Conduct a photosynthesis lab; answer true and false questions about soybeans and their uses; identify the parts of a soybean plant; read about macronutrients; then draw a plant that shows nutrient deficiencies.
Watch “Soybean Production Presentation”; answer questions about soybean seeds and plants; research no-till and pesticide use.
Grow Round-Up Ready seeds using the Flinn Scientific Genetically Modified Foods lab kit; write a technical paper sharing the data from the Round-Up Ready soybean experiment. (These research papers may be shared on GrowNextGen’s Student Research section.
Soybeans are an essential part of Ohio farming operations. Proper soil nutrients are essential. There are 16 nutrients that help soybean growth, even though the emphasis is generally on nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Farming soybeans can be done in various ways. No-till farming methods are a set of practices that do not require the land to be fully cultivated before planting, leaving much of the soil and cover at the surface with only a ¼" to ½" row to be tilled for planting. Conventional cultivation generally includes full tilling of the ground, removing all surface cover, either by a plow or set of disks (harrow) before planting rows. The use of fertilizers and pesticide may have positive effects on yield by increasing nutrients in the soil or reducing weeds or insects that affect the crop. Investigate the following links to get additional information about no-till and conventional farming methods:
In addition, there is growing momentum for the use of genetically modified crops. Round-up Ready soybeans are genetically modified to withstand the use of Round-up herbicide on soybean fields.