David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center Receives Grant from Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council to Study Fungicide Effects

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 19, 2011ᾰThe David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center at Southeast Missouri State University recently received a $6,000 grant from the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council to study the effects of two fungicides on healthy soybeans unaffected by disease.

Beginning in May, undergraduate students, along with Dr. Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture; Dr. Indi Braden, Southeast professor of agriculture; and Dr. Wesley Mueller, Southeast professor of agriculture, will use the grant to grow several soybean varieties and apply numerous fungicides to determine their effectiveness in southeastern Missouri and to determine if some of the fungicides will act as “plant physiology promoters.”  Ultimately, the goal of the research is to improve farm profitability. 

In the study, they hope to answer two questions: Will these fungicides promote soybean yield even if disease pressure is absent? And will these fungicides control specific diseases in southeast Missouri?

The study will take place at the crop science unit at the research center throughout the summers of 2011 and 2012.  The project is estimated to be completed by December 2012 with the final results given immediately to the Council.  

The experimental design contains 48 plots.  They will use two varieties of soybeans, and they will monitor effects on plots treated with the fungicides Headline and Quadris. There will also be a control plot, Aide said. All treatments will be replicated four times. 

Aide says Southeast “welcomes partnership with Missouri Soybean Council and all the Missouri farmers who support the Missouri Soybean program.”

For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at (573) 651-2106.