Wanted: Soybean farmers for yield study
By GARY BROCK
What factors do soybean farmers control that impact their crop yield?
That is one of the questions The Ohio State University wants answered in a new three-year study of soybean crop yield — and they want the help of southern Ohio farmers to take part in the study.
And better yet, the farmers who volunteer will be paid for their efforts.
Dr. Laura Lindsay at OSU Extension told Fayette County farmers at a recent seminar that it is “extremely difficult to estimate soybean yield.”
This year, Ohio State Soybean Performance Trials hopes to learn what can be done to increase soybean yield. And that is where Ohio farmers can help.
Dr. Lindsey says the trials, funded by the Ohio Soybean Council, will look at yield limiting factors in soybeans across Ohio.
She said yield has risen steadily since the 1920s to an average of about 45 bushels an acre today. “What will it take to reach 100 bushels an acre?” she asked, saying that in order to each the 100 bushel mark for soybeans in the next 30 years, the rate must increase 3.3 bushels per acre every year. That’s a tall order.
To learn what factors stand in the way of this, Ohio soybean farmers in nine locations are being asked to take part in the survey. Those chosen will be paid $200 for their contribution to the findings.
In all, more than 200 fields, about 70 each of the next three years, will be examined.
The following are the state districts, the counties in those districts and the number of farmers sought in each of those districts:
- District 10 (Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Henry, Wood, Paulding, Putnam, Hancock, Van Wert, Allen Counties) 10–12 farmers;
- District 20 (Ottawa, Erie, Sandusky, Lorain, Seneca, Huron, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland and Ashland Counties) 10–14 farmers;
- District 30 (Ashtabula, Lake, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Trumbull, Portage, Summit, Medina, Wayne, Mahoning, Stark and Columbiana Counties) 5–10 farmers;
- District 50 (Fayette, Marion, Ross, Morrow, Knox, Union, Delaware, Licking, Franklin, Madison, Fairfield, Pickaway Counties) 5–6 farmers;
- District 60 (Holmes, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Belmont Counties) 2–6 farmers.
- District 70 (Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, Clinton, Hamilton and Clermont Counties) 5–8 farmers;
- District 80 (Highland, Pike, Jackson, Brown, Adams, Scioto, Lawrence and Gallia Counties) 2–6 farmers; and
- District 90 (Muskingum, Guernsey, Noble, Monroe, Perry, Morgan, Washington, Hocking, Athens, Vinton and Meigs Counties) 2–6 farmers.
Those soybean farmers interested should contact Dr. Lindsey’s office at OSU, 614–292-2001 or 614–292-9080, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Gary Brock is editor of ACRES of Southwest Ohio.)