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.
Please use the Sponsorship Request Form and FY 2020 Request for Research Proposal online form provided. Please reference the 2020 Research Funding Guidelines and Policy. If you are unable to download the application, please e-mail our office or call (717) 651-5922.(Application process and guidelines are identical to those used in Pennsylvania. On your application, please note that your proposal is for the Eastern Region.)
Deadline for proposals for Fiscal Year 2020 is January 29, 2020.
The ERSB provided a research grant to Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont.
Due to extended periods of low milk prices and high input costs, farmers in the Northeast are looking for ways to increase on-farm feed production and diversity their operations to increase profitability. Soybeans could be grown for human consumption, animal feed, and biodiesel in Vermont. However, due to the relatively short growing season soybeans have not been a crop of major focus for yield or quality research.
The purpose of our trials is to evaluate soybean yield and quality under conventional and organic growing conditions, when planting dates are varied, and under various tillage regimes following fall planted cover crops. Understanding how crops are impacted by varying planting dates can help producers make important management decisions. 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 and best practices for establishing cover crops into and following soybeans. Similarly, with the concerted effort to reduce nutrient loading in waterways due to soil erosion, farmers are becoming more interested in adoption reduced and no-till practices. Understanding how to best combine these two practices into soybean cropping systems specifically for the Northeast is critical to the success of soybean crops in Vermont.
The ERSB provided a research grant to Ian Small and David Wright at the University of Florida for soybean disease scouting.
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).
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.