Pay Dirt Blog

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The Delaware Soybean Board is excited to launch our “Pay Dirt” blog, where growers will find insight into topics that are local, timely and helpful in the field. Posts provide quick links to the details farmers need to know.

Have a topic you’d like covered? Contact us and we will make it happen!


  • On the Watch for Pesticide Drift with DriftWatch - Free to both growers and applicators, DriftWatch helps pesticide applicators, specialty crop growers and beekeepers communicate more effectively to protect pesticide-sensitive areas. This new online tool, offered by the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA), aims to protect pesticide-sensitive crops and commodities from pesticide drift. Growers and applicators are encouraged to continue a personal dialogue so […]
  • Six Basics to Protect Water and Improve Soil - For farmer Robbie Emerson, water quality is an ongoing effort that never goes out of season. A  fourth-generation soybean farmer from Middletown, Delaware, Emerson knows the importance of protecting Delaware’s local watersheds. In order to keep nutrients and pesticides from impacting local bodies of water, he implements a variety of management practices throughout the year. […]
  • Prevent and Protect – best practices for controlling pests - Weeds, bugs, slugs, you name it – farmers deal with more than their fair share of pests. Proper management and prevention is key to growing a healthy, viable and sustainable crop. Knowing and understanding the factors contributing to your pest problem are the first steps to controlling weeds and insects. Several pests are going to be […]
  • To Treat or Not to Treat – When is Insecticide the Right Choice? - Insecticide seed treatments are not always economical in Mid-Atlantic grain production. Insecticide seed treatments are not always economical in Mid-Atlantic grain production.[/box] Neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments (NSTs) are widely used in grain production. As of 2012, NSTs were used on 34-44% of soybeans and almost all corn grown in the U.S. Because the active ingredient […]
  • Don’t Get Caught with Your Plants Down! - Did your field look like this? If so, your field may have been infested with Dectes stem borers.     The Dectes stem borer adult is a long horned beetle, approximately 3/8-1/2” in length, grey, with long antennae that are banded black and grey. Adult beetles begin emerging in late June and are present in soybean […]
  • Creating a happier, healthier and more productive work force with the WPS - In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised certain requirements in the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulation that became enforceable in 2017 and 2018. The revised WPS regulation came about as an attempt to better protect workers and handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides, as well as to help reduce the number of preventable pesticide […]