Collaboration has been the key to amplifying resources and delivering soybean best management practices in North Carolina and nationally. In this presentation, several examples of effective collaboration resulting in delivery of best management practices will be highlighted. The first will discuss the updated generation of planting best management practices that has resulted from a strong relationship between NC State University and the NC Soybean Producers Association. The next example will highlight a multidisciplinary cover crop project helping to deliver short-term agronomic and pest suppressive benefits for soybean production in NC as a result of cover crop use. The final example will center on the USB-funded Science for Success project which brings together Soybean Extension personnel from across the United States who collaboratively deliver best management practices to U.S. soybean farmers through common research protocol execution across the U.S. and effective summary of previous QSSB-supported research. Best management practices of investigation that will be highlighted will include foliar fertilizers, sulfur fertilization, N-fixation under various fertility regimes, and biological seed treatments. All examples are linked by effective collaboration providing robust best management practices to soybean farmers.
Dr. Rachel Vann provides leadership for the NC State Soybean Extension Program focused on providing soybean stakeholders across North Carolina with agronomic information that will aid in maximizing soybean yields. Additionally Rachel serves as the NC Plant Sciences Initiative Platform Director for Extension, Outreach, and Engagement and the lead PI for the national USB-supported Science for Success project. Rachel grew up in Geneseo, Illinois and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff and membership programs represent more than 43,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and government relations efforts, while the membership program, Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) and the Illinois Soybean Growers PAC actively advocates for positive and impactful legislation for farmers at local, state and national levels. ISA upholds the interests of Illinois soybean farmers through promotion, advocacy, research and education with the vision of becoming a trusted partner of Illinois soybean farmers to ensure their profitability now and for future generations.