Performance of Fontanelle Hybrids® Brand XtendFlex® Soybeans Under Irrigated and Dryland Environments

TRIAL OBJECTIVE

  • The characterization of new products helps provide product placement information for consumers and Fontanelle Hybrids® representatives.
  • The objective of this comparison was to evaluate Fontanelle Hybrids® brand XtendFlex® soybeans under dryland and irrigated environments.

 

RESEARCH SITE DETAILS

LocationGothenburg, NE   
Soil Type Hord silt loam  

Previous
Crop
Corn   
Tillage
Type
 
Strip tillage


 
Planting Date6/01/20  
Harvest Date10/2/20 

Potential Yield
 (bu/acre)
80  
Seeding Rate
(seeds/acre)

160,000


 
  • In this study, ten Fontanelle Hybrids XtendFlex® soybeans and two Fontanelle Hybrids Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean products were grown under dryland and irrigated environments.
  • This comparison used single-replication, large plots of 0.13 acres and 0.03 acres for dryland and irrigated plots, respectively.
  • No statistical analysis was performed.
  • The irrigated plots were sprinkler-irrigated.
  • Fertility, applied with a Chafer Fertilizer Streambar on 4/14/20, included 50 lb phosphorus/acre, 11 lb sulfur/acre, and 20 lb nitrogen/acre. 
  • Weeds were controlled as necessary and no other pesticides were used in this study.

 

image Figure 1. Fontanelle Hybrids® 27XF30 brand under dryland (left) and irrigated (right) environments. Bayer Research Center, Gothenburg Water Utilization Center, Gothenburg, NE (2020).

UNDERSTANDING THE RESULTS

image Figure 2. Average yields of ten Fontanelle Hybrids® brand XtendFlex® soybeans and two Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans under dryland and irrigated environments. Bayer Research Center, Gothenburg Water Utilization Center, Gothenburg, NE (2020).

  • In this trial, the yields of the Fontanelle Hybrids® Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® products and the Fontanelle Hybrids XtendFlex® soybean products were comparable under both dryland and irrigated environments. 
  • The XtendFlex® soybeans responded positively to irrigation with a 7+ bu/acre increase compared to the dryland environment.

KEY LEARNINGS

  • The average yield of the XtendFlex® soybeans tested was similar to the average yield of the Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans tested with the added benefit of a third mode of action (glufosinate herbicide) for weed control.
  • This study provides an estimate for the performance of Fontanelle Hybrids® brand XtendFlex® soybeans under dryland and irrigated environments.
 
 
 
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