The Iowa Soybean Research Center hosted its inaugural SoyFest on August 25, 2021. This fun and educational event was held on ISU’s central campus to coincide with August as "Soybean Month" in Iowa and the start of fall semester. Activities included a free cookout featuring soy veggie and pork burgers, soy-related snacks, robotic demonstrations, giveaways, games and a photo booth. The ISU Creamery created a tasty new ice cream flavor that was a hit with students called “SoyFest” which featured chocolate custard ice cream with soymilk and dark-chocolate-covered roasted soybeans. Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of Agricuture and Life Sciences Dan Robison and CY all made appearances at the event.
Anna Drendel, a junior in agronomy, spent her summer working with BASF as a Sales and Marketing Development Intern in Northern Louisiana.
"As an intern, my main role was to complete a capstone project that I later would present," said Anna. "I also collected data throughout the summer on various research plots while also exploring different career options through BASF and shadowing various employees in the field."
Corteva has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Corteva will have a seat on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides recommendations on research priorities.
“It is wonderful to welcome Corteva as an industry partner with the center. We greatly appreciate their support of the center and our research activities,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State.
“As a long-time industry leader in soybean production research, they will provide valuable perspective and advice to the center and its activities,” said Tylka.
New research published this week identifies the genomic features that might have made domestication possible for corn and soybeans, two of the world’s most critical crop species.
The research, published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed academic journal Genome Biology, has implications for how scientists understand domestication, or the process by which humans have been able to breed plants for desirable traits through centuries of cultivation. The researchers drew on vast amounts of data on the genomes of corn and soybeans and compared particular sections of the genomes of wild species and domestic varieties, noting where the genomes diverged most markedly.
Honors students pursue individualized programs designed to enrich their educational experiences. As a part of their program, each Honors student plans, develops and completes an individual project. The results of those efforts were put on display at the Spring 2018 poster presentation of Honors projects held April 25. Participating students from Agronomy included:
Savanah Jones: Stress tolerance gene identification in Arabidopsis
Brittany Kirsch: Performance of a small, field-scale wetland
Samantha Reicks: Sulfur fertility in soybeans
Aimee Schulz: Inbreeding depression in wild maize populations subject to habitat degradation in southwest Mexico
Just like people, plants need nutrients to help them grow. Antonio Mallarino, professor of agronomy, has put together a team of scientists from across the Midwest to better understand how micronutrients aid growth and development of soybeans.
“Micronutrients are nutrients that are essential for crops but are only needed in very small amounts,” says Mallarino. “Those most commonly thought about by farmers are boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc.”
Mallarino led a team of researchers and extension specialists from five universities in reviewing micronutrient research on soybeans in the North Central region. This included over 200 field trials conducted in five states since 2012.
Founded in 1902, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and designated as the official seed-certifying agency in Iowa.