Soybean Research Verification Program - January 2011
[Title Slide - Soybean Research Verification Program. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
[Voice of Steve Kelley, Soybean Verification Research Coordinator. Picture of a group standing in a soybean field listening to a specialists at a field day.]
Soybean research verification program began in 1983. [Map of Arkansas with county outlines showing locations for the 2010 enrollment] This year, in 2010, there are 18 fields enrolled with 18 growers scattered across the state from Missouri to Louisiana, up and down the Delta and as far west as Clark County at Arkadelphia.
[Picture of a researcher in a field with producers. Verify recommendations are profitable.] We try to verify that research-based recommendations will be profitable for a grower on an average field in the state, to provide training and assistance to county agents with limited expertise in soybean production [Picture of a researcher talking to a group at a field day. Assist county agents with soybean production.], and lastly and most of all to help farmers develop production practices that will work for them to be profitable for them [Video showing a combine in a soybean field. Help farmers develop profitable practices].1
[Slide - Picture of a soybean field – 2010 Verification Field; 18 fields; 2 full-season non-irrigated; 2 early-season irrigated; 14 full-season irrigated]. This year, in 2010, we had a total of 18 fields, two of those are what we call full-season, non-irrigated fields. [In] other words, planted in May or June and were irrigated. Two fields were early season, planted in April and were irrigated. Fourteen fields were what we call full-season, planted in May or June and were irrigated.
[Video showing Chris Grimes, Soybean Verification Research Coordinator talking to a group at a field day.] Along with the county agent, the coordinator Chris Grimes and Steve Kelley make weekly field visits with the agent and the cooperator as he’s able to attend and make recommendations based on our findings and thresholds. [Picture of a researcher and a producer in a soybean field. Photo courtesy of The Times Dispatch, Lawrence County, Arkansas.]
[Picture of an irrigated soybean field.] Where we did have irrigation that began on time and was consistently done through the year, we had very good yields. [Picture of a pen, calculator, and a balance sheet.] Following the year, we compiled all our data, economics and submit those to the economists who will compile the data and put that into a written form and have that available online on our website and also in hardcopy form to the agents and the growers and any interested people. [Slide – Soybean Verification Research Program Website.]
[Narrator] Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast is a production of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture and was funded in part by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. For more information about soybean farming in Arkansas, contact your local county Extension office.
[Title slide - For more information contact your local county Extension office. Your Arkansas Soybean Podcast, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board]