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Soybean research groups expand website

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Soybeans are the main focus of the Soybean Research & Information Network website, which highlights research results from the Midwest. (Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association)

By Carol Brown, ISA environmental communications specialist

A recent collaboration between the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) and the United Soybean Board (USB) has enabled the expansion of an important website for soybean checkoff-funded research and outreach. Recently launched, the improved website showcases all soybean checkoff-funded research and extension work focusing on basic and applied soybean research focused on production agronomics and cropping systems including breeding and disease, insect, weed and abiotic stress management.

The Soybean Research & Information Initiative (SRII) website has been redesigned to enhance farmers’ ability to access soybean checkoff research results. The updated site, now called the Soybean Research and Information Network (SRN), encompasses projects from NCSRP as well as USB and other state and regional soybean associations. It also will continue to serve as the home for research project highlights and resources, linking directly to the original research on the USB national soybean checkoff research database. The website domain name has not changed and can still be found at: soybeanresearchinfo.com.

“This new and improved website is available for farmers, agronomists, extension specialists and researchers — anyone who is looking for answers to soybean technologies and production,” said Ed Anderson, NCSRP executive director. “It is important that farmers are aware there are scientists across the country working on their behalf to improve soybean profitability.”

The website is the outcome of that body of research work. While NCSRP has been supporting the website for many years, recent (FY2019-2020) support from USB has helped to expand the information and formats for communicating important soybean research and extension results.  “Because soybean issues usually are not bounded by state or regional lines — solutions shouldn’t be either,” Anderson said.

In addition to highlights of research reports, publications such as handbooks, guides, fact sheets and more are available for download on the website. Podcasts and videos from researchers in the field are also included and will be added frequently. Those who want to explore projects further can use the links to the USB national research database.

As part of this project, developers also created the SRN Facebook page, where soybean growers can connect with one another and with researchers to discuss concerns and solutions in their region and across the country.

The expanded website project has been funded by soybean checkoff dollars provided through USB and NCSRP.

Contact Carol Brown at cbrown@iasoybeans.com.

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