A member of our board, the Mid-South Soybean Board and the Southwest Soybean Board, as well as a past president of the Crittenden County Farm Bureau, Drew Oliver served Arkansas’s soybean industry for 34 years.
In recognition of his multi-decade contributions and commitment to the soybean industry in Arkansas and around the country, the Natural Soybean and Grain Alliance (NSGA) has named their latest soybean variety in Oliver’s honor; Drew.Soy 5.0.
This honorary variety is a chloride excluder and showing signs of (moderate) resistance to races of soybean cyst nematodes, root-knot nematodes, stem canker and frog-eye leaf spot. Official tests were conducted in Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi. While in development, Drew.Soy 5.0 showed comparable or increased yields in Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi. The seed was produced in NE Arkansas, Oliver’s home region, and is available through NSGA for the 2018 season.
From Marion, Arkansas, Oliver earned his master’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas in 1981 and farmed in Proctor for 34 years.
Drew Oliver passed away on September 15, 2017, at the age of 66.