Support for Technician Position with the Kentucky Soybean Variety Test Program for Evaluation of Soybean Performance in Kentucky and Implementation of an Open Access Database

  • Venard, Claire (PI)

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The goal is to characterize the impact of local environment on soybean development and performance. Environmental conditions affect soybean performance in term of yield and seed quality. In this project, we propose to monitor environmental conditions during the soybean growing season at each of the soybean variety performance test site. The data will be gathered from the same sites where the Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Tests are conducted. Growth and reproductive stages in randomly selected soybean varieties in the KY Soybean Variety Performance Tests will be monitored. These sets of data will be collected from soybean production farms as well as research experimental farms, with a total of 8 independent locations in all major soybean production areas in Kentucky. The data generated in this project will be used to build an online open access database. This database will constitute an unbiased and open access source of information. This information can be used by soybean producers, researchers, and seed breeders. This comprehensive database can be used to develop predictive models for soybean yield, seed quality and economics in Kentucky based on the environmental conditions for each production system and will provide inputs for breeders to develop varieties better adapted to Kentucky environments. The technician working with the KY soybean variety performance test program provides essential support in collecting environmental data, agronomic management of the test sites, and equipment maintenance.
Effective start/end date7/1/196/30/20


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