Delivering the Soybean Best Management Practices that Maximize Profitability
Sustainable Production
GeneticsGenomicsSeed quality
Parent Project:
This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Rachel Vann, North Carolina State University
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Brief Project Summary:
This project focuses on delivering soybean best management practices that maximize profitability through conducting collaborative research that drives Science for Success recommendations and evaluating foliar products (fungicides, fertilizers, and desiccants) to understand their impact on protecting yield and seed quality under optimal production scenarios in diverse environments across North Carolina.
Key Beneficiaries:
#agronomists, #extension agents, #farmers
Unique Keywords:
#best management practices, #science for success, #soil fertility
Information And Results
Project Summary

The NC State Soybean Extension program seeks to provide data-driven best management practice recommendations to soybean stakeholders in the state. To deliver these best management practices, a two-fold approach will be deployed that focuses on 1. collaborative research conducted across the United States; the backbone of the USB-supported Science for Success project and 2. North Carolina centric research that address high-priority areas identified in the NC Soybean Producers Association 2023 RFP.
First, to collaboratively deliver soybean best management practices, the Science for Success team, comprised of University-based Soybean Extension Specialists across the US, will conduct common-themed research protocols to amplify our resources and deliver robust soybean best management recommendations to growers across the nation. The USB-supported outreach group leverages QSSB funding at the local level to generate best management practice recommendations of national relevance. This allows researchers to quickly capture a range of yield and environmental variability (i.e. 50 sites of data/year nationally versus 4 sites data/year locally) when determining production practice impact on soybean profitability. The continued success of the Science for Success project, led by NC State University, is contingent on the support of QSSB-funding for localized research efforts. This proposal seeks to request continued support from the NC Soybean Producers Association for collaborative research efforts with focuses for 2023 on biological seed treatments and harvest timing and desiccant interactions with yield, seed quality, seed composition, and profitability. These collaborative research trials will be deployed at 3-4 sites across North Carolina and 30-50 sites across the US annually.
Second, the proposed research will investigate foliar products, including foliar fungicides, foliar fertilizers, and desiccants, which play a role in maximizing profit in North Carolina soybeans, particularly in high-yield situations where soybeans are planted before mid-May with a MG=5 variety. These trials will be employed in 3-4 locations across North Carolina annually and production practices within each location will be determined using data generated by the NC State Soybean Extension program from 2019-2022 on optimal planting dates and maturity groups to maximize yield in North Carolina.

Project Objectives

This proposal focuses on delivering Soybean Best Management Practices that maximize profitability through:
1. Conducting the QSSB-supported collaborative research that drives USB-supported Science for Success recommendations (leverages funding from USB and other QSSBs)
2. Evaluating foliar products (fungicides, fertilizers, and desiccants) to understand their impact on protecting yield and seed quality under optimal production scenarios in diverse environments across North Carolina (leverages funding from private industry)

Project Deliverables

Expected end products include, but are not limited to:
Improved ability to answer questions from Agents and growers in North Carolina on various production practices and their impact on profitability
Development of both North Carolina specific and national Extension publications
National webinars on Best Management Practice Recommendations
Grower meeting presentations
Field day presentations
High quality videos
Electronic media updates
Contributions to the NC Soybean Production Guide
Peer-reviewed extension publications
Academic publication in a high-impact journal

Progress Of Work

Final Project Results

Benefit To Soybean Farmers

The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.