Vanessa KummerIn 2008, soy checkoff farmer-leaders responded to a need to develop more applied research and to get more practical information to soybean farmers nationwide.

One of the soy checkoff-funded projects that resulted, which we’ve affectionately dubbed “The Kitchen Sink Project,” set out to develop an overarching set of practical production recommendations for U.S. soybean farmers to help them in their quest to grow high-quality soybeans.

The project, which ran from 2009-2011, consisted of conducting research in multiple locations across several states to determine the impact of various combinations of inputs and agronomic practices on soybean yield and return on investment.

Scientists conducted the research in six states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and Minnesota – with three locations in each. Researchers used their universities’ recommendations and planted at what was considered the ideal time and season and selected soybean varieties suited for each location. Some plots were planted in no-till environments, while others were planted in conventional-tillage systems. The study used local systems, replicating what farmers in that area would normally do to grow their crop.

This year, a new phase of the project was approved by soy checkoff farmer-leaders. The project expanded to nine states and will utilize what we learned in the initial research, while taking the next steps toward providing the best possible recommendations to U.S. soybean farmers.

We’re confident the results of the initial Kitchen Sink Project contained in this supplement will provide valuable information that you can use to improve your production practices as well as your farm’s profit potential.
–Vanessa Kummer, Colfax, N.D., soybean farmer United Soybean Board Chair