The Delaware Soybean Board is seeking proposals to conduct soybean research. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 15.
The board is interested in proposals which address promotion and protection of yield, including genetic improvement as well as research on dealing with herbicide-resistant weeds, disease and pests. The board is interested in information regarding best production practices which allow farmers to continue to responsibly steward their land, as well as proposals related to emerging markets, technology and regulation.
A full list of research priorities, guidelines and an application form are provided on the board's website.
The Delaware Soybean Board consists of nine farmer-directors and the Delaware Department of Agriculture secretary. It is funded through the national soybean checkoff program, which assesses one-half of 1 percent of the net market value of soybeans at the first point of sale. The funds are collected for soybean research, marketing and education projects.
Delaware farmers plant about 180,000 acres of soybeans each year, and the crop generates approximately $60 million in value to the state. Delaware's agricultural industry contributes about $8 billion per year to the Delaware economy.
For more information or to apply, go to www.desoybeans.org.