annual representation of cultivars grown in the Midwest. The relatively short product life of most commercial cultivars as well as the consistent quality of data coming from the program make the timely and independent information from VIPS valuable to the many stakeholders in Illinois agriculture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-578
Number of pages11
JournalPlant disease
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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