Project Details:

Yield and ROI on Biological Seed Treatments

Parent Project: This is the first year of this project.
Checkoff Organization:Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board
Organization Project Code:02-027-023
Project Year:2023
Lead Principal Investigator:Chad Lee (University of Kentucky)
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Keywords: soybean, biological seed treatments, return on investment, yield, crop management

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Project Summary

There are a large number of biological seed treatments (e.g., fungi, amino acids, bacteria) marketed to growers under the premise that this practice will produce a positive ROI due to plant health promoting properties. Growers often purchase these products with the intention of maximizing yield to gain a competitive advantage. The effect of these products on yield, however, is largely undocumented. With the potential of low profit margins the effect of biological seed treatments on soybean yield and economic return is important to understand. Here, we will evaluate commonly-marketed biological seed treatment products across the U.S. This will help us identify environmental and soil factors where yield response to biological seed treatments is most likely to occur. We will test the bioligical seed treatments at two locations in Kentucky, allowing us to develop data locally. In addtition, we will compare results here with results from other states in the study to help us better understand if and when these seed treatments provide a yield benefit or a return on investment.

Project Objectives

The objectives of this project are to: 1) Identify yield response in soybean to biological seed treatments (commonly-marketed products); 2) Conduct economic analyses on the value of these products; and, 3) extend results to soybean growers through extension networks.

Project Deliverables

Yield effect of bioligical seed treatments Return on Investment (ROI) of biological seed treatments

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Benefit to Soybean Farmers

This proposal address Research Priority 2: Reducing the cost of producing soybeans, which includes higher profitability. Results from this research will help farmers stay profitable.

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Project Years

YearProject Title (each year)
2023Yield and ROI on Biological Seed Treatments