Research

The MSR&PC focuses its research on three main objectives: improving yields through genetics, improving agronomic practices and improving pest management.

Each year the MSR&PC funds research that contributes to a steady increase in soybean yields, greater variety availability, improved pest management options and much more. If not for the support of farmers and their checkoff funds, it is unlikely Minnesota would have grown to become one of the nation’s top soybean producing states.

In 2017, MSR&PC invested in 24 major production research projects.

Checkoff funded research studies

Genetics

Glyphosate resistant waterhemp control through cost effective combinations of pre-emergent and early post-emergent residual herbicide applications in soybean.

Andrew Lueck / Monsanto / 2018

Glyphosate resistant waterhemp is a widespread problem throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. First confirmed in Minnesota in 2007, waterhemp is known to be more difficult to control compared to most weed species; additionally, misapplication and overuse of post-emergent herbicides has led to selection pressure in waterhemp populations

Known glyphosate resistant bio-types in counties in southwest Minnesota continue to prevail through post-emergence herbicide programs. In a down farm economy, every little bit helps, and economical applications will provide the greatest value added to the grower.

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Other Agronomy

Refocusing attention on the most yield limiting pathogen of soybeans

Angie Peltier, Phillip Glogoza, Jared Goplen and Seth Naeve and Sam Markell / University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension / 2018

What causes an estimated 90,000,000 bushel yield loss of soybean in the North Central U.S. each year? What can cause an eye-popping 30 percent yield loss without above-ground symptoms? What can move any way that soil moves? What can invade a soybean plant and cause more severe brown stem rot and sudden death syndrome symptoms?

The answer to each question is the same: the soybean cyst nematode (SCN).

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Regional soybean study on integrated white mold management.

Damon Smith, Dean Malvick, Daren Mueller, Shawn Conley and Mehdi Kabbage / University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, University of Iowa / 2018

Minnesota soybean farmers would be wise to keep a lookout for white mold, one of the state’s leading yield-robbers. White mold is a perennial problem for growers in the upper Midwest; once it has occurred in a field, it becomes nearly impossible to eradicate.

A team of leading Midwest researchers is positing that a holistic approach combined with a host of management strategies, is the right direction to take in the battle against white hold.

Damon Smith, one of the authors of this research project, helped create a smartphone app designed to help farmers predict the need for a fungicide application to control white mold in soybean.

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Pest Management

The Minnesota Challenge: Interactions between SCN and IDC

Seth Naeve and Austin Dobbels / University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota / 2018

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) and iron deficiency chlorosis have become dual thorns in Minnesota soybean growers’ side. SCN has been a plague on soybeans since the 1950s, reducing United States soybean producers’ yearly returns by an estimated $500 million.

Soybean iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) can be found throughout Minnesota. Symptoms usually first appear on the youngest of the uppermost leaves. It is a complex plant disorder often associated with high pH soils.

Two University of Minnesota researchers are tackling the relationship between SCN and IDC – dubbed the Minnesota Challenge—head-on.

Challenge accepted.

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