Six Universities Target Improved Soy Yields

Soybeans often take second place to corn during the growing season. As a result, farmers are likely losing on efficiency of production and on final yields in soybeans, said Chad Lee, a University of Kentucky agronomist.

Lee is spearheading Kentucky’s part of a national initiative to boost soybean yields. The research and outreach effort is being funded by a $495,000 grant from the United Soybean Board production committee and includes UK, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, University of Arkansas, and Louisiana State University.

"We are going to investigate current production practices to see where yields can be improved," Lee said. "In addition, we are curious as to how management practices affect soybean seed composition. We will test some of these strategies across six states from north to south and hopefully develop some very good management recommendations. The fact that the United Soybean Board is funding this project tells us that we will be doing research of critical interest to soybean producers."

In 2008, soybean production in Kentucky and many other states is expected to increase because of high prices and low stocks. However, soybean production is facing increased competition internationally from South America and domestically from corn acres needed to feed ethanol production.

George Martin, a Nebo farmer and member of the United Soybean Board production committee, was the one who made the motion to fund the grant.

"I got a pretty quick second on that," he said. "There are a lot of things that can come out of this research. If you look at the states involved, it goes from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, and there’s a wide variance of research that is going to be going on. This is a place to start to see what we need to look at and pinpoint for more research."

Martin said the main thrust will be on what the biggest yield robbers are, and that could be different in different locations. He said he also anticipates the work will look at other issues such as quality.

Kentucky producers have complained in recent years about what they perceived as stagnant soybean yields. Current soybean varieties have the potential to yield more than 100 bushels per acre, but this potential is almost never realized. Kentucky’s statewide average record soybean yield of 44 bushels per acre was set in 2004 and 2006. Yields in 2007 were down to an estimated 27 bushels per acre due primarily to poor weather conditions during the growing season.

The project will start in the fall of 2008 and continue through 2011. The six states represented account for 33 percent of soybean production nationwide. The effort’s underlying goal is to help soybeans stay competitive as part of the crop rotation.

Soybean producers need to maximize production efficiency and yield to keep soybeans competitive with corn domestically and competitive with other soybean regions nationally.

Source: University of Kentucky
 

Leave a Reply

Latest News
Soybean Field
FungicidesSyngenta Launches Interactive Tools For Vibrance Seed T…
August 30, 2016
As part of the ongoing commitment to provide growers and retailers with the most current crop protection products and agronomic Read More
EquipmentAGCO Celebrates Manufacturing In Minnesota
August 30, 2016
AGCO Corp. welcomed the I Make America campaign to its Jackson, MN, factory last Friday to celebrate the contributions of manufacturing Read More
MAGIE 2015 Overview
Eric SfiligojThe Read From MAGIE
August 29, 2016
As I write this column, I’ve just returned from the annual Midwest AG Industries Exposition (MAGIE) in Bloomington, IL. Being Read More
EquipmentAGCO Opens Nominations For 11th Annual Operator Of The …
August 29, 2016
AGCO Corp. is now accepting nominations for 2016 Operator of the Year, which recognizes hard-working applicators across the country. These Read More
CHS St. Paul, MN fertilizer terminal
CropLife 100CHS Completes $10 Million Renovation Of St. Paul Agrono…
August 29, 2016
CHS Inc., North America’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, has completed a $10 million Read More
2016 ShowStopper | Case IH Patriot 4440 Sprayer
Equipment5 Show-stopping Products On Display At 2016 MAGIE
August 26, 2016
For 10 years now, visitors to the yearly Midwest AG Industries Exposition (MAGIE) show have been tasked with voting for Read More
Crop InputsDuPont Pioneer: Corn Belt P and K Levels Lagging
August 24, 2016
A new DuPont Pioneer study conducted across 12 Corn Belt states demonstrates that growers may be leaving profit potential in Read More
Monsanto sign
Crop InputsCould a Monsanto-Bayer Union Be 2 Weeks from Fruition?
August 24, 2016
Via STLToday.com (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch): Merger talks between Monsanto Co. and Bayer AG are advancing after a series of Read More
EquipmentCase IH Debuts Nutri-Tiller 955 Strip-Till Applicator
August 24, 2016
With strip-till continuing to expand across new acres, Case IH designed the new Nutri-Tiller 955 strip-till applicator to help producers Read More
EquipmentCase Launches Aim Command FLEX, 25th Anniversary Patrio…
August 24, 2016
Case IH announces new AIM Command FLEX advanced spray technology for greater application accuracy, as well as special 25th Anniversary Read More
ASMARK 2016 Retailers Live! Tour - CPS
CropLife 100CPS Acquires Texas Retail Operation
August 23, 2016
Crop Production Services (CPS) has acquired the assets of Larry’s Chemical and Spray, Inc., for an undisclosed amount in an Read More
PrecisionAg Video Conference
Precision AgVideo: PrecisionAg Vision Conference
August 22, 2016
A Strategic Conference Focused on the Future of Farm Digitization and Precision Agriculture Visit precisionagvision.com and register today! Read More
Young Corn Plants
Industry NewsOABA Welcomes Nicole Wallace As Communication & Adm…
August 22, 2016
The Ohio AgriBusiness Association has hired Nicole Wallace as its communication and administrative coordinator. Wallace will help provide comprehensive communication Read More
Syngenta Sign
Crop InputsChemChina, Syngenta Receive Clearance From CFIUS
August 22, 2016
China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) and Syngenta have announced that the companies have received clearance on their proposed transaction from the Read More
ManagementAg Industry Shows and Rumors
August 18, 2016
Editors Paul Schrimpf and Eric Sfiligoj talk about the upcoming trade show schedule, crop protection merger updates, and content for Read More
MAGIE 2015
EquipmentMAGIE Takes The Pulse Of The Ag Retail Industry
August 18, 2016
Every year, one of the major highlights of my career as an ag journalist is attending the Midwest AG Industries Read More
MAGIE 2015 Overview
EquipmentPride In Professionalism On Display At MAGIE
August 18, 2016
The Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association (IFCA) is proud to partner with CropLife IRON and continue the tradition of bringing Read More
SprayersJenner Ag To Debut 25th Anniversary Edition Case IH Pat…
August 18, 2016
Visitors at the 2016 Midwest Ag Industries Exhibition (MAGIE) in Bloomington, IL, will have a unique photo opportunity, as Jenner Read More