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.
The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association is also a supporter of the national Soybean Research & Information Network which has a website which features soybean research happening across the United States as well as a database of all checkoff funded soybean projects.
A list of projects the NCSPA is funding in 2020 is listed below. 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.