NC-Wilder is a non-GMO, high yielding, multi-environment robust soybean cultivar that is suitable for production in the Southeastern United States. The cultivar has been shown to produce higher levels of seed oil and comparable seed shape and agronomic traits as check soybean cultivars. The introduction of yield enhancing genes has resulted in NC-Wilder being perhaps the highest yielding Group VII cultivar derived from PI 416937.
NC-Wilder has been evaluated using the USDA Southern Uniform Regional Tests and showed significantly higher yield than any other released check cultivar over 32 replicated environments. Results from these trials showed that it averaged 2.6 bushels/acre higher than the elite non-GMO check N7003CN and averaged 2.3 bushels/acre greater than the commercial GMO cultivar AGS-738RR. NC-Wilder has the potential to serve as an additional non-GMO cultivar for production and breeding in the Southeast.
Dr. Andrea J. Cardinal is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Crop Science at NC State.
Sanbao Wang is a former undergraduate researcher in the Department of Crop Science at NC State.