Yield Loss Prediction Tool for Field-Specific Risk Management of Asian Soybean Rust

Project Updates - Kentucky May 2008

USA, Lexington Kentucky - March 23, 2009 (Joe Omielan) - Project Update

This year the plots were planted on May 13, 2008 in 15 inch rows.  The design of the experiment has been modified to better “simulate” the effects of SBR and to measure the impact on Radiation Use Efficiency (RUE).  We are only using AG3905 (Group III) here while LSU is using DP4331RR (Group IV).  Planting plots that are straight and evenly spaced is a team effort and an introduction to field research for our summer students. Here are some photos from planting.

photo of SBR Project PI Saratha Kumudini in field during May 2008 planting

Planting is a total team effort and a chance for the project leader to get out of the office for a change.

photo showing the tractor paused in field while the team checks the planter adjustments

It’s important to check the planter adjustments before planting the actual plots.

photo of Elena checking seed depth from the planter output

Elena is checking the depth the seeds are being put in the ground.

photo of the tractor and planter in motion

Once we’re satisfied with the settings, the tractor driver needs help lining up with the flags and keeping the planter straight.

photo of two team members watching the planter in acton

The team gets into a routine and soon the rest of the field is planted for the trial.

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