Osage Seed Variety and Foundation Seeds Farm - October 19, 2009
With Dr. Pengyin Chen Professor of Soybean Breeding and Genetics
[Title Slide – Osage Seed Variety and Foundation Seeds Farm; Dr. Pengyin Chen Professor of Soybean Breeding and Genetics; Number 18, October 19, 2009 Your Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]
[Pengyin Chen standing in a field]The Osage, the new variety, we, has done well in our test and also variety testing programs. And in 2008, Osage came on top in Arkansas variety testing program and also was on top of Tennessee variety testing program and also tied with 1st place in Mississippi and was also the number one yielder in Texas’ program. [Video showing a combine in a field.] And of course, Osage has been selected by all the breeders in the south, so we put the Osage as a USDA check in USDA variety testing program, which is really a recognition of the high-yielding potential.
[Pengyin Chen] One more thing I want to add to the Osage soybean, besides the high-yield, is the high-protein. On average, Osage will give 43-44% of protein in comparison on average soybean was about 40% protein, so which is another plus in terms of marketing your crop. [Video showing soybeans being loaded into a truck.] So there’s farmers who produce this high protein-soybeans for specialty markets like feed and soy food. [Pengyin Chen] So those will fit into your farm operation with probably some premium or actual profits from this production.
We do have a foundation seeds production program in Stuttgart. Each year we produce about 50-60 acres of foundation seed production of each of our varieties. Namely, 4805, Ozark, and Osage and next year we’ll have a new variety in production as well. So on average we produce about somewhere around 2,000 bags, 2,500 bags of foundation seeds of each variety, each year. So those seeds are made to be sold to seed dealers for certified seeds production. So there are average about 9-10 companies in Arkansas that are producing certified seeds around the state. So they will be available to farmers to purchase the seeds. I think that price wise, they range about $12 to $20 depending on the year and the variety.
[Slide - Picture of soybean plants with pods. Foundation Seeds available from University of Arkansas Foundation Seeds Farm in Stuttgart.] Foundation seeds are available at our foundation seeds farm in Stuttgart. The contact person there is Debbie Ahrent or Ronnie Sherman. [Slide - Contact Debbie Ahrent or Ronnie Sherman for Foundation Seed Information at Rice Research and Extension Center, RRAB 2900, Highway 130 East, Stuttgart, AR 72160, 870-673-2661. Picture of soybean plants with pods. Foundation Seeds available from University of Arkansas Foundation Seeds Farm in Stuttgart.] So they should be available to assist in any questions you may have, foundation seeds purchasing.
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information on soybean farming in Arkansas contact your local county Extension Office. [Title slide - For more information contact your local county Extension office. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]