OSACC Interpretation of Table 1 (Variety Descriptions)


Varieties with resistance genes for races of the Phytophthora root rot organism in Ontario:
1a,1c,1k, 6: Resistance genes for Phytophthora root rot in Ontario which provide resistance to some races of the pathogen. Rps 1a does not provide protection to most races of the pathogen in Ontario.

SCN: Resistant to some HG types or races of Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) in Ontario.
HP: Varieties with above average protein index. See Protein & Oil Index.
L-LA: L-LA is a a designation used by seed sponsors to indicate a soybean variety that produces low linolenic acid in the seed

Herbicide Reaction

RR: Roundup Ready™ (Trademark of Monsanto Company)
RR2Y: Roundup Ready 2 Yield™ (Trademark of Monsanto Company)
RR2X: Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ (Trademark of Monsanto Company)
E3: Enlist E3™ (Trademark of Dow AgroSciences, DuPont or Pioneer and affiliated companies or their respective owners)
LL: Liberty Link™ (Trademark of Bayer CropScience AG)

Varieties have not been evaluated for metribuzin tolerance by OSACC. For further information contact seed distributor. The following variety has been reported to OSACC as being Metribuzin Sensitive (MS): Astor.

Relative Maturity

Ranking of maturities has been initiated to provide producers with a rating system that is similar to the US soybean industry standards. Rankings are not assigned by OSACC. See Relative Maturity Map.

Hilum Colour

Each soybean seed has a hilum which is the point where it was attached to the pod. Varieties differ in hilum colour and can be either Yellow (Y), Imperfect Yellow (IY), Gray (GR), Buff (BF), Brown (BR), Black (BL), or Imperfect Black (IBL). Hilum colour may also be Light (L). Yellow hilum soybeans are usually the only type accepted for the export market. In certain years discolouration of the hilum of IY varieties can occur and as a result the soybeans may not be acceptable for export markets.

Seeds per Kilogram

This is an estimate of the relative number of seeds of a particular variety in a kilogram of seed based on a 1-2 years of data from all locations where a variety was tested. Since seed size can vary from year to year and from seed lot to seed lot these figures should be used as a rough guide only. The actual seed size reported on each seed lot should be used to calculate seeding rate.

Phytophthora Root Rot % Plant Loss

Phytophthora Root Rot (PRR) ratings were changed starting in 2019. Previous methodology used counting plants shortly after emergence (3-4 weeks after planting) and a subsequent counting 4 weeks later. The loss was estimated based on the difference between count 2 and count 1, taken as a percentage. The limitation in this counting method is that it does not take into account pre-emergence mortality due to PRR nor does it take into account late season mortality. Starting in 2019 we began expressing the PRR ratings based on final stand in a High phytophthora pressure environment. This final stand was only rated once for all maturity groups and this was again changed to rate the plants near the R6 growth stage which was done in 2020 in order to capture late season PRR damage.

Disease Testing Information

Phytophthora root rot testing is carried out on clay soils infested with common races of Phytophthora at Woodslee. White mold testing has been carried out at Winchester Research station in 2018 and 2019, however they were not conducted in 2020. White Mold variety ratings will be listed on the web at as they become available.

Protein & Oil Index

Protein Index (%) and Oil (%) is shown on a separate table.

Least Significant Difference (LSD)

The Least Significant Difference (LSD) was determined for each Yield Index column. To compare any two varieties within a column, the yield can be considered the same if the difference between their yield indices is less than or equal to the LSD for that column.

OSACC Interpretation of Tables 2-6 (Agronomic Performance)

Days from Planting to Maturity

Maturity is affected by planting date and the area where a variety is being grown. Varieties are rated as being mature when 95% of the pods on the plants are ripe. Normally, 3-10 additional drying days are needed before the crop is dry enough for combining. A 2-year average is shown.

Yield Index

Varieties can only be compared within each test area. Yield index of a variety indicates its performance as a percentage of the average yield of all varieties grown in a test area. Small index differences may not be meaningful. In Tables 2-4, the yield index for each location and for the average of all locations is based on 2-3 years of testing. In Tables 5-6, the Clay and Loam Averages are based on 3 years of testing. Yield index averaged over locations and years will be a more reliable indicator of yield potential than performance from one single location or single year.

Plant Height

An indicator of the amount of plant growth, it is measured at maturity as the length of the stem from the base of the plant at soil level to its tip. A 2-year average is shown.


A visual estimate at maturity of the standability of the crop. A value of 1 is equivalent to a crop standing completely upright, while a 5 represents a crop entirely flat. Within a test area, varieties with lower values are less prone to lodging. A 2-year average is shown. Lodging may not be rated for all test sites in each maturity group.

Testing Methods

In each trial, varieties were replicated in a suitable experimental design and received equal fertility, weed control and management. All trials were planted and harvested by machine. Tests were separated into conventional herbicide and glyphosate herbicide treated plots. Prior to harvest, plant height and lodging scores were obtained. The grain harvested from each plot was weighed and the yield of soybeans was calculated in tonnes/hectare at 13% moisture.