The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) is now accepting pre-proposals for research projects focused on soybean production and animal agriculture for the 2022 growing season. Pre-proposals should be submitted by October 15, 2021.
“Public and private researchers are encouraged to submit projects to help maximize the profitability of Maryland soybean farmers,” states Maryland Soybean Board Research Committee Chair Joshua Appenzeller. “While the board has identified several research priorities, all innovative project ideas will be considered.”
Research priorities for the upcoming year include:
- Variety development and trials – yield, quality, population, salt-tolerance, and yield-enhancement products
- Nematodes – race identification and control, and resistance
- Weed control – low-rate chemical usage, herbicide resistance, and herbicide trials
- Pest management – pesticide trials, and bio-pest controls
- Drought Management – irrigation
- Cover Crops
- Disease control
- Deer damage control
- Animal agriculture – aquaculture, and meal and oil
All areas of research are equal in priority. A full listing of priorities, along with research guidelines may be found by visiting https://www.mdsoy.com/research/.
All pre-proposals must be submitted on the appropriate application form without any attachments. Researchers who plan to submit proposals to continue previously funded research are not required to submit a pre-proposal. Applicants for which their project was selected for submission of a full proposal will be notified in early November.
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.
Maryland farmers grow about half a million acres of soybeans, producing more than 20 million bushels of beans each year. With a value of nearly $200 million to the state’s economy, soybeans are one of Maryland’s top crops. For more information on the Maryland Soybean Board, visit www.mdsoy.com.