Project Details:

Title:
In support of the Iowa Soybean Research Center

Parent Project: In support of the Iowa Soybean Research Center
Checkoff Organization:Iowa Soybean Association
Categories:Research coordination
Organization Project Code:GR-021649
Project Year:2020
Lead Principal Investigator:Gregory Tylka (Iowa State University)
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Project Summary

The intellectual focus of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is all university activities related to soybean biology, breeding, economics, precision agriculture, production and pest management in the state. The ultimate, long-term goal of the center is to advance understanding of soybean plant biology and to increase soybean production and make production more profitable and environmentally sustainable in the future.

Project Objectives

• To build strong public-private partnerships.
• To grow communication and collaboration with soybean farmers and the agricultural industry about needs for soybean research and education activities by ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association, and to increase the coordination of those activities among the industry, the Iowa Soybean Association and ISU.
• To increase training of undergraduate and graduate students and other personnel for soybean-related research, education and production activities.
• To grow public and private funding of soybean-related research and education activities.
• To supply research-based information to benefit the Iowa soybean industry.
• To build communication with farmers and industry about soybean-related research and education activities at ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association.
• To grow active engagement of farmers and align others in the soybean value chain so that dividends from investments in leadership, research and education integration are accelerated.

Project Deliverables

• increased coordination of soybean research and education activities with that of the Iowa Soybean Association staff and agribusiness personnel in Iowa
• increased exchange of ideas and information and participation in crop conferences and educational meetings held by Iowa State University and the Iowa Soybean Association
• increased cooperative research conducted by ISU scientists and ISA On-Farm Network and Environmental Programs and Services scientists
• leveraged funding of soybean production research and education activities by the soybean checkoff and the soybean industry

Progress of Work

Updated January 16, 2020:
On September 13, 2019 the center’s Industry Advisory Council met at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. In attendance were three farmer representatives, a representative from each center industry partner (Bayer, BASF, Cornelius Seed, GDM Seed, Syngenta, Corteva, and FMC), ISU’s Dean Robison from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and chairs from the Departments of Agronomy, Ag & Biosystems Engineering, and Plant Pathology & Microbiology. In addition, Ed Anderson of the Iowa Soybean Association and the ISRC staff were also present.

The ISRC’s Director, Greg Tylka, shared with the council a list of industry names that he and Steve May, ISA’s development coordinator, are working to recruit as industry partners. And near the end of the meeting, Bayer informed the center that they were going increase their partnership funding level from $5,000 to $50,000 a year. Also at the meeting, Greg shared news that Drs. Gwyn Beattie and Arti Singh recently received federal awards from USDA-NIFA for projects related to research funded by the center.

ISU faculty presented four new research opportunities for funding consideration by the council. The council discussed each project including what benefits they perceive the research can provide for farmers. Greg Tylka reiterated to the council the ISRC would take into account their feedback when the center’s Management Team makes funding decisions. Fernando Miguez, ISU Agronomy faculty, gave a presentation on his work with the ISO-FAST tool. ISO-FAST is an agronomic decision tool designed to help farmers make agronomic decisions with economic benefits. Following his presentation, there was much discussion by the council on ways to best disseminate tools like ISO-FAST.

At the conclusion of the meeting, a few council members accepted the offer of a tour of the new Advanced Teaching and Research Building (ATRB) hosted by Greg Tylka. Two weeks after the Industry Advisory Council meeting, the ISRC’s Management Team met to finalize the center’s funding decision. The Management Team reviewed the center’s available funds and deliberated on the council’s feedback of the four proposed research projects. A decision was made to fund two projects over the course of two years:
1. Jha, Prashant, “Hyperspectral Imaging for Early Detection of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Soybean.”
2. Whitham, Steve, “Virus-mediated gene editing in soybean.”

The ISRC co-hosted a Fall Field Tour for 22 ISU researchers to visit the Syngenta Seedcare Institute in Stanton, Minnesota in mid-October. The institute explained how seed treatment formulas and applications are created and tested for use in diverse climates. Kara Berg, ISRC’s communications specialist, wrote an article about the visit for Wallaces Farmer magazine. You can read it online or in the December 2019 edition of the magazine.

The ISRC staff hosted a visit in the fall of 2019 from Keith & Ginny Smith. They were given a tour of the center’s newly remodeled office in Agronomy Hall, followed by lunch at the IowaStater restaurant in Ames, Iowa. The Smith’s provide financial support of the center’s communications specialist position, and they are very interested in the ISRC’s outreach activities.

The Soybean Centers’ Coordination Group met in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7, 2019. Members of the group include representatives from the university soybean centers and the respective soybean checkoff organizations from Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky. The primary focus of the meeting was discussing various proposal ideas and developing proposals to seek federal funding. Ideas for four research proposals were identified. One research idea was identified as the top priority and a federal funding opportunity for the idea was identified. In order to meet the deadline for the funding opportunity, the group needed to quickly organize a team and develop a strong proposal. Further discussions were held via ZOOM in December 2019 and early January 2020 to lay plans.

Following formation of the Iowa Soybean Association ISA Research Center for Farming Innovation, Ed Anderson reached out to the ISRC and Agronomy Department leadership to discuss future strategic and tactical opportunities. Further discussions for opportunities are scheduled for the new year.

On-farm research coordination discussions continue between ISU and the Iowa Soybean Association’s Scott Nelson. These discussions yield collaboration and cooperation opportunities and avoid duplication of efforts.

Upcoming:
1. The center is ramping up plans for SoyFest. This is an event the ISRC is hosting on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 on ISU’s central campus to educate our students about soybeans and their various uses and importance to the economy of the state and country. We invite all ISA Farmer Board Members to participate.

2. We are working on a Spring Field Tour which may include visits to John Deere in Ankeny and Corteva’s Plant Pathology and Seed Development Divisions in Johnston.

3. The ISRC is again paying the registration costs for ISU faculty, staff, and students to attend the Iowa Soybean Association’s Research & Results Forums in February 2020.

Updated October 2, 2020:
In our earlier report, we described a meeting of the Soybean Centers Coordination Group (made up of soybean centers and state check-off representatives from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri) in St. Louis on November 7, 2019 and from that meeting two preproposals, led by Katy Rainey from Purdue University, were submitted to the United Soybean Board. Katy learned in February both preproposals were invited to be developed into full proposals. After several communications with group members via ZOOM and email, two full proposals were submitted in April for consideration for funding. Katy received word from the USB her project titled, "Proposal Planning for Addressing Demand for Soybean in Plant-based Proteins," was awarded.

Early this spring, the Soybean Centers Coordination Group also formed a small team of university soil health researchers from Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, and Iowa to collaborate on a proposal, led by Steve Culman from OSU. The new project proposal was submitted to the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) by the May 22, 2020 deadline. This group of university researchers put together an idea for testing several soil health indicators across a large geographic area to learn which measures improve the understanding of variation in soybean yields within fields and among fields across the US. Although the project received merit from the NCSRP committee, the proposal was not funded.

Dean Grossnickle, an Agronomic Service Representative with Syngenta, reached out to the ISRC asking for assistance again this year with their 2-day spring training workshop. Syngenta is an industry partner for the center, and Dean hosts annual training workshops for his agronomy team. This year’s training workshop was held February 25-26, 2020 at the Seed Science Center on ISU’s campus, and our center staff made all of the local arrangements for the meeting. The center offers assistance for meeting opportunities such as this to all of our industry partners.

Cate Newberg, USB/NCSRP Program Manager for ISA, led a training workshop for ISU principle investigators on the type of information the United Soybean Board wants entered into their research database (see soybeanresearchdata.com) for semi-annual and final project progress reporting. The ISRC set up this workshop on campus in the new Advanced Teaching and Research Building in February 2020 for principle investigators currently receiving funding support from the United Soybean Board, the Iowa Soybean Association, and/or the North Central Soybean Research Program.

The ISRC promoted to Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students the four Research Results Forums that were held around the state in February 2020 and the center paid for the registration of 12 ISU faculty and staff to participate at the forum location of their choice. Kara Berg, ISRC’s communications specialist, attended the forum held in Ankeny on February 24.

Staff of the ISRC celebrated two big employment milestones recently. On December 19, 2019, Jill Cornelis celebrated 25 years working at Iowa State University. She was inducted into the 25 Year Club at a banquet on March 2, 2020. And Greg Tylka celebrated his 30-year work anniversary at Iowa State University on February 12, 2020.

It was “business as usual” for the center. Well, as close to “business as usual” as it could be during the pandemic shutdown at ISU. We were not able to accomplish tasks as quickly and efficiently as we were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we continued to work through in spite of the delays.

Although progress has been slow because of the pandemic, the two research projects funded through the center last fall (2019) are beginning to function in earnest. Prashant Jha’s project, ““Hyperspectral Imaging for Early Detection of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Soybean,” was delayed because his colleague, Joe Shaw from Montana State University and sub-awardee on the project, was restricted for months from coming to Iowa State University to do collaborative work on the project. The pandemic also slowed the progress on Steve Whitham’s project, “Virus-mediated gene editing in soybean.” Additionally, the center’s financial support of the project was not used initially because Steve was able to leverage funds from the Plant Sciences Institute and these leveraged funds were used first instead of the ISA funds to support a graduate student working on the project.

The ISRC held their annual staff retreat at the Alumni Center in early July. At the event, the staff outlined plans for the upcoming Industry Advisory Council (IAC) meeting set for September 18. Kara Berg, ISRC’s communications specialist, initiated updates to the annual stakeholder’s report and received feedback from staff members. The Stakeholder’s report will be shared with council members during the meeting. Ed Anderson, senior director of research at the Iowa Soybean Association, and Matt Helmers, ISU professor ag & biosystems engineering and director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center (INRC), attended the retreat and participated in a discussion about ways in which the three centers, ISRC, INRC, and the ISA’s Research Center for Farming Innovation, can work together. First, Matt provided a brief description about the INRC then talked about previous collaborations his center has worked on with the ISA. Next, Ed challenged the group to think of ways the three centers could develop a plan for co-funding a position in which their role is developing collaborative projects.

Lights, Camera, Action! A few members of the SCN Coalition, a campaign to manage soybean cyst nematode (SCN), were at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) on July 21 to capture video footage for an SCN education event led by the public relations firm, MorganMyers, from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Greg Tylka, ISRC’s director, hosted the event. Those involved in the video shooting were Greg Tylka, Sam Markell, professor and extension plant pathologist at North Dakota State University, Kaitlyn Bissonnette, assistant extension professor of plant sciences at the University of Missouri, Pamela Smith, DTN Progressive Farmer Magazine’s Crops Technology Editor, Gil Gullickson, crops technology editor for Successful Farming magazine, and Julianne Johnston, counselor for MorganMyers and director of the video. Additional footage will be shot on August 31 when some SCN team members return to FEEL. The final products of the SCN Coalition’s education videos is still under construction and will be made available in the form of a virtual version of the national, in-person, farmer and agribusiness SCN Coalition educational event that was to be held on Monday, August 31, the day before the start of the 2020 Farm Progress Show. MorganMyers received the Best of National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) award in agricultural communications on the success of the SCN Coalition. A video of the SCN Coalition team was shown during the virtual award ceremony on August 11.

The Iowa Youth Crop Scouting Competition celebrated 10 years on July 30, 2020 when 24 youth from Iowa in grades 8-12 were challenged and tested on their Integrated Pest Management skills. The program was developed for high school students to develop their knowledge of Iowa agriculture. This year’s competition was different in that it was the first time the event was done virtually. The Iowa Soybean Research Center was a co-sponsor for this event.

Steve May was successful in securing two new industry partnerships for the center in 2020. Merschman Seeds signed on board in May and AMVAC Chemical Corp joined in August. The ISRC welcomes both companies and looks forward to them participating at the Industry Advisory Council meeting on September 18. The center now has nine agribusinesses as industry partners, contributing financial support and guidance on research needs.

The center's Industry Advisory Council meeting was held on September 18, 2020 at the ISU Alumni Center in Ames, IA. The one-day meeting consisted of introductions from all the Council members including our newest industry partner representatives, Merschman Seeds and AMVAC Chemical Corp. We heard an update on the soybean gall midge pest from Erin Hodgson, professor of entomology at ISU, and five research presentations from ISU faculty working on soybean research. The Council reviewed 22 new research ideas submitted to the ISRC by ISU researchers this year. After much discussion, four projects surfaced that Council members thought were the most value to farmers. The ISRC's Management Team, who makes the final research funding decisions on behalf of the ISRC, also reviewed the 22 research ideas and selected three projects also endorsed by the Council members. The projects chosen for funding were :
Thomas Baum, "Mechanisms of defense suppression by soybean cyst nematode effectors"
Leonor Leandro, "Time of disease onset as an early indicator of soybean resistance to SDS"
Lie Tang, " In-field soybean seed pod analysis on harvest socks using 3D imaging and machine learning"

Updated March 22, 2021:
On September 18, 2020, the ISRC held their annual Industry Advisory Council (IAC) meeting in the ISU Alumni Center’s Ballroom. Space was adequate allowing for social distancing of those who joined the meeting in-person and for anyone unable to attend in-person participated via ZOOM.

Ed Anderson opened the IAC meeting welcoming representatives from the center’s two new industry partners, AMVAC Chemical Corp. and Merschman Seeds. After introductions, Erin Hodgson, professor of entomology and extension entomologist at Iowa State University, provided an update on the soybean gall midge and the research being conducted by entomologists in the Midwest.

The largest portion of the meeting was presentations to the IAC by five ISU faculty describing their research ideas for consideration for funding by the center:

Thomas Baum "Mechanisms of defense suppression by soybean cyst nematode effectors," @$58,000 per year for 2 years = Total $116,000

Leonor Leandro "Time of disease onset as an early indicator of soybean resistance to SDS" @$20,000 per year for 2 years = Total $40,000

Matt O’Neal "Identifying insecticide-resistance in soybean aphids with molecular markers" @$46,000 per year for 2-3 years (funds would complement and expand USDA NIFA-funded project on the same topic) = Total $92,000 – $138,000

Lie Tang "In-field soybean seed pod analysis on harvest stocks using 3D imaging and machine learning" @$50,000 per year for 2 years = Total $100,000

Lie Tang & Steve Whitham "Effects of CO2 on soybean responses to pathogens in the Enviratron" @$71,000 per year for 2 years = Total $142,000

Following the presentations, there was a lengthy discussion among the IAC members about the merits and relevance of each of the five research ideas presented. All five of the research ideas were identified as having relevance and merit for financial support, but three of the projects were recommended as those with the highest priority for funding by the center.

The final decision about which research projects to fund are made by the ISRC Management Team, which comprises the CALS Dean Dan Robison, department chairs Gwyn Beattie, Kendall Lamkey, and Steve Mickelson, ISRC director Greg Tylka and ISA senior director of research Ed Anderson. The Team convened the week after the Industry Advisory Council meeting. They discussed how well the Council members expressed and articulated their reasons for supporting each research project. In the end, the Management Team supported funding projects led by Lie Tang, Thomas Baum, and Leonor Leandro costing a total of $256,000 over two years.

The ISRC exceeded $1 million of support for soybean research. This would not have been possible without the financial support of our partners, the Iowa Soybean Association, AMVAC, BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM, Merschman Seeds and Syngenta. Thank you for helping us reach this milestone.

Felix Fritschi, interim director of the Missouri Soybean Center at the University of Missouri, and Greg Luce with the Missouri Soybean Association reached out to the ISRC for a meeting discussion that took place via ZOOM in mid-December. Participants included the Missouri Soybean Center’s steering committee members, Felix Fritschi, Greg Luce, and the ISRC staff of Greg Tylka, Jill Cornelis, and Kara Berg. After preliminary introductions and explanations of each center’s focus, the meeting turned to possible collaborations between the two centers. One idea that rose to the top is a one-day Field Tour in which the ISRC will host a group of graduate students, postdocs, research staff, and/or faculty from the University of Missouri for a one-day visit to select agri-businesses in Iowa. Early discussions for a fall 2021 Field Tour are underway.

The Soybean Centers Coordination Group made up of soybean centers and their state QSSB’s from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri, are making plans to continue working together enhancing soy research communications, coordination, education, training, and partnerships. You will recall that OSU Soybean Center director Katy Rainey led a joint proposal on plant-based protein that came from the Soybean Centers Coordination Group meeting in late 2019. The United Soybean Board (USB) awarded Rainey and co-PIs funding for the project in 2020. Ed Anderson is leading the charge in 2021 for a collaborative pre-proposal to USB from this group.

Jill Cornelis, ISRC’s program coordinator, and Dr. Leonor Leandro, ISU faculty member of the Plant Pathology and Microbiology department arranged a February 2021 ZOOM meeting including plant pathology and microbiology graduate students, research staff and faculty from ISU, North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota all working on Fusarium research. Dr. Leandro periodically hosts these meetings with the purpose of sharing current research happening within the Fusarium community. The meetings also provide opportunities for graduate students and postdocs to develop their presentation and communication skills, as well as, developing collaborations among colleagues to work together on future projects.

The ISRC offers assistance for meeting opportunities like training workshops and events to all of our partners. Jill Cornelis has been working with Dean Grossnickle, Syngenta, over the past few years coordinating his 2-day spring training workshop for his local agronomy team. The pandemic has made workshops like this challenging to host in person; however, there are options available where these training workshops can take place on campus. Jill Cornelis connected Dean and his team with the ISU Field Extension Education Lab (FEEL) facility where they can safely host their spring workshop this March.

Since 2017, the ISRC has hosted Field Tour events inviting ISU research scientists and graduate students on one- and two-day visits of various agri-businesses. The ISRC placed a hold on their Field Tour events in 2020 because of the university’s travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Thinking “outside the box”, the ISRC staff is working on a Virtual Field Tour option with Corteva Agriscience in Johnston. We are coordinating an ISU team to host a live-broadcasted and videotaped tour. The live webinar will allow participants to engage remotely and be able to ask questions by texting or tweeting messages in real time to the tour’s host. For those unable to participate in the live webinar, the video will be viewable later from the ISRC’s website with permissions from Corteva Agriscience.

The ISRC staff looks forward to hosting the Iowa Soybean Association board members and staff to campus for fun educational events. We are exploring ideas for a future ISA Board event, once the pandemic is behind us.

Final Project Results

Updated October 18, 2021:
The center received a 1-year extension on the use of these FY2020 funds due to the COVID pandemic and its effects on hiring and other aspects of conducting research at ISU. Therefore, below is a listing of the Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC) activities from April through September 2021.

The ISRC now has 11 industry partners. Our newest partners include UPL and Innvictis/Simplot. UPL NA, Inc. produces agricultural chemicals specializing in herbicides, insecticides, bactericides, fungicides, fumigants, and harvest aid, and pest management services. Innvictis/Simplot is a manufacturer and retailer of seed treatments and other agricultural products. We welcome both UPL and Innvictis/Simplot to the center’s partnership team.

A staff retreat for the ISRC was held at Reiman Garden’s Speer Room on June 24. Participating in the retreat were Greg Tylka, Jill Cornelis, Kara Berg, Steve May and Ed Anderson. At the meeting, attendees:
• Discussed other partnership considerations outside our realm of soybean production – exploring opportunities to connect with different areas of the industry. Ex. Cargill
• Reviewed of the center’s website – discussed changes made on the current site to enhance the way users search for information.
• Outlined the Industry Advisory Council meeting agenda and reviewed the research summaries submitted by ISU soybean researchers for funding consideration by the council – decided on presenters, etc.
• Reviewed ISRC Operating Guidelines including policies for ISRC-supported research – it was the first time the center’s operating guidelines have been reviewed since its inception in 2014.

The NC-1197: Practical Management of Nematodes on Corn, Soybeans and Other Crops of Regional Importance group met this year at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa on July 22-23. The meeting was hosted by the Iowa Soybean Research Center. The multi-state group is made up of university members from Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Indiana, and Alabama, plus an administrative advisor and two USDA-NIFA representatives. It was a hybrid meeting with 11 representatives joining in-person and 4 participating via a ZOOM connection. Kaitlyn Bissonnette, University of Missouri, organized the meeting’s agenda that included a welcome from Ed Anderson, representing NCSRP, updates from each of the USDA-NIFA representatives, the NC-1197 administrative advisor, and state reports from each state representative.

Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy and extension cropping systems specialist at ISU, reached out to the ISRC for assistance in organizing and hosting an Ag Media Meet & Greet on August 6 at the ISU Field Education Extension Laboratory (FEEL) in Boone, Iowa. This was an opportunity for agriculture reporters to meet and make connections with ISU crop extension specialists when expert information is needed. Several of the reporters conducted on-the-spot interviews at FEEL after the event concluded.

After much anticipation, the ISRC’s inaugural SoyFest took place on ISU’s campus on August 25, 2021. The focus of SoyFest is to educate ISU undergraduate students about the importance of soybean to Iowa and the many different uses of soybean. The event had a festival feel with tents, games, soy-related food samples, robotic demonstrations, a photo booth, potted soybean plants, and the like. The day was hot, but students lined up to participate in the fun. Special appearances included President Wintersteen, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Robison, ISA’s District 5 Farmer Board member Morey Hill, and Cy.

The ISRC hosted a Meals from the Heartland (MFTH) packaging event as a kickoff activity on the eve of SoyFest. Soy protein is a “lifesaving” component in each meal, according to MFTH coordinator, Joel O’Dell. MFTH uses volunteers to help package nutritious meals for those in need both locally and internationally. Our goal of packaging 20,000 healthy meals in two hours with 42 ISU faculty, staff, and student volunteers would provide food security for children in Iowa returning to school. Volunteers had a good time competing with each other to package as many meals as possible in the two hours. The group worked so hard, they exceeded the goal and packaged over 30,000 meals with 10,000 of the meals being shipped to help people in Haiti following a devastating earthquake earlier in the month. We are thankful to our volunteers and grateful to Cargill and Syngenta for sponsoring the cost of the meal packaging ingredients.

The ISRC hosted their annual Industry Advisory Council (IAC) meeting in Ames, Iowa on September 3. As was the case in 2020, this year’s meeting was a hybrid of council members attending the meeting in person and others connecting through ZOOM. The agenda included speakers presenting on existing and new proposed research ideas in the morning and discussions about the IAC's research needs and review of research ideas submitted by ISU soybean researchers in the afternoon. The IAC recommended support of the following research projects for FY22:
1. Liang Dong and Steve Whitham, "Low-cost multimodal sensor arrays for early-detection of soybean diseases."
2. Prashant Jha, "Enhancing implementation and adoption of non-chemical tactics for IWM in soybean."
3. Leonor Leandro, "Time of disease onset as an early indicator of soybean resistance to SDS."
4. Steve Whitham, Lie Tang, and Danny Singh, "Effects of increased atmosheric CO2 and abiotic stress on soybean performance in the Enviratron."

On September 20, the center’s Management Team reviewed the research proposals and the IAC members’ comments and recommendations made at the September 3 IAC meeting. A final decision was made to invest the available funds to support the research as suggested by the IAC.

Upcoming:
The Iowa Soy Convening will be held at Iowa State University on October 27 hosted by the ISRC. The meeting is part of a planning project for increasing demand for soybean in plant-based protein led by Katy Rainey from Purdue University. The center will identify stakeholders to participate in the Iowa Convening who will provide input about how to build market opportunities for soy as the preferred plant protein source.

The Iowa Soybean Research Center works to support and promote all university research, teaching, and extension activities related to soybean biology, breeding, economics, precision agriculture, production and pest management. The ultimate, long-term goal of the center is to advance understanding of soybean plant biology and to increase soybean production and make production more profitable and environmentally sustainable for Iowa farmers in the future. The center accomplishes its goals by leveraging soybean checkoff dollars with funds from its 12 industry partners to support research. The center's funding priorities are set by the center's Industry Advisory Council, which consists of three farmers and a representative from each industry partner. This council also provides feedback on current soybean research needs. In FY2020, three Iowa State University faculty received funding for projects. as follows: 1) Thomas Baum for “Mechanisms of defense suppression by cyst nematode effectors,” 2) Leanor Leandro for "Time of disease onset as an early indicator of soybean resistance to SDS," and Lie Tang for "In-field soybean seed pod analysis on harvest stocks using 3D imaging and machine learning."



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