The Delaware Soybean Board has funded a record $84,293.66 in research at the University of Delaware.
Among the projects funded are a statewide insect pest survey to monitor pest populations and alert farmers when infestations reach economically damaging levels that may require treatment. The project will scout fields for emerging and re-emerging pest issues such as kudzu bug, stink bugs, dectes stem borer and thrips.
Two different studies will examine rates and timing of irrigation and “fertigation” – the practice of delivering precise levels of nutrients to crops through the irrigation system. Research will also look at Palmer amaranth control and high yield variety trials. Another study will confirm the sources of phosphorus in the Chesapeake Bay.