The Delaware Soybean Board (DSB) has approved funding for eight research projects that aim to increase yields, control weeds, and manage pests for Delaware soybean farmers. These grants, totaling $50,188, are funded through the soybean checkoff program, where farmers collectively invest in research, promotion, and consumer and industry information to benefit all soybean farmers.

“With our investment in these projects, we aim to maximize profitability of First State growers during these challenging and unprecedented times,” says Cory Atkins, Chair of the Delaware Soybean Board. “Facing the rising cost of fuel and crop inputs, we are exploring production practices that will increase efficiency and bottom-lines.”

Projects for 2022 include:

  • Environmental factors promoting natural suppression of slugs in soybean, Dr. Michael Crossley, University of Delaware, $7,500
  • Visualization of Economic Damage Thresholds and Interaction of Nematode Populations following use of Winter Cover Crops, Alyssa Koehler, Ph.D., University of Delaware, $5,818
  • Evaluating Earlier Planting Dates for Increased Soybean Yields, Jarrod O. Miller, Alyssa Koehler, and Cory Whaley, University of Delaware, $5,650
  • Soybean Row Spacing and Planting Rate Effects on Litter Decomposition, Jarrod O. Miller, University of Delaware, $5,513
  • Management of Herbicide Resistance in Palmer Amaranth, Naveen K Dixit, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, $9,536
  • Evaluating Deer Preferences for Soybean Varieties and Soybean Response to Deer Herbivory, Luke Macaulay, James Lewis, and Nicole Fiorellino, University of Maryland, $9,896
  • Cover Crop Selection and Termination Implications for Slugs – Year 2, David Owens, University of Delaware, $3,604
  • Exchangeable Cation Uptake by Irrigated and Rainfed Soybeans, Jarrod O. Miller, Amy Shober, and Jake Jones, University of Delaware, $2,671

Results of previously research funded by the Delaware Soybean Board can be found on DSB’s website,

Delaware farmers plant about 160,000 acres of soybeans annually, producing over seven million bushels of beans and generating approximately $60 million in value to the state. The Delaware Soybean Board consists of nine farmer-directors and the Secretary of Agriculture. Funded through a one-half of one percent assessment on the net market value of soybeans at their first point of sale, the checkoff works with partners in the value chain to identify and capture opportunities that increase farmer profit potential.


For information, contact:

Danielle Bauer Farace
Executive Director
Delaware Soybean Board