Through the soy checkoff, Pennsylvania soybean farmers invest in important research projects. Providing farmers with cutting-edge research they can use to better manage their crops is one of the most important ways the Pennsylvania Soybean Board (PSB) serves the state’s farmers.
The farmer-driven board reviews research proposals from university and industry research scientists and extension specialists from throughout the state. All funded projects intend to further the development of the soybean industry and must show a benefit to soybean farmers.
Following hay and corn, soybeans are the third most valuable crop to the economy of Pennsylvania. To maximize profits from soybean production, farmers need to manage pests. Pests can interfere with crop productivity, and pest management costs, particularly unnecessary costs, can erode profits. While pests can colonize every acre of soybeans in Pennsylvania, they do not invade every field annually. The purpose of this publication is to provide details of an IPM program that can effectively control weeds, diseases, and invertebrate pests typical of Pennsylvania soybean fields, while minimizing input costs.
Pennsylvania’s On-Farm Network
The On-Farm Network project provide 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 projects data.