The Delaware Soybean Board and Maryland Soybean Board have announced soybean research projects that are funded by checkoff dollars.
In Delaware, soybean farmers serving on the Delaware Soybean Board funded six research projects totaling $50,200 on topics ranging from no-till weed management to delivering nutrients via irrigation, also known as “fertigation.”
In Maryland, novel applications of nanotechnology, the effect of “legacy phosphorus” and the impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments on non-target invertebrates and soil microbes were among 18 projects which won $213,118 in funding from the Maryland Soybean Board this spring.
Delaware projects that were funded include:
- Increasing Yield and Profitability in Double-crop Soybean, led by Corey Whaley and Phillip Sylvester of the University of Delaware, $10,513.
- Evaluating the Response of Full Season Soybeans to Various Soil Moisture Levels, proposed by Cory Whaley, James Adkins and Phillip Sylvester, all of the University of Delaware, $9,496.
- Effect of Fertigation on Irrigated Season Soybeans to Various Soil Moisture Levels, led by Cory Whaley, James Adkins and Phillip Sylvester, $8,963.
- Can Plant Population Play a Role in Reducing Lodging Losses in Soybeans from Dectes Stem Borer?, proposed by William Cissel, Phillip Sylvester and Corey Whaley, $2,409.
- Weed Management for No-Till Rye Seeded Soybeans and Double-Cropped Soybeans, led by Mark VanGessel and Kurt Vollmer of the University of Delaware, $13,412.
- Assessing the Impacts of Row Spacing and Fungicide Timing on Disease Control and Profitability in Double Crop Soybean Production Systems, led by Nathan Kleczewski of the University of Delaware, $5,407.
Maryland projects that were funded include:
- Improving Double Crop Soybean Performance with Earlier Harvest of Wheat, Dr. Robert Kratochvil, $15,624.
- To Evaluate Soybean Lines with Feed Value Traits Combined with Oil Value (High Oleic and Low Linolenic Acid) in non-GMO Varieties Adapted to Maryland, Bill Rhodes, $16,000.
- Monitoring Field Level Groundwater Quality in the Upper Chester Showcase Watershed – Continuation of Groundwater Data Collection, Judy Denver, $8,000.
- Impact of Repeated Use of Neonicotinoid Treated Seed in Grain Crop Rotations on Non-target Invertebrates and Soil Microbes, Kelly Hamby, $26,000.
- Planting Green – Getting More Payback for Cover Crops, Dr. Ray Weil, $12,000.
- Sulfur Management to Enhance Quality and Yield of Soybean Protein, Dr. Ray Weil, $12,000.
- Role of Legacy Phosphorus in Downstream Water Quality in East Creek, Crisfield, Md., Dr. Deb Jaisi, $21,075.
- 2017 Agronomic And Economic Evaluation of Prominent Varieties Recommended by Local Seed Dealers with Maryland State Variety Trials, Dr. Jason Wight, $6,450.
- Evaluation of Integrated Strategies to Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Soybeans, Ben Beale, $6,457.
- Soybean Stover for Direct Catalytic Conversion to Biofuels and Enhanced Seed Yield and Mineral Availability, Dr. Wendy Peer, no cost extension.
- Screening Entomopathogenic Fungi for Controlling Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Simon Zebelo, $5,500.
- Nanotechnology for Sustainable Soybean Production Under Biotic an Abiotic Stresses, Naveen Kumar, $26,500.
- Drone Technology to Increase Crop Yield Precision Agriculture, Carl Wise, $3,700.
- Assessing the Impacts of Row Spacing and Fungicide Timing on Disease Control and Profitability in Double Crop Soybean Production Systems, Dr. Nathan Kleczewski, $6,007.
- Enhancing Soy Consumption in Human Foods through Science-based Approaches, Dr. Lucy Yu, $10,000.
- Improvement of Soybean Protein Functionality Using Chemical and Nanotechnology as Approaches, Qin Wang, $10,000.
- Evaluation of Soybean Fungicide Seed Treatments, Andrew Kness, $2,950.
- Developing a Management Program for the Dectes Stem Borer by Finding and Targeting Its Weak Links, Alan Leslie, $24,855.
Delaware farmers plant about 180,000 acres of soybeans each year, and the crop generates approximately $60 million in value to the state. Delaware’s agricultural industry contributes about $8 billion per year to the Delaware economy.
In Maryland, farmers grow about a half a million acres of soybeans, producing more than 20 million bushels of beans each year. With a value of $173 million to the state’s economy, soybeans are one of Maryland’s top crops.