Maryland Soybean Board to Host Soybean Research Field Day

Local farmers and industry professionals are invited to join the Maryland Soybean Board to learn about checkoff-funded research out in the field on August 11, 2021, at the Wye Research and Education Center. Research to be featured includes a spray drone demonstration, use of forage soybeans to control deer damage, evaluation of growth-promotion projects, variety trials, cover crops, and weed management.

“We are excited to provide an opportunity for farmers paying into the soybean checkoff program to see funded research during the growing season,” says Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) Chair Belinda Burrier. “Research funding provided by MSB aims to increase the profitability and sustainability of soybean growers across the state.”

The field day will include nutrient management, pesticide applicator, and certified crop adviser (CCA) credits, as well as offer a snakehead fish fry and barbeque dinner to attendees. Preregistration is encouraged. Find the full agenda, available credits, and registration by visiting https://msbfieldday2021.eventbrite.com.

“We hope to see you there!” remarks Burrier.

About Maryland Soybean Board: The Maryland Soybean Board is funded by the national soybean checkoff program, which assesses one-half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans at the first point of sale. The board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors and directs funds for research, marketing and education programs to benefit the Maryland soybean industry.

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For More Information:
Danielle Bauer Farace, Executive Director
Maryland Soybean Board
443-812-4526 | danielle@mdsoy.com

 

Maryland Soybean Board Invests in Production Research

The Maryland Soybean Board is pleased to announce that it has awarded 13 research project grants totaling an investment of $156,753 for 2021 production research. The farmer-led board selected projects that would provide growers with the most current information to protect their crops and the environment.

“Through the funding of these projects, we aim to fulfill our mission of increasing the profitability of Maryland soybean farmers,” said Maryland Soybean Board Research Chair Josh Appenzeller. “The projects selected for funding address local issues that will positively impact farmer’s operations.”

The Maryland Soybean Board will be hosting a research field day on August 11, 2021, at the Wye Research & Education Center in Queenstown, to provide farmers with an opportunity to see checkoff-funded research in action. More details on this event are forthcoming.

Soybean research projects receiving funding for 2021 are:

  • Field Evaluation of Resistance Sources for Management of Soybean Cyst Nematode, Alyssa Koehler, University of Delaware, $6,180
  • Efficacy of Herbicides, Timing, and Tank Mixes on Novel Herbicide Tolerant Traits in MD Soybean Systems, Benjamin Beale, University of Maryland Extension, $7,371
  • Fertilizing Cover Crops: Do You Have to Put Some In to Get More Out?, Ray Weil, University of Maryland, $21,344
  • Phosphorus Runoff from No-Till Soils – Do Cover Crops Make it Better or Worse?, Ray Weil, University of Maryland, $17,337
  • Planting Green – Extending the Growing Season to Get More Payback from Cover Crops, Ray Weil, University of Maryland, $21,130
  • Evaluating Drone for Cover Crop Seeding and Pesticide Applications, Andrew Kness, University of Maryland Extension, $3,474
  • Evaluation of Growth-Promoting Products for Soybean Production in Maryland, Andrew Kness, University of Maryland Extension, $4,795
  • Soybean Fungicide Efficacy, Profitability, and Pest Resistance Over Time, Andrew Kness, University of Maryland Extension, $13,098
  • Salt Tolerance in Soybean, Naveen Kumar Dixit, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, $19,363
  • Evaluating Earlier Planting Dates for Increased Soybean Yields, Nicole Fiorellino, University of Maryland Extension, $9,767
  • University of Maryland Soybean Variety Trials – Check Varieties, Nicole Fiorellino, University of Maryland Extension, $11,391
  • Evaluating Soybean Variety Performance and Response to Deer Grazing, Luke Macauley, University of Maryland Extension, $8,258
  • Strategies for Controlling Herbicide Resistant Common Ragweed in Maryland, Sarah Hirsh, University of Maryland Extension, $13,245

In 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.

About Maryland Soybean Board: The Maryland Soybean Board is funded by the national soybean checkoff program, which assesses one-half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans at the first point of sale. The board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors and directs funds for research, marketing and education programs to benefit the Maryland soybean industry.

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For More Information:
Danielle Bauer Farace, Executive Director
Maryland Soybean Board
443-812-4526 | danielle@mdsoy.com

Maryland Soybean Board Seeking Soybean Promotion Projects

The Maryland Soybean Board is now accepting applications for projects that promote soybeans or its many byproducts. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a proposal by July 14.

Projects should be for their upcoming fiscal year, beginning October 1, 2021 and should focus on soybean use and promotion. Priority areas identified by the Maryland Soybean Board include animal agriculture, consumer education, emerging markets, and farmer engagement, however potential projects are not limited to these topics.

“There are constant innovations being made in the soybean industry,” states Evan Staley, chair of the board’s Promotion and Communications Committee. “We look forward to bringing new opportunities to Maryland soybean farmers and sharing the work of farmers within our communities.”

Applications will be reviewed by the farmer-led board and will be selected based on the greatest impact to soybean farming in Maryland. Applications can be found here (Word) (PDF).

About Maryland Soybean Board: The Maryland Soybean Board is funded by the national soybean checkoff program, which assesses one-half of one percent of the net market value of soybeans at the first point of sale. The board consists of ten volunteer farmer-directors and directs funds for research, marketing and education programs to benefit the Maryland soybean industry.

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For information, contact:

Danielle Bauer Farace
Maryland Soybean Board
Executive Director
443-812-4526

danielle@mdsoy.com

 

Earth Day Celebrations Continue Year-Round for Maryland Soybean Farmers

As many around the globe celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd, Maryland soybean farmers went on with business as usual. That is because for them, every day is Earth Day. Maryland farmers are leading the nation in implementing climate-smart agricultural practices to restore our earth. Emerging science has shown an achievable path for agriculture to become carbon negative. But to reach that achievement, collaboration, partnerships and investment are needed.

The Maryland Soybean Board (MSB) is pleased to be included in the over thirty companies, boards, and NGOs who have signed on to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA) Decade of Ag initiative, endorsing a shared vision for sustainable food systems. In the next decade, MSB pledges to continue working with USFRA and other organizations and leaders from across the food and agriculture value chain to accelerate bold actions, including:

  • Restoring our environment through agriculture that regenerates natural resources,
  • Revitalizing our collective appreciation for agriculture,
  • Investing in the next generation of agricultural systems, and
  • Strengthening the social and economic fabric of America through agriculture.

“We bring momentum to these outcomes from our investment of soybean checkoff dollars in research, market development, and education,” stated MSB Chair Belinda Burrier of Union Bridge. “We look forward to being part of this group of pioneers and encourage others to follow suit.”

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.

The checkoff program is funded by farmers through an assessment of one-half of one percent of the net market value of their soybeans at the 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 more information on the Maryland Soybean Board, visit www.mdsoy.com.

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Danielle Bauer Farace, Executive Director
Maryland Soybean Board
Office: 443.812.4526
danielle@mdsoy.com

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