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Soybean Innovation Lab urges farmers to adopt improved soy seeds

Published October 25, 2016

At the second-annual soybean kick-off event in Ghana, the Principal Investigator for the USAID-Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Laboratory Value Chain Research, Dr. Peter Goldsmith, urged farmers to adopt improved soy seeds to improve plant population.

The Oct. 18 event brought together small-holder farmers, the private sector, researchers, development organizers, extension and government agencies to learn about the innovation, knowledge and technologies underway to support soy production in Ghana.

A story appeared on NEWS1 in Ghana:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsoayV_QThE&feature=youtu.be

From the video:

"Goldsmith revealed that high soybean plant population on ridges has proven to suppress weed population and minimize the use of chemicals for weed control in soybean fields. The event served as a platform that engaged soybean farming communities and other stakeholders in the value chain on SMART research fields. It is a platform to learn and share ideas on the season's production outlook and critical intervention needed to build best practices to improve soybean yields under Soybean Innovation Laboratory Value Chain Research. The event is aimed at improving the soybean agronomic and production interventions in the three regions of the north among more than 23,000 women smallholder farmers. Dr. Goldsmith, who spoke about the various research findings on the SMART Farm revealed that plant population, has played a key role in reducing the weed and amount of chemical application on most soybean fields."

The event was hosted by the Soybean Innovation Lab, the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Catholic Relief Services, and the Mennonite Economic Development Associates. Attendees enjoyed a delicious soy lunch, toured the soybean SMART farm, saw new high-yielding, locally adapted soybean varieties, tasted locally produced soy products and watched demonstrations of the latest innovations in small scale mechanization. 

The Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and based at the University of Illinois. Keep up with the latest news from SIL at: http://soybeaninnovationlab.illinois.edu/