OUTREACH PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE ACCEPTANCE OF INTENSIVE SUSTAINABLE SOYBEAN PRODUCTION SYSTEMS BY GROWERS AND CONSUMERS
Soil Drainage Research
2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To develop education and outreach programs for adults and youth that show how the adoption of integrated soybean management practices can increase soybean productivity, maintain environmental sustainability, sequester carbon in the soil, and be a positive influence on climate change.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
1. Work with the four major farm and equipment shows to establish demo plots of the soybean production innovations at Farm Science Review in Ohio; Ag Progress Days in Pennsylvania; Farm Progress Show in Illinois/Iowa; and Husker Harvest Days in Nebraska.
2. Develop fact sheets, work with editors to get articles in farm magazines; make presentations at farm conferences and appear on radio programs. Also, establish a presence in social media by starting communications via a Facebook page and Twitter page.
Activities conducted for this Specific Cooperative Agreement contribute directly to Sub-Objective 2a of the parent project: Evaluate no-till, soil amendment, and cover crop practices as compared to conventional management practices for improving crop yield and soil/water quality in intermittently wet soils.
Demonstration plots are in place in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Iowa to compare the no-till, cover crops, and gypsum amended production and conventional production systems during 2012 fall farm shows in these states. A fact sheet has been developed to distribute to visitors to the demonstration plots.