I’m David Marrison OSU Extension educator
for agriculture for Coshocton County and I have been here since last September. The trial we have here is part of the boots on the ground research which is
part of the research that Dr. Laura Lindsey from The Ohio State University
is working on and we were just very pleased that Jason and everybody here at
Lapp farms – agreed to be a partner in some of this research looking at
differences on soybean production. Jason Massey here in Coshocton County we
farm about 2700 acres throughout the county, corn and beans rotation. I think
was back in February we ran across this efields and we thought well we’ve often
wondered what goes into the data. We contacted David Marrison our OSU
Extension agent and that’s kind of where it went from there. Two treatments of
first treatment would be an early plant, lower lower population at 130,000 seeds
per acre. And then coming back with an insecticide fungicide spray at the R3
stage later in the summer, which here based on the planting date that we had
was sprayed the week of July 15th. And then the second planting happened one
month exactly after the initial and that was more of a typical planting
population, it was 160,000 seeds per acre and with no insecticide or fungicide.
It’ll be pretty much the same kind of cost so be interesting what the yield
comes out as we hit the fall. On farm testing for us has been something that
we’ve done for as long as I’ve been around here. It’s about money, to me it’s
it’s all about money, and if you can if there’s any little tweak that you can do
in the pipeline to make you more profit per acre I think those are things that
we need to explore as farmers – to see if they actually work in the conditions and
the soils of where we actually farm. We were lucky to get this study in this
year. The weather was trying to work against us but Jason and Lapp farms were
able to pull through for the completion of the study the. Yield data for this
study is 60 bushels per acre for the enhanced system treatment. These plots
were planted in early May at 130,000 population and
treated with fungicide and insecticide. The standard system yielded fifty-six
bushels per acre. These plots were planted in late May at 160,000 population without any fungicide or insecticide treatment. The
yield results are not significantly different from each other. The economics
of this study reveal what is really important to agriculture. The enhanced
system returned $452 per acre while the
standard system only returned $435. You have to take
time to find that best yield. It’s not easy but it is worth it.
The weather was really harsh but we won’t let that get us down. The trials
will go on. Interested in learning more about this study and others? Be sure to
check out the OSU Digital Ag website listed on the screen for your copy of
the 2019 eFields guide