The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) is looking for research projects focused on soybean production and animal agriculture for the 2021 growing season. Pre-proposals are now being accepted through October 15, 2020.
“We encourage researchers to submit new project ideas that align with our priorities,” says Joshua Appenzeller, Chair of the MSB Research Committee and farmer from Queen Anne’s County. “The pre-proposal process allows the Board to identify projects of interest that can then be detailed in a full proposal.”
Production research priorities include:
- Variety development and trials: Yield, Quality, Population, Salt-tolerance
- Nematodes: Race identification and control, Resistance
- Weed control: Low rate chemical usage, Herbicide resistance, Herbicide trials
- Pest Management: Pesticide trials, Bio-pest controls, Drought management, Irrigation
- Cover Crop
- Disease Control
- Deer Damage Control
Of equal priority, Animal Agriculture priorities include aquaculture, soy meal and soy oil.
The application form for pre-proposals is available at www.mdsoy.com/research. Applications must include this 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 during the first week of 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.