Through the checkoff, Eastern Region soybean growers invest in important research projects. The board aims to provide farmers with cutting-edge research they can use to better manage their crops.
Every year, ERSB reviews research proposals from university and industry research scientists and extension specialists. All funded projects intend to further the development of the soybean industry and benefit soybean growers.
RESEARCH FISCAL YEAR 2017
The ERSB provided a research grant to Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont for the 2017 growing season.
Due to the relatively short growing season in Vermont, little research has been conducted on soybeans and the insects and diseases that can affect yield and quality. Soybeans could be grown for human consumption, animal feed, and biodiesel in Vermont. The purpose of our trials was to evaluate yield and quality of short season soybean varieties, begin to document optimum planting dates for the region, and continue to work towards developing cover cropping practices for soybeans. With a growing concern of agriculturally related water quality implications in Vermont waterways, farmers are now required in some instances to cover crop their annually cropped fields. However, with this increase in cover cropping there is a need to investigate potential impacts on following cash crops including soybeans. This report summarizes the research and outreach activities for the 2017 growing season.
The ERSB provided a research grant to Ian Small and David Wright at the University of Florida for soybean disease scouting in the 2017 growing season.
Both kudzu (as the primary source of soybean rust inoculum) and soybeans (i.e., soybean sentinel plots) were scouted for signs of soybean diseases in 2017 from January through early August, when this year’s commercial soybean crop was deemed mature enough to forego additional scouting.
FL and LA were the first states in the country to report detections of soybean rust (SBR) on overwintering kudzu in January 2017. Results of disease scouting on kudzu and soybeans through the season (beginning in January and ending in August) were reported to the Integrated Pest Management – Pest Information for Extension and Education (PIPE, http://sbr.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi).
Please use the Sponsorship Request Form and FY 2018 Request for Research Proposal online form provided. Please reference the 2018 Research Funding Guidelines and Policy. If you are unable to access the application, please e-mail our office or call (717) 651-5922. (Application process and guidelines are identical to those used in Pennsylvania. On you application, please note that your proposal is for the Eastern Region.)
Deadline for proposals is January 23, 2018.
Soybean Checkoff Research Database
This database includes all soy checkoff-funded research, including both state and national projects. Read about how your checkoff investment helps address agronomic challenges and develop new markets.
North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC)
NFREC is one of the largest and the most diverse units of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, consisting of research and education campuses in Quincy and Marianna, Fla. NFREC conducts soybean research, including extensive research on rust , at the Quincy location.
Penn State Field Crop News
Field Crop News is a weekly newsletter produced by the Penn State Crop Management Extension Group that provides agronomic crop-management information to farmers, extension agents and the agribusiness community during the production season. Posted every Tuesday, each issue contains articles pertaining to production, pest management and precision agriculture.