ISSUE DATE: 02/22/2010
By Larry Dreiling
The fall harvest was delayed in many areas last fall--but imagine how slow it would be to harvest one row at a time and stop every five feet to collect a sample. Soybean breeders dealt with the same delays that slowed harvest for producers across the country, plus they had to collect data along the way.
Even though the process to develop new soybean varieties has been shortened, thanks to marker-assisted selection and seed chipping, it still takes time.
"It takes seven years from the time the first pollination is done for the first cross to an actual variety," Les Kuhlman, soybean product development at Pioneer, said. "As a breeder we have to be steering the ship at least 10 years in advance; so, what I am doing now has to be applicable seven years from now, because that is when these products will make a difference."
Kuhlman is in charge of the soybean research station in Lawrence, Kan., that produces varieties for Kansas and western Missouri.
"It is a real investment of time and resources," Roy Fuchs, director of soybean research at Monsanto, said.
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