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Soybean Research Program Focuses on Emerging Soybean Diseases

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The North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) recently released an annual report detailing its activities in 2015. Indiana Soybean Alliance is one of 12 state soybean checkoff organizations that support these efforts. Included in the report are research updates on projects focusing on sudden death syndrome, soybean cyst nematode, emerging soybean diseases, iron chlorosis deficiency, multi-state on-farm research, and a look at the future of NCSRP research in addition to comments from multiple state staff, farmers, and researchers.

Kiersten Wise, associate professor of botany and plant pathology and Extension specialist at Purdue University, is featured in the publication for her work with the NSCRP study group focusing on new and emerging soybean diseases. “The purpose of this project is to provide Extension materials on some soybean diseases where information is lacking or outdated and we know we have more current identification information,” said Wise. “We have been charged with providing accessible information in print and electronic formats along with video resources to help farmers identify and better manage these soybean diseases.”

NCSRP is a farmer-led organization that invests checkoff dollars into research with regional implications. Twelve state soybean associations actively participate and fund NCSRP including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Together the member states combine their soybean checkoff dollars to fund research at universities across the region. Results are then shared via the Soybean Research and Information Initiative website (https://www.soybeanresearchinfo.com/) and sent to the various states.

For more information about NCSRP, visit ncsrp.com.