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Production Research

VSB allocates nearly 50 percent of its operating budget each year to production research. Learn about these dollars in action through the Virginia Soybean Update.

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2012 VSB-Funded Production Research

On-Farm Investigating and Evaluation of Soybean Production Strategies for 2012
David Moore, Middlesex County extension agent and team of extension agents requested $13,697 to provide research-based evaluations of strategies used to improve soybean production efficiency. This will include the continuation of a road survey of continuous no-till cropping systems and soybean variety testing at multiple locations. Investigators will also sample for nematodes and evaluate the performance of starter fertilizers and micronutrients as well as seed treatments for the control of soybean cyst nematodes.

Manganese and Potassium Fertility for Soybean Production in Virginia
Dr. Mark Reiter assistant professor of nutrient and soils management at the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center requested $10,041 to continue his study of the yield response of manganese applications in glyphosate resistant soybeans. The research objectives include determining application, timing rates and tank mix strategies. Reiter plans to develop new manganese sufficiency ranges for Virginia glyphosate resistant soybean varieties.

Weed Management Studies in Roundup Ready and Non-Roundup Ready Soybeans
Dr. Henry Wilson, Virginia Tech weed scientist requested $15,000 for develop weed control programs in soybeans which reduce glyphosate applications while maintaining weed control. The purpose of this research is to slow the development of resistant weed species to glyphosate. Goals for the study include determining the value of 2, 4-D and dicamba in soybean production programs. The populations of pokeweed and Palmer amaranth will also be examined.

Distribution of Soybeans: an A to Z book by Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC)
AITC Executive Director Ms. Karen Davis requested $7,000 to purchase 1,000 copies of books for young readers about soybean production and usage. Books will be distributed to pre-service teachers and teachers in grade levels Pre-Kindergarten through fifth throughout the 2012-2013 program year.

Educational program- Virginia Tech Crops Judging Team
Dr. Ozzie Abaye, associate professor in the Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences department at Virginia Tech requested $2,500 to support the Virginia Tech crops judging team. As advisor of the team, Abaye instructs team members in seed analysis, plant and seed identification and commercial grain grading. Last year’s team placed fifth in the national judging contests in Kansas City and Chicago.

Breeding Soybean Varieties Adapted to Virginia
Dr. Thomas Thompson, Virginia Tech Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences Department Head requested $35,217 to develop soybean varieties adapted to Virginia. Thompson will serve as project leader until a soybean breeder is hired. The project objective is to develop soybean varieties that are high-yielding, herbicide tolerant and nematode resistant. Researchers will also strive to produce varieties that possess economically valuable traits and lower the cost of production.

Hiring a New Soybean Breeder for Virginia Tech
To secure funds to enable Virginia Tech to attract a high-quality soybean breeder, Dr. Thomas Thompson requested $56,801 from the Virginia Soybean Board. These funds will also enable the breeder to begin building a successful program. Research will be conducted on the Virginia Tech campus, Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center and Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Kentland Farm.

Physiology of Soybean Yield and Variety Advancement in Virginia Cropping Systems
Ms. Maria Balota, assistant professor of crop physiology at the Tidewater Agricultural and Extension Center requested $20,000 to determine the physiological mechanisms that contribute to yield and variety improvement. By identifying these characteristics, researchers will have data necessary to develop high yielding varieties with stress-adaptive traits for full and double crop soybeans.

FFA Agronomy Career Development Event
Mr. Andy Seibel, Virginia FFA Specialist requested $3550 to fund the Virginia FFA Agronomy Career Development Event winner to attend the regional and national contests. Funding from the Virginia Soybean Board will also be used for recognition of the Virginia Fiber and Oil Crop Production proficiency award winners. Virginia FFA’s agronomy team from Nelson Middle School placed 7th in the national contest.

Soybean Research Support
Mr. Bob Pitman, supervisor of the Eastern Virginia Agricultural and Extension Center requested $6006 to provide technical support for soybean research program. The collection of information such as flowering date, disease and lodging scores, height, maturity date and yield and test weights requires additional manpower. This undergraduate internship allows for time sensitive information to be collected in a timely manner.

Statewide Monitoring and Management of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Kudzu Bug in Soybean
Dr. Ames Herbert, Virginia Tech entomologist requested $15,000 to conduct a statewide soybean monitoring program for the kudzu bug and the brown marmorated stink bug. Funds will also be used to continue evaluating management practices on soybean growers’ fields.

Development of Grower-Advisory Models for Improving the Efficiency of Foliar Fungicides in Soybeans
Dr. Pat Phipps, Virginia Tech plant pathologist requested $15,400 to conduct research on the profitability of fungicide sprays on soybeans and monitor disease-tracking reports on soybean rust. In addition, the funding will also be used to develop advisory models for fungicide application in control of common foliar diseases and soybean rust.

Use of Genomics to Develop Disease Resistant Soybeans
Dr. M. A. Saghai-Maroof, professor in the Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences department at Virginia Tech requested $11,000 to continue research to develop disease-resistant and high-yielding soybean cultivars adapted to Virginia’s unique growing conditions. Objectives for this phase of research include developing easy to use DNA markers for soybean virus resistance genes and initiating a marker-assisted selection program aimed at gene stacking for resistance to soybean virus and Phytophthora root rot diseases.

Intensive Soybean Production Systems
Dr. David Holshouser, Virginia Tech extension soybean specialist requested $55,039 to conduct research to improve soybean yields and enhance the support system for Virginia soybean producers through improved communication. Specific goals for the project include researching growth and yield response to starter fertilizer, fungicides and other seed and plant technologies.

Virginia Soybean Association- Promotion & Education
Mr. Dick Atkinson, executive director of the Virginia Soybean Association requested $164,748 to promote and educate about Virginia soybeans. Projects include promotion and awareness of biodiesel, providing a soybean operations center, media development and providing educational and leadership training for soybean producers.