UT AgResearch and USDA Release New Soybean Line

The United States Department of Agriculture along with University of Tennessee AgResearch have recently released a new soybean germplasm line that is resistant to multiple pathogens common to the Mid-South.  It also exhibits high yield potential.
According to Dr. Prakash Arelli, supervisory research geneticist with USDA, the new line JTN-5203 will be highly useful for providing resistance to soybean cyst nematode populations, reniform nematodes and fungal diseases, while maintaining very high yields. It is a maturity group V, determinate soybean.
Based on data from the 23 locations in the USDA Uniform Soybean Tests, between 2007-2009, JTN-5203 produced on average 49.3 bushels/acre.  In the 2009 Tennessee Soybean Variety Performance Tests, JTN-5203 produced very high seed yields (67 bu/a) and was ranked second among 36 Maturity Group IV and V conventional varieties and Roundup Ready checks.
A limited quantity of seed is available from Dr. Arelli at the USDA-ARS-Mid South Area Crops Genetics Research Unit, located at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee.  He can be contacted atPrakash.Arelli@ars.udsa.gov.  Seed of this release, JTN-5203, will be deposited in the National Germplasm System where it will be available for research purposes, including development and commercialization of new cultivars.
UT AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture.  In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
Dr. Prakash Arelli, USDA-ARS-MSA Crops Genetic Research Unit,  prakash.arellis@ars.usda.gov, 731-425-4741
Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communication Services,  gtrice@tennessee.edu, 731-425-4768