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Digging Deeper: MSU, MSPB and MFBF Help Soybean Farmers Manage Unseen Yield Robbers

Farmers can hear from Mississippi State University (MSU) experts next month in a series of soybean seminars sponsored by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF).

The goal of the seminars, titled “Digging Deeper: Managing Unseen Yield Robbers,” is to heighten awareness on soybean-management issues that often go unseen but could severely impact yield.  Together, farmers and extension experts will take an in-depth look at soil fertility and fertilizer management, nematode issues, soil crusting and irrigation-infiltration issues.

“The topics we will be discussing are not like weeds, where the problem is visual,” says Bobby Golden, Ph.D., MSU extension specialist. “Instead, our topics will cover issues that farmers generally have no idea about until it’s too late.”

In addition to Golden, speakers will include MSU extension specialists Tom Allen, Ph.D., and Jason Krutz, Ph.D., as well as Chism Craig, Ph.D., with Cresco Ag.

“It is MSPB’s responsibility to get soybean farmers the best sources of information,” said Jan de Regt, MSBP chairman. “We believe the information that will be received during these seminars is unique and needs to be conveyed to Mississippi farmers so that they are better able to manage these issues.”

Farmers can join MSU experts at one of the following seminars as they share the latest research in managing unseen yield robbers:

  • January 22, 1 p.m. - Delta Ag Expo in Cleveland
  • February 10, 9 a.m. – Capps Learning Center in Stoneville
  • February 11, 9 a.m. – National Guard Armory in Rolling Fork
  • February 25, 9 a.m. – Tunica Museum in Tunica
  • February 26, 9 a.m. – Magnolia Room at the Lee County Agricenter in Verona
  • February 26, 3:30 p.m. – Noxubee Civic Center in Macon

The Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, Mississippi State University and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation work to increase the profitability of soybean production in Mississippi. These groups work to identify and solve production problems, discover and develop new opportunities, form partnerships to leverage funds, communicate research findings to Mississippi farmers, and promote career opportunities to the next generation of soybean researchers and industry-support personnel. For more information and resources on soybean production, visit