What criteria could be utilized to select my soybean seed this year?
The first and foremost criteria should be proven yield or yield potential. You need to understand the yield trial data where the crop is grown.
Second, I want soybeans that have a strong defensive package for the diseases that are a problem on my farm.
Third, I want to plant an adaptive hybrid—relative maturity—for my location.
Fourth, I want a variety that has a strong emergence score and strong early season vigor. Additionally, I have been known to reject a variety based on its late season lodging score due to possible harvest problems.