SALISBURY, Md. — Novel applications of nanotechnology, the effect of “legacy phosphorus” and the impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments on non-target invertebrates and soil microbes were among 18 projects which won $213,118 in funding from the Maryland Soybean Board this spring.
Here’s a rundown of the 2017 soybean research projects:
- Improving Double Crop Soybean Performance with Earlier Harvest of Wheat, Dr. Robert Kratochvil, $15,624.
- To Evaluate Soybean Lines with Feed Value Traits Combined with Oil Value (High Oleic and Low Linolenic Acid) in non-GMO Varieties Adapted to Maryland, Bill Rhodes, $16,000.
- Monitoring Field Level Groundwater Quality in the Upper Chester Showcase Watershed — Continuation of Groundwater Data Collection, Judy Denver, $8,000.
- Impact of Repeated Use of Neonicotinoid Treated Seed in Grain Crop Rotations on Non-target Invertebrates and Soil Microbes, Kelly Hamby, $26,000.
- Planting Green – Getting More Payback for Cover Crops, Dr. Ray Weil, $12,000.
- Sulfur Management to Enhance Quality and Yield of Soybean Protein, Dr. Ray Weil, $12,000.
- Role of Legacy Phosphorus in Downstream Water Quality in East Creek, Crisfield, Md., Dr. Deb Jaisi, $21,075.
- 2017 Agronomic And Economic Evaluation of Prominent Varieties Recommended by Local Seed Dealers with Maryland State Variety Trials, Dr. Jason Wight, $6,450.
- Evaluation of Integrated Strategies to Manage Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Soybeans, Ben Beale, $6,457.
- Soybean Stover for Direct Catalytic Conversion to Biofuels and Enhanced Seed Yield and Mineral Availability, Dr. Wendy Peer, no cost extension.
- Screening Entomopathogenic Fungi for Controlling Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Simon Zebelo, $5,500.
- Nanotechnology for Sustainable Soybean Production Under Biotic an Abiotic Stresses, Naveen Kumar, $26,500.
- Drone Technology to Increase Crop Yield Precision Agriculture, Carl Wise, $3,700.
- Assessing the Impacts of Row Spacing and Fungicide Timing on Disease Control and Profitability in Double Crop Soybean Production Systems, Dr. Nathan Kleczewski, $6,007.
- Enhancing Soy Consumption in Human Foods through Science-based Approaches, Dr. Lucy Yu, $10,000.
- Improvement of Soybean Protein Functionality Using Chemical and Nanotechnology as Approaches, Qin Wang, $10,000.
- Evaluation of Soybean Fungicide Seed Treatments, Andrew Kness, $2,950.
- Developing a Management Program for the Dectes Stem Borer by Finding and Targeting Its Weak Links, Alan Leslie, $24,855.
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. For more information on the Maryland Soybean Board, visit www.mdsoy.com.
— Maryland Soybean Board