PA On-Farm Network
An On-Farm Network project, spearheaded by Penn State Extension Educator Del Voight, provides real-life, on-farm production scale data to aid farmers in their ongoing crop management decision-making. Farms throughout Pennsylvania with varying field, equipment and crop conditions contribute to the project’s data. Research is being conducted at 30 different farm locations in 15 counties throughout Pennsylvania.
The On-Farm Network research is conducted in real-world conditions on test plots planted by Pennsylvania farmers on their own farms with their own equipment to see which management practices have an appreciable impact on production.
In 2017, research focused on the following:
Double crop soybean response to lower seeding rate
A second double crop soybean research project will determine if the total number of pods per acre can be increased with lower plant populations.
Soybean response to reduced seeding rates
Some growers have suggested that lower plant stands near 75,000 may actually promote more pod development, reduce the potential for white mold and reduce seed costs, especially with full season soybeans and full season maturity soybeans. This study is designed to validate the population response at the lower end of traditional soybean seeding rates.
Soybean yield response to seed treatment fungicides in full season, early planted environment
Seed-applied fungicides can improve yield and plant stands under some situations. This study is designed to provide additional data on the frequency and magnitude of these responses under Pennsylvania conditions.
Soybean yield response to applications of fungicides and insecticides
The goal of this study is to be able to better estimate economic returns of a combination of fungicide and insecticide applications in relation to disease and insect incidence and damage. Differences between treated and untreated areas with be assessed via satellite imagery.