At Farmfest, the Minnesota Soybean Research Promotion Council highlighted its longtime support for the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Soybean research director David Kee says that collaboration includes the state’s soybean breeding program. “University of Minnesota started a soybean breeding program in 1948 and they released the first variety in 1953. In 1961, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association began and lobbied the Legislature for $500 to support the breeding program.” The Minnesota Soybean Checkoff is now working with the University of Minnesota on high oleic soybeans for high-volume, long-lasting oils. In addition, aphid resistant varieties, SCN-resistant varieties and natto soybeans are all being released. RRFN’s Farmfest coverage is sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.
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