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2016 Production Research
On-Farm Investigation and Evaluation of Soybean Production Strategies for 2015 -Mr. David Moore requested and was granted$10,250.00 to assist Virginia's soybean producers with investigation and troubleshooting of problems in soybeans and the limitations associated with them, and also, to provide research-based local evaluations of control strategies used to improve production efficiency. Varieties will be tested in various locations to help determine top yielding varieties for each test location and to present an overall comparison. Management strategies will be developed, implemented, and tested on producer farms and their focus will be to optimize production and maximize economic yields while minimizing negative environmental effects. Optimal Fertility for High-Yielding Soybean Production in Virginia - Dr. Mark. S. Reiter requested and was granted $22,169 to assist producers with management decisions regarding sulfur and potassium deficiencies and yield responses as they relate to high yielding soybeans. Objectives include determination if current potassium recommendations for double crop soybeans are impeding yield. Determine sulfur management needs for soybeans in high yielding systems. Disseminate research information to farmers to integrate into their production systems. Tactics for Avoiding PPO-Resistant Palmer Amaranth and Common Ragweed in Virginia - Dr. Charles W. Cahoon requested and was granted $19,000.00 to evaluate residual herbicide programs that will limit selection pressure by the PPO-inhibiting herbicides. To evaluate weed control by herbicide programs that include two, one or zero PPO-inhibiting herbicides. Validation, Optimization and Deployment of Fungicide advisories for Soybeans - Dr. Hillary Mehl requested and was granted $26,116 to validate and optimize a weather-based disease advisory for foliar fungicide application in soybean and to survey soybean fields for fungicide resistant pathogens and quantify frequencies and distribution of fungicide resistant frogeye leaf spot. Soybean Research Support - Bob Pittman requested and was granted$7,250 to provide technical support for soybean research programs so that time sensitive and important information such as flowering date, disease and lodging scores, height, maturity date, yield and test weight can be collected in a timely manner. Other tasks may include planting of plots, tissue sampling, hand harvesting, machine harvesting and sample data collection after harvest. To provide an opportunity for an undergraduate college student to gain first hand agronomic experience working in crop research programs in the coastal plain of Virginia. Increase Seed Yield By Decreasing Aborted Seed Production in Virginia Soybeans - Dr. Anne Alerding requested $30,413 to measure lignocellulose at the start and end of pod filling in four Virginia soybean cultivars. To also quantify relationships between lignocellulose investment in stems and aborted pod production. Breeding Conventional Soybeans with High Yield and Improved Quality for Virginia - Dr. Guo-Liang Jiang requested $27,753 to identify and develop high yielding and good quality conventional soybean lines/varieties which will be adapted and complimentary to Virginia soybean industry and help further genetic improvement of soybeans.
2016 Virginia Soybean Yield Contest
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Virginia Soybean Yield Contest is to emphasize and demonstrate the practices necessary to produce maximum economic yields, to recognize those producers who grow high-yielding soybeans, and to gather data on the practices utilized by these outstanding producers.
CONTEST SPONSORS: The Virginia Soybean Association in cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension sponsors this program.
CONTESTS: There are four Soybean Yield Contest categories: 1) Full-Season, Non-irrigated; 2) Double-Crop, Non-irrigated; and 3) Irrigated (Full-Season or Double-Crop; and 4) Most Efficient. A full-season system is defined as the grain or seed harvest of one summer crop (soybean in this case) from the same field in one year. Double-crop is defined as planting soybean immediately following grain harvest of barley or wheat; thus harvesting two crops from the same field in the same year. If soybeans are planted after a cover, silage, or hay crop of small grain, then the entry will be considered full-season. If field has been irrigated one or more times, the entry will be considered an irrigated field and the will be placed into the irrigated contest. Yield alone (bushels/acre) determines the winners in the first three categories.
MOST EFFICIENT YIELD (MEY) CONTEST: The goal of this contest category is to emphasize practices associated with efficient and profitable soybean production and to gather data on the practices utilized by top producers. It will compare cost of production (cost to grow a bushel of soybean) instead of yield. All full-season and double-crop contest entries will be automatically entered into the MEY Contest. Information needed for this contest is included on the forms. Be sure to completely fill out the forms in detail so that all costs of production are estimated properly. No one will see the details of a participant’s production costs except David Holshouser and the producer. However, the participant’s overall cost of production ($/Bu) and an enterprise budget for the “average participant” (average of all entries) will be shared. In addition, a spreadsheet containing production costs for various inputs of all entries (ranked from lowest to highest so no one can tell who’s production costs is whose) will be shared only with participants. More details on this contest category and how costs of production are calculated can be found in the Most Efficient Yield Contest section.
ELIGIBILITY: Any grower (owner-operator, tenant, or tenant-landlord team) who is a member of the Virginia Soybean Association and produces 10 acres or more of soybeans within Virginia’s boundaries is eligible. Participants may enter one, two, or all contests. A grower may submit more than one entry per category, but will only be eligible for one award in each contest category. There are no restrictions on cultural or management practices used. There is no charge for participating in the contest.
FIELD AND YIELD MEASUREMENTS: Please contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office if you wish to enter the contest. The Extension Agent or his/her designated representative (agricultural education instructor, private crop consultant, certified crop advisor, cooperative extension staff, or Virginia Tech/Virginia State University agricultural staff) shall measure the test area, be present when test area is harvested, supervise weighing on state-inspected scales or approved weigh wagon, and sign the Certification of Yield form. If no extension agent exists in the county or neighboring counties, contestants may contact David Holshouser and he can arrange for a qualified representative to collect measurements.
Three or more acres in one block (e.g., 209 ft. x 627 ft. = 3 acres) from a field of at least 10 acres within the physical boundaries of Virginia shall be selected and harvested by the grower. The field or portion of the field entered must be one contiguous area and composed of one or more three- or four-sided figures, with all sides being straight lines. All sides must be measured to the nearest inch or 1/10 of a foot. At least 2 adjacent sides must be 100 feet in length. For convenience, the test area may be measured after it has been harvested. GPS-measured acreage will not be accepted.
In measuring, plot width should be measured from the first harvested row on the left to the first unharvested row on the right. The length of each measured row will include half the distance between the first plant harvested and the last plant not harvested. Measurements are to be made by a County Extension Agent or his/her designated representative.
The Extension Agent or designated representative shall arrange for official sampling, grading, and moisture determination of the harvested soybeans. If the harvested soybeans are to be placed in farmer-owned storage, the Extension Agent or designated representative shall then obtain an official sample for grading and moisture determination according to federal grading standards (i.e. a local grain buying station). Moisture content shall be obtained on a state approved moisture meter from the sample drawn for this purpose as stated above. To qualify for an award, the sample may not exceed 3% damaged beans as defined by federal grading standards. This rule will be waived only under extreme weather conditions existing over the entire region or state. Yields will be calculated in the basis of 13% moisture. All foreign material in excess of 1% will be deducted from the gross weight.
SUMMARY OF PRODUCTION PRACTICES: Applicants must complete the Summary of Production Practices form. Provide as much information as possible. This information will be used to identify information on practices associated with high yields and efficient soybean production. Grower-specific information, such as cost of production, will not be shared.
DEADLINES: Notice of intent to participate must be submitted to your county/city Extension Agent’s office 5 days before harvest or in an acceptable time frame for your Extension Agent. Extension Agents shall maintain the original set of record sheets and applications of all participants and send a copy to Dr. David L. Holshouser, Extension Agronomist, Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 6321 Holland Rd, Suffolk, VA 23437 by Dec. 31. Upon receipt of applications by David Holshouser, the grower and agent will be notified in writing that the application has been received. If notification has not been received within 1 week after submission, please contact Dr. Holshouser.
AWARDS: First, second, and third place winners of the full-season, double-crop, and irrigated contest will be recognized with appropriate trophies or plaques. In addition, cash awards of $200, $100, and $50 will be presented to the first, second, and third place winners in each categories. The winner of the MEY contest will receive a plaque declaring him or her the most efficient soybean producer in Virginia for that year.
Contestants who produce in excess of 80, 90, 100, or 110 bushels per acre for the first time from a plot officially entered and measured in the contest will be inducted into the appropriate club. New inductees will receive an engraved plaque giving him membership in the 80-, 90-, 100-, or 110-Bushel Club. Only one plaque for each category will be awarded per contestant per lifetime.
Results of the contest will be announced at the annual Virginia Grains and Soybean Association’s Winter Conference to be held in February. Winners will be notified in advance in order to insure recognition at the Conference. Seedsmen will also be contacted in advance so they may also be present.
The Virginia Crop Improvement Association will give $500 to the 1st place winner if the producer purchased and planted Virginia certified seed and has proof of purchase (invoice or seed tag). Cash awards from several seed companies may be given to top producers.
PUBLICITY: The production practices used by participants who produce 80 bushels or more per acre will be publicized at the time county and state winners are acclaimed. Results of these demonstrations and contests will provide excellent news material. Participants complete all required record forms provided with the application, and meet all other requirements as herein stated to become eligible for awards.
INPUT PRICES TO BE USED IN THE VIRGINIA MOST EFFICIENT YIELD CONTEST: The goal of the Virginia MEY Contest is to emphasize those practices associated with efficient and profitable soybean production and to gather data on the practices utilized by top producers. With such a contest, there would be no need for a separate full-season, double-crop, or contests. The highest yield will not necessarily be the most efficient yield. A double-crop system could win the contest with less yield but lower cost of production. Likewise, irrigated soybean may not win due to high yields if production costs are also high. Below is more information regarding input price calculations:
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