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View the current 2018 NCSRP-funded research projects and progress reports.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Wed - May 16, 2018
At the awards ceremony, Kelley Tilmon, entomologist at Ohio State University and current project leader, described how the group formed as a response to the soybean aphid (Aphis glycines) first detected in the north-central region in the year 2000. At that time the aphid was quickly spreading throughout the region as a truly devastating pest. Thresholds and even biological information were completely lacking and immediate action was needed.  MORE
Wed - May 2, 2018
As part of a regional checkoff-funded soybean seedling disease project, plant pathologists have isolated potential bio-control agents (BCA) from soybean production fields across the Midwest. Researchers in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan have been testing this large collection of microorganisms to determine their ability to protect soybean plants from plant pathogens, particularly those infecting seedlings early in the season.  MORE
Tue - April 10, 2018
Using replicated strip trials across approximate 20 acres per trial, the following soybean production topics were included in the 2017 on-farm trials: soybean population, row spacing, starter fertilizer, foliar plant growth regulator, and in-furrow boron compared to foliar-applied boron.

The most popular research topic in 2017 (and 2016) was soybean population trials. Sixteen soybean population trials were conducted in eight states with populations pushing the extremes on both ends.
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Tue - April 3, 2018
Variety selection is the most important management practice for producers with chlorosis-prone soils. No soybean variety is immune to chlorosis, but large differences occur between the most tolerant and most susceptible varieties.

With checkoff funding provided by the NCSRP, a group of soybean geneticists and plant breeders from four states have identified the genomic regions in soybean associated with IDC tolerance. With this new understanding, they have been able to develop new, highly accurate genetic markers that breeders are now using to select for IDC-tolerant varieties.  MORE