SALISBURY, Md. — The Delaware Soybean Board (DSB) has approved funding for six research projects in 2023, evaluating planting dates, weed and pest control, nutrient efficiency, and more. The total investment of $57,361 is funded through the soybean checkoff program to maximize soybean farmer’s profitability in the First State.
“We consistently poll our farmer-leaders from across the state to identify challenges in soybean production,” says Cory Atkins, Chair of the Delaware Soybean Board. “Using this information, we are able to select projects for funding that will provide the greatest benefit to the growers paying into the checkoff.”
Projects for 2023 include:
- Identifying and culturing slug parasitic nematodes in Delaware, Dr. Michael Crossley, University of Delaware, $7,884
- Soil pH and planting timing effects on yield, Jarrod O. Miller Amy L. Shober, University of Delaware, $6,356
- Irrigation and starter potassium effects on uptake and yield, Jarrod O. Miller, James Adkins, and Cory Whaley, University of Delaware, $5,556
- Soybean Row Spacing and Planting Rate Effects on Litter Decomposition, Jarrod O. Miller, University of Delaware, $7,743
- Evaluating Common Preemergence Herbicides for Relative Crop Safety, Mark VanGessel, University of Delaware, $16,812
- Case study testing effectiveness of deer repellents under extreme deer grazing, Luke Macaulay, University of Maryland, $13,010
Results of previously research funded by the Delaware Soybean Board can be found on DSB’s website, https://desoybeans.org/researchpage/.
Delaware farmers plant about 150,000 acres of soybeans annually, producing over seven million bushels of beans and generating approximately $60 million in value to the state. The Delaware Soybean Board consists of nine farmer-directors and the Secretary of Agriculture. Funded through a one-half of one percent assessment on the net market value of soybeans at their first point of sale, the checkoff works with partners in the value chain to identify and capture opportunities that increase farmer profit potential.
–Danielle Bauer Farace, Delaware Soybean Board