Database Research Summaries
2018 KY Support for Technician Position with the Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Program

calendar_today Year of Research: 2018
update Posted On: 12/04/2019
group Claire Venard (Principal Investigator, University of Kentucky)
bookmark Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board

Research Focus

The focus of this project is to provide a publication at a time when soybean producers in Kentucky need resources to help them with selecting the best soybean varieties for their production systems.


  • The technician will assist the project leader with planting seed varieties in the tests at all locations, maintaining the plots, and preparing for harvest.
  • Improve the ability of the Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Tests program to increase the number of test sites, to update equipment, to provide better data, and to support research projects.
  • Provide timely, unbiased and independent data to soybean growers to help in selecting the best varieties for their production systems.


  1. In January, soybean varieties were accepted in the 2018 trials. There were 8 test sites selected across Kentucky in February. Soil sampling, seed packaging for planting, pre-plant agronomic management was done in March and April. All sites were planted by June.
  2. Specific activities completed during the testing period: 1) Seed packaging, pre-plant herbicide application and agronomic management at each test site 2) Planting, post-emergence weed control 3) Collecting agronomic data, monitoring for pest issues.


  • The information provided in the bulletin intends to help soybean producers to select the best varieties for their production systems. Seed producers, breeders, scientists, and federal institutions such as USDA can also use the information in the bulletin.
  • Growers can use this information to select varieties that meet their needs for agronomic characteristics.

For more information about this research project, please visit the National Soybean Checkoff Research Database.

Funded in part by the soybean checkoff.