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Soybean Test Plots and Pest Monitoring Continue in Northern Tier

Posted: June 13, 2014

Penn State dairy and crop educators have secured a grant from the Pennsylvania Soybean Board to continue soybean pest monitoring and to plant specific soybean variety test plots in the Northern Tier counties. These variety tests and pest-monitoring efforts benefit Northern Tier farmers, helping them grow successful, profitable crops.
Tioga County VISTA technician Jim Diederich works with Penn State Extension on soybean plots.

Tioga County VISTA technician Jim Diederich works with Penn State Extension on soybean plots.

District 4 educators J. Craig Williams and Mark Madden are part of this endeavor.

The pest monitoring is part of a statewide project looking at pests affecting Pennsylvania soybean crops and evaluating an early warning system to forecast pest outbreaks. Thirteen counties across the Northern Tier are collaborating with Dr. John Tooker, Penn State associate professor of entomology, on the soybean pest-monitoring project.

Although the wet weather has affected all the farmers as well as the planting of these variety plots, the project is expected to identify practices that benefit soybean production in the Northern Tier counties. We are planting seven varieties on five farmer fields.