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Uniform Soybean Tests, Northern Region

posted on 2023-11-30, 08:18 authored by USDA Agricultural Research Service, Crop Production and Pest Control Unit

The Uniform Soybean Tests, Northern Region, in place since 1941, evaluate yield, disease resistance, and quality traits of public breeding lines from northern states of the USA and Canadian provinces. The annual reports which compile the test results (PDF format) are available, and new reports are added annually. The Uniform Soybean Tests are conducted and managed as a component of a CRIS project on Enhancing Resistance to Root Rot Pathogens of Soybeans in the USDA-ARS Crop Production and Pest Control Unit at West Lafayette, Indiana. The purpose of the Uniform Soybean Tests is to critically evaluate the best of the experimental soybean lines developed by federal and state research personnel in the U.S. and Canada, for their potential release as new varieties.

Locations include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Ontario, Quebec, Tennessee.

Germplasm exchange among breeding programs is the foundation of breeding progress. The purpose of the Uniform Soybean Test is to facilitate the free exchange of germplasm in an effort to maximize genetic diversity and provide well-adapted, stable breeding lines and varieties in the pursuit of breeding progress. Participants are encouraged to exchange germplasm within the legal guidelines pertaining to transgenic strains.

Resources in this dataset:


Agricultural Research Service


Data contact name

Gouhong, Cai

Data contact email


USDA Agricultural Research Service, Crop Production and Pest Control Unit

Temporal Extent Start Date


Temporal Extent End Date



  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description

United States; North Central States; Canada; Ontario; Quebec

ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment
  • farming

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

soybeans; disease resistance; breeding lines; United States; reports (publications); research programs; researchers; climatic factors; soil types; breeding programs; breeding; genetic variation; guidelines; genetically modified organisms; cultivars; root rot; pathogens; Agricultural Research Service; crop production; pest control; Indiana; human resources; new variety; Iowa; Illinois; Kansas; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; North Dakota; Nebraska; Ohio; Ontario; Quebec; Tennessee; Biological Sciences; Plant Science and Plant Products

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 301
  • 303
  • 305

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Crop Production and Pest Control Unit (2018). Uniform Soybean Tests, Northern Region. USDA Agricultural Research Service, Crop Production and Pest Control Unit.