As the disparity in farm size continues to increase and university Extension budgets tighten, it is imperative that Extension correctly identifies the specific needs of our clientele. Our objective was to identify clientele educational needs and to provide a framework for directing applied soybean research efforts. This assessment was conducted through a detailed direct-mail survey that was sent to 5,000 (1,330 respondents) Indiana soybean growers. The results of the survey demonstrate differences among grower operation sizes with respect to scouting and pest management practices. Farmers with large operations generally scout and manage pests more intensively than small or mid-size farmers.
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Conley, S. P., Krupke, C., Santini, J., & Shaner, G. (2007). Pest Management in Indiana Soybean Production Systems. The Journal of Extension, 45(4), Article 18. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss4/18