After facing weather delays earlier this spring, soybean planting is finally well underway in Mississippi. This also means an application of herbicides to crops for many farmers. The increased number and complexity of herbicides may mean a need for increased care of equipment and possible changes in the type of equipment.
This is just one example of the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) funding research projects to solve soybean farmers’ production challenges. And to help transfer the results of that work to the farmers who can use them, MSPB creates videos about these projects and posts them to its website, www.mssoy.org.
“Especially at this time of year, I know personally that I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read a lengthy research report, but I still want that information” says Bubba Simmons, farmer from Hollandale and a MSPB member. “Now, with the videos, I can take a couple of minutes out of my day and get the information I need for my farming operation.”
The videos allow farmers to hear directly from university researchers and extension staff as they speak about MSPB-funded projects and present useful information to Mississippi soybean farmers.
The videos can be viewed here.
The videos cover a wide variety of topics and production challenges facing Mississippi farmers, such as:
- Sprayer cleanout recommendations following the application of auxin herbicides.
- Testing to determine soybean fertility needs.
- Disease-management and fungicide-application recommendations.
- Phomopsis seed-decay-management strategies.
- An overview of the SMART irrigation program.
- Recommendations on optimal potassium rates for low-nutrient-status soils.
“MSPB invests in numerous production-research projects that we believe will improve the profitability of soybean production in the state,” says Simmons. “But just as investing in the research is important, it is important that soybean farmers know about the results of these projects and how they can benefit them. There’s no better way to hear about those projects than directly from the researchers working on them.”
Other videos feature presentations given at events or meetings, such as the Tri-State Soybean Forum, that contain valuable information for those not able to attend the meetings.