Maryland Soybean Board Funds Research(April 15, 2017) – 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.

The Maryland Soybean Board administers soybean checkoff funds for soybean research, marketing and education programs in the state. It is funded by farmers through an assessment of one-half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans at their first point of sale. One-half of the checkoff funds stay in Maryland for programs; the other half is sent to the United Soybean Board for national and international projects.

Here’s a rundown of the 2017 soybean research projects:

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.

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. For more information on the Maryland Soybean Board, visit

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For More Information:
Sandra Davis, Executive Director, Maryland Soybean Board
Office: 410.742.9500