VIPS: Detailed Information on Soybean Varieties
Scientist: Phil Orwick, National Soybean Research Center,
Urbana, 217-244-1706, email@example.com
Source: Rob Wystra, College of Aces/ITCS Urbana, 217-244-2614
An upgraded tool for analyzing the performance of soybean varieties
is now available on the worldwide web at. The Varietal Information
Program for Soybeans (VIPS) at website http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/vips
contains detailed information on more than 2,000 different soybean
varieties grown in Illinois and Iowa. In most cases, more than
30 different compositional attributes are listed for each variety.
"Users of this program can readily identify the trial locations
where varieties of particular interest were planted and compare
their trial outcomes," Orwick said. "VIPS also provides
data on disease resistance for white mold, soybean sudden death
syndrome (SDS), soybean cyst nematode (SCN), rhizoctonia root
rot, and seed mottling is available for many varieties."
The recent upgrade has also added soybean varietal data from the
Iowa Crop Performance Tests.
An additional component of VIPS is designed for users interested
in an in-depth analysis of soybean composition. Data from VIPS
composition provides information on 31 end-use attributes of soybean
composition. The database covers more than 2,000 different varieties.
VIPS composition includes data for protein, fatty acids, amino
acids, and isoflavones, as well as numerous other attributes.
Users can access the data by clicking on the VIPS composition
link on the main VIPS homepage. There is no charge for accessing
this information. All that is required is a simple, one-time registration
process to obtain a user name and password.
"Once the registration form is submitted, users receive
a confirmation by e-mail with the chosen user name and password,"
Orwick said. "They can then access the database immediately.
A brief tour of VIPS composition is available on the website by
clicking on ‘Introduction to VIPS composition Capabilities.'
Together with the information on the main database, this new component
provides an invaluable tool for deciding what to expect from a
particular soybean variety and for selecting varieties in the
following planting season."