On-Farm Soybean Network Update

Posted: June 19, 2012

Penn State Extension, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board, has initiated the Pennsylvania Soybean On-Farm Network to evaluate some key production practices and conduct demonstrations on soybean around Pennsylvania.

This is the second year the Network has been evaluating products with the intention of determining potential ways to increase soybean yields. Much of the funding for these field trials is a result of check-off dollars provided by soybean growers.

This year the emphasis is on molybdenum on fields with lower soil pH, biostimulant products applied between growth stages V2 and V6, and two foliar fungicides applied at growth stage R3. All of the products being evaluated compared to untreated checks and will be replicated four times. The moly products to be used are Apron Max RTA plus Moly from Syngenta and MolyPower fromPower Ag. Apron Max RTA plus Moly was applied on the seed at planting and MolyPower was sprayed on the soybeans after emergence. The two biostimulant products are Bio-Forge from Stoller and Ratchet from Novozymes, both of these products are being applied with glyphosate between growth stage V2 and V6. Tentatively the fungicides will be Approach from Dupont and Stratego YLD from Bayer and these will be foliar applied at growth stage R3.

Currently we have 27 different sites participating and evaluating the two molybdenum products and the two growth stimulant products in Dauphin, Berks, Franklin, Lancaster, Montgomery, Schuylkill, Northumberland, Lebanon and York counties. In addition, we are evaluating all of the products at our Southeast Agriculture Research and Extension Center Farm in Manheim as well as a few more popular strategies for increasing soybean yield. At this Penn State location the Third Annual PA Soybean Grower’s Field Day will be held on August 23. This is a free field day for all PA soybean producers that will provide field tours of these evaluations, some commercial exhibits, lunch and plenty of farmer and industry fellowship among the soybean industry.

We are still looking for some sites for the evaluations at R3. If you are a PA soybean producer, and are interested in being a cooperator for the PA On-Farm Soybean Network please contact Dr. Greg Roth at 814–863–1018, Del Voight at 717–821–0699 or John Bray at 717–821–0814 for more information. This program is in its initial years of development and hopefully will continue to gain producer and industry support. A web page will be developed in the near future so producers will have quick access for demonstration results. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions contact Dr. Roth, Del Voight or myself. Let’s work together to grow this program to make it a model for on farm assessment of production tactics.

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