The trials provide side-by-side comparison data for germination, yield, moisture, disease resistance and other production factors under the regional growing conditions.
Trial leader Dr. William J. Cox of Cornell University said he expects the acreage of soybeans grown in Northern New York to increase.
“It is no longer too cool to produce soybeans in Northern New York with the development of high-yielding Group I soybean varieties and the warmer summers in the region. As global warming continues over the next several decades, Northern New York may prove to be an ideal region for soybean production,” the Cornell Crop and Soil Sciences professor said.
Cox notes that some Northern New York farmers have already capitalized on the warming trend as evidenced by the increase in soybean acreage in the region from 5,000 acres grown in 2007 to nearly 15,000 acres grown in 2012. Soybeans are grown to feed dairy cows and other livestock and for cash sales domestically and for export.
The NNYADP is a farmer-driven research, outreach and technical-assistance service for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. NNYADP projects receive funding from the New York State Senate and Assembly. The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station provided additional funding and support for the soybean and corn trials.
The results of the trials are posted in the Field Crops section of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org and available from local Cornell Cooperative Extension offices.