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Soybean Field Workshop Provides Hands-On, Interactive Education

Posted: July 1, 2013

The first of two workshops being held during the growing season, this workshop discussed soybean stand population counts and identification of early-season insect injury and disease symptoms.
Alicia Spangler, Field and Forage Crops Educator, discusses soybean population counts.

Alicia Spangler, Field and Forage Crops Educator, discusses soybean population counts.

This spring, the Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops Team conducted statewide Soybean Field Workshops to teach crop producers how to evaluate the condition of their soybean stands. A workshop was held locally at Fabin Bros. Farms in Indiana, PA. Early evaluations of soybean fields are critical to achieving successful stands, and the workshop taught the participants how to identify early-season insect injury and disease symptoms. In addition to scouting the fields for pests, the participants also evaluated the stand’s population count.  

Despite the variable weather conditions this spring, the soybean stand evaluated during the workshop was in good condition. The workshop’s interactive format allowed the twenty-three participants to share their successes with one another and discuss how they can implement the information gathered at the workshop onto their own operations. A second workshop will be held at Fabin Bros. Farms later in the growing season to evaluate the stand for late-season pests and discuss factors affecting yield. 

Penn State Extension thanks the Pennsylvania Soybean Board for sponsoring the statewide Soybean Field Workshops.