Staying on top of all the latest ag technology, field data and research can be overwhelming. That’s why the Soybean Research & Information Initiative, formerly the Plant Health Initiative, continually provides you with access to expert information and news about soybean pests, diseases, and agronomics. The aim of this check off-funded website is to communicate the on-going progress and current understanding coming from your active and wide-ranging U.S. soybean research programs. Please visit often!

NEWS & TOPICS

2014 Soybean Variety Test Reports Released
Fri, Dec 5, 2014
2014 Soybean Variety Test Reports Released
Variety selection is one of the earliest management decisions farmers make and one of the most important. Fortunately, good information is available to make those decisions. Each year at this time, reports from university and Extension soybean evaluation programs provide you with unbiased comparisons of variety performance. Use these reports together with information from your seed supplier, and your own on-farm comparisons, to select the best adapted and highest yielding varieties for your farm.

Select varieties having stable performance over a range of environmental conditions. Most test reports include two-year or three-year averages. Performance data from a single year or location have a very low predictive value and should not be relied upon for variety selection decisions.

Select a disease resistance package that matches the need for each field. This year, the Wisconsin Soybean Variety Test Results (Table 8) and Michigan Soybean Performance Report (Tables 9-12) include data from fields infested with white mold. Iowa State University evaluates soybean performance in the presence of soybean cyst nematode and releases an annual report. See  SCN-resistant soybean varieties for Iowa 2015.

Go to University and Extension Soybean Variety Trials, at this website, for links to all the 2014 soybean evaluation reports in the north-central region.
New Video Series Reports on Charcoal Rot Research
Sat, Oct 25, 2014
New Video Series Reports on Charcoal Rot Research
Charcoal rot of soybean is a recognized disease in southern U.S. states. More recently, growers and agronomists are noticing an increased incidence of charcoal rot in the north-central region. A multi-state research project, funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program and the United Soybean Board, is underway to determine the effect of charcoal rot on soybean yield, and the best management options for growers in northern states.  Soybean pathologists report on their research in this six-part video series. Watch now
Cover crops and SCN: What’s the connection?
Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Cover crops and SCN: What’s the connection?
By Greg Tylka, Iowa State University
There are two aspects of cover crops that relate to the biology and management of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). The most immediate point of interest is whether the cover crop plants can serve as inadvertent hosts for the nematode. Of greatest concern would be leguminous plants used as cover crops because there are almost 100 different legume species reported to be hosts (support reproduction) of SCN.  Read more
Cover Crops Field Guide for farmers expanded, updated
Wed, Sept 24, 2014
Cover Crops Field Guide for farmers expanded, updated
Farmers interested in planting cover crops to improve soil health now have an updated and expanded resource in the  Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide.

 This is the second edition of the popular pocket-size in-field reference that helps farmers effectively select, grow and use cover crops in their farming systems. The pocket guide is produced by Purdue University and the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Read more
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