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Agronomy Journal Abstract - PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE

Glyphosate-Resistant Soybean Cultivar Yields Compared with Sister Lines


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  1. Vol. 93 No. 2, p. 408-412
    Received: June 12, 2000

    * Corresponding author(s): relmore1@unl.edu
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  1. Roger W. Elmore *a,
  2. Fred W. Roetha,
  3. Lenis A. Nelsonb,
  4. Charles A. Shapirod,
  5. Robert N. Kleinc,
  6. Stevan Z. Knezevicd and
  7. Alex Martinb
  1. a Univ. of Nebraska, South Central Res. and Ext. Center, Clay Center, NE 68933
    b Dep. of Agronomy, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583
    d Univ. of Nebraska, Northeast Res. and Ext. Center–Haskell Ag Lab, Concord, NE 68728
    c Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, West Central Res. and Ext. Center, North Platte, NE 69101


Herbicide-resistant crops like glyphosate resistant (GR) soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] are gaining acceptance in U.S. cropping systems. Comparisons from cultivar performance trials suggest a yield suppression may exist with GR soybean. Yield suppressions may result from either cultivar genetic differentials, the GR gene/gene insertion process, or glyphosate. Grain yield of GR is probably not affected by glyphosate. Yield suppression due to the GR gene or its insertion process (GR effect) has not been reported. We conducted a field experiment at four Nebraska locations in 2 yr to evaluate the GR effect on soybean yield. Five backcross-derived pairs of GR and non-GR soybean sister lines were compared along with three high-yield, nonherbicide-resistant cultivars and five other herbicide-resistant cultivars. Glyphosate resistant sister lines yielded 5% (200 kg ha−1) less than the non-GR sisters (GR effect). Seed weight of the non-GR sisters was greater than that of the GR sisters (in 1999) and the non-GR sister lines were 20 mm shorter than the GR sisters. Other variables monitored were similar between the two cultivar groups. The high-yield, nonherbicide-resistant cultivars included for comparison yielded 5% more than the non-GR sisters and 10% more than the GR sisters.

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Copyright © 2001. American Society of AgronomyPublished in Agron. J.93:408–412.