Soybean fields are home to a surprising number of pollinators.

Pollinators and Honey Bees

“Most often pollinators are active in the middle of the day, so earlier in the morning or later in the evening are more friendly times to apply chemicals and reduce the risk to the pollinator insects.” – Dr. Curtis Young, OSU Extension

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Beneficial insects and pest management

“Not all arthropod organisms (insects) are pests. There are beneficial insects, spiders, predatory mites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and nematodes. Each of these has a role in managing and suppressing pest populations in the field.” – Dr. Curtis Young, OSU Extension

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Not just any other day. You are essential!

“The governor’s recognition of agriculture as an essential service should give consumers throughout Ohio peace of mind when it comes to our healthy, safe and affordable food supply.” – Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau.

Lake Erie shoreline in Ohio.

Phosphorus progress in Ohio

“Decreasing long-term STP trends and P balance is good news for Ohio farmers and all Ohioans interested in improving Ohio surface water quality. These results suggest that Ohio farmers are taking steps to manage P inputs and STP. Continued success will result in reduced P runoff and move Ohio closer to achieving water quality targets.” – Libby Dayton, OSU Extension

The Blanchard River Watershed Network conducts in-field research and serves as a conservation resource for farmers in Ohio

Factors that influence nutrient loss

“The big picture is that excess P and N fuel algal blooms and have negative impacts. Excess P and N fertilize the algal blooms which eventually die and decompose stripping oxygen from the water causing hypoxic zones. There are over 400 different hypoxic zones found in the world today.” – Brittany Hanrahan, research biologist with the ARS Soil Drainage Research Unit in Ohio

Optimizing soybean planting decisions

“We set the yield potential of soybeans when we plant them, and then we work the rest of the season to protect that yield potential.” – Manni Singh, Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems from Michigan State University

Soybean Field

Soybean Research Recap

“Foliar fertilizer application on soybeans did not show a statistically significant yield difference.” – Laura Lindsey, OSU Extension Soybean Specialist

The Role of Soil Microbes

By James J. Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health Services Soil microbes are abundant, making nutrients available to plants. There are more soil microbes in a teaspoon …

Cover Crop Termination

Terminating cover crops using the right methods at the right time will be critical to ensure timely planting and prevent the cover crops from competing with cash crops.

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