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This NebGuide has information on soybean characteristics that should be considered before selecting a variety to plant.

Soybean characteristics that need to be considered in making the selection of a variety to plant include maturity, yield potential, plant type, height, seed size, emergence score, lodging, shattering, and disease and insect resistance. Many years are required to develop a new variety from the time an initial cross of soybeans is made until the time seed is available on a widespread basis. The advance of a potential variety through the early generations may be accomplished with only a few seeds of the selection being available through various levels of yield testing, followed by an increase of the seed to produce breeder seed, then to produce foundation, registered, and certified seed. All through these stages of development, the variety is evaluated for the many parameters of performance so that at time of release, the performance of the new variety is well documented.