(March 15, 2018) – Improving management techniques and applying new technology is the focus for research projects funded by the Maryland Soybean Board for 2018. The board approved 12 projects for funding, totaling $180,894 in checkoff dollars invested.
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.
Soybean research projects receiving funding for 2018 are:
- An Integrated Pilot Project to Tackle Herbicide Resistance in Soybean, Naveen Kumar, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, $17,000
- Developing a Management Program for the Dectes Stem Borer by Targeting Its Weak Links, Alan Leslie, UMD Entomology, $27,445
- Evaluate the Effect of Early and Late Maturing Wheat Cultivars and Early High Moisture Wheat Harvest on Wheat and Double Crop Soybean Yield and Quality, Bob Kratochvil, UMD Plant Science, $7,002.50
- Evaluate the Effect of Two Agronomic Management Factors Chosen by the Maryland Soybean Board on Double Crop Small Grain and Soybean Yield and Quality, Bob Kratochvil, UMD Plant Science, $6,302.50
- Evaluation of Fungicide Seed Treatments, Andrew Kness, University of Maryland Extension, $5,417
- Identification of New Sources of Resistance/Tolerance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum among Soybean Germplasm Showing Resistance to Phytophthora sojae (Phytophthora root rot), Kathryne Everts, UMD/UMES, $22,952
- Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds in MD Soybean Systems, Ben Beale, University of Maryland, $7,380
- Maximizing Yield and Quality of Mid-Atlantic Soybean Production with Soil Sulfur Management, Ray Weil, UMD Environmental Science and Technology, $26,031
- Nanotechnology for Sustainable Soybean Production Under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses, Naveen Kumar, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, $26,500
- Plant Early Kill Late – Extend the Green to Get More from Cover Crops, Ray Weil, UMD Environmental Science and Technology, $23,459
- Precision Drone Technology for Improved Crop Yield, Input and Environmental Impact, Carl Wise, Precision Ag UAS Technology, $5,800.00
- Row Spacing & Fungicide Timing on Disease Control & Profitability in Double Crop Soybeans, Andrew Kness, University of Maryland Extension, $5,605
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.
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For More Information:
Susanne Zilberfarb, Executive Director
Maryland Soybean Board