Research & Technology Transfer
Soybean research is the most essential component to keeping soybeans grown in Minnesota competitive. Because of the state’s geographic location and weather patterns, soybeans planted here have unique growing conditions. Without checkoff-funded soybean research into new variety development, disease management and pest control, Minnesota’s soybean farmers would be at a severe disadvantage in the marketplace.
Every year, members of the Research & Tech Transfer committee sit down with soybean researchers to learn about the progress of current research projects, review new proposals and provide input on production concerns they see coming in the future.
In addition to production research, committee members are also proactively seeking solutions to protect and preserve our natural resources. As such, soybean checkoff dollars are being invested in science-based projects that will build up the soil, reduce runoff and increase habitat for wildlife.
Minnesota's soybean farmers are fully committed to addressing water quality and sustainability concerns. That's why the MSR & PC helped establish the Minnesota Ag Water Resources Coalition (MAWRC) in 2007. Made up of representatives from commodity and livestock organizations, MAWRC was formed to educate and engage producers in water quality discussions.