Soybean School: The Precision of Soybean Breeding

Ever wonder how soybean crosses are made? How long it takes for a new soybean variety to go from pod to variety? Each crop type requires unique field work to come up with new and exciting lines that balance higher yield potential with the strong agronomic traits farmers are looking for.

In this Soybean School episode, Real Agriculture field editor, Bernard Tobin, takes to the soybean plots with Syngenta soybean breeder, David Lee.

You’ll see up close how soybean pollen crosses are made, what makes a good pollination day (hint: this summer has been a challenge), and how many years and generations of work it takes to bring a new line to the farm. You’ll also hear from Lee about what he’s looking for in a new line, from root rot resistance, to how it stands up to white mould, and ensuring resistance to soybean cyst nematode.

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A team effort of RealAgriculture videographers and editorial staff to make sure that you have the latest in agronomy information for your farm.


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