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.
Projects that were funded included:
— 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 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 Whaley, Adkins and Sylvester, $8,963.
— Can plant population play a role in reducing lodging losses in soybeans from dectes stem borer?, proposed by William Cissel, Sylvester and 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.
Delaware farmers plant about 180,000 acres of soybeans each year, and the crop generates nearly $60 million in value to the state. Delaware’s agricultural industry contributes about $8 billion per year to the Delaware economy.
The Delaware Soybean Board includes nine farmer-directors and the Delaware secretary of agriculture. Funded through a one-half of one percent assessment on the net market value of soybeans at their first point of sale, the checkoff works with partners in the value chain to identify and capture opportunities that increase farmer profit potential. One-half of the soybean checkoff assessments collected by the state boards are forwarded to the United Soybean Board.
For information, visit desoybeans.org.