Database Research Summaries

Database Research Summaries
Soybean Extension Group: Bringing Science to Farmers

group Daren Mueller (Iowa State University, Project Leader), Kiersten Wise and Carl Bradley (University of Kentucky), Martin Chilvers (Michigan State University), Loren Giesler (University of Nebraska), Albert Tenuta (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture), Damon Smith and Shawn Conley (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
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Research Focus

Research is conducted by many entities, not all of which require reports to the end users of the information. Consequently, soybean farmers may not always have the latest information, or research may not be summarized and distributed until the end of a project, leaving a lag in information transfer that can delay its impact on soybean production. Our group bridges the gap between research and Extension to provide farmers and farm advisors with the most up-to-date information on integrated soybean management available each year.


  1. Develop and distribute information on emerging and important soybean diseases
  2. Continue to work with this website, the Soybean Research and Information Network (SRIN), to develop soybean disease content.
  3. Incorporate agronomic and insect pest information into new and existing publications and the SRIN website


  • A Crop Protection Network website was created with updated functionality and resources at Resources include a compilation of social media posts from multiple partners onto one resource, feature articles, an encyclopedia of information on soybean pests and diseases, images for 30 soybean diseases, and a library of crop protection publications.
  • The website also includes sponsor information and directs viewers towards a sponsor webpage. In the first two months, the new website has had over 3,000 publication downloads from its library of PDF resources.
  • Two publications on integrated soybean production issues were released in 2018:

Conley, S., Bradley, C., Chilvers, M., Giesler, L., Mueller, D., Sikora, E., Smith, D., Tenuta, A., Tilmon, K., and Wise, K. 2018. Considerations for selecting soybean varieties. Crop Protection Network: CPN 4004.

Wise, K., Bradley, C., Chilvers, M., Conley, S., Faske, T., Giesler, L., Mueller, D., Sikora, E., Smith, D., Tenuta, A., and Tilmon, K. 2018. Factors to consider before using a soybean seed treatment. Crop Protection Network: CPN 4003.


This project has a direct benefit to soybean farmers by providing current and timely Extension material to aid in the identification and management of emerging soybean diseases, and to fill the gaps in pest and disease topics which currently lack Extension information.

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

Funded in part by the soybean checkoff.