North Carolina soybean farmers and their checkoff support projects at North Carolina State University to accomplish important soybean research and extension work. The projects have included work on soybean plant physiology, soybean breeding projects to improve yield, quality and disease resistance, plant population and row spacing / row width experiments to improve yield, nematode and insect pest experiments to develop treatments and protocols, soil science and irrigation projects to improve water availability and nutrient uptake, and a host of other projects.
The board may approve project awards to qualified research contractors based on an annual Request for Proposals and submission of project funding proposals with a complete budget and scope of work.
Checkoff-funded research awards are approved annually by the board of directors. The awards are managed to achieve the best outcomes and technology sharing for North Carolina soybean farmers. The awards are approved contingent on strict reporting & financial accounting requirements. A list of research projects funded for the 2016 season can be found here.
The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is a supporter of the Plant Management Network (PMN) Focus on Soybean, which provides webcasts and searchable resources on soybean production. PMN is a project of the American Society of Agronomy, American Phytopathological Society, and Crop Science Society of America.
A summary of research project results is published each year in the NCSPA’s Research Report, the latest version of which can be found here.