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  1. Vol. 6 No. 1
    Accepted: Sept 12, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): conleysp@purdue.edu
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Crop Management Practices in Indiana Soybean Production Systems

  1. Shawn P. Conley * and
  2. Judith B. Santinia
  1. a Research Statistical Analyst, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907


To meet the current and future needs of today's soybean producer it is vital that agricultural researchers and extension specialists clearly understand the production concerns of our clientele. The objective of this research was to characterize the current management practices of Indiana soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) growers, to identify specific educational needs, and to provide a framework for directing applied soybean research efforts. This assessment was conducted through a direct-mail survey. The results of this survey define distinct similarities and differences among growers of different farm operation size. Large acreage growers (≥ 1000 acres) were more likely to plant soybeans in rows spaced 11 to 20 inches, reduce seeding rates, plant earlier, and have higher yields. Large acreage growers were also more likely to own a yield monitor, conduct on-farm research, use a computer, and routinely use the internet. Our research also identified different research and educational needs based on farm operation size. By specifically targeting these needs, agricultural researchers and extension specialists may improve the economic and environmental sustainability each clientele group.

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