Soybean extension specialists from across the U.S., including ISRC affiliate Mark Licht, agronomy, Iowa State, have been working together on the Science for Success initiative. The initiative, which receives checkoff funding, focuses on leveraging local expertise to provide national soybean “best management practices.”
Their website provides lots of information on Soybean Cultural Practices from videos, fact sheets, record webinars, and related resources. The Science for Success videos cover "Best Practices", "Soybean Planting Date", "Determining the Optimal Seeding Rate," and "Row Spacing." In the Science for Success Webinar, Soybean Extension Specialists discuss soybean planting considerations and focus on topics including soybean planting date, row spacing, and seeding rates.
Ryan Millikin is spending his summer interning with Dr. Mark Licht on campus in the Department of Agronomy. Ryan will be a senior this fall and is a transfer student from Hawkeye Community College.
Ryan explains that Mark has many projects for him to work on during this summer and there are also several graduate students working alongside him as well.
"Earlier this spring we focused on rye biomass. We would take biomass samples, put them in the dryer for 5-7 days, and then record biomass weights. After that, we out the samples through a grinder to later be sent away for nitrate analysis," said Ryan.