Soybean Research

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Thomas V. (Tom) Dailey
Research Scientist I
Bobwhite conservation

Dennis E. Deyton
Fruit crop improvement

Darrell D. Hensley
Extension Specialist III
Plant Pathology

Tarek Hewezi
Assistant Professor
Plant Molecular Biology

Heather Marie Kelly
Assistant Professor
Plant Pathologist

Vincent R. (Vince) Pantalone
Soybean breeding

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Scott D. Stewart

Christopher Shields (Chris) Walker
Research Technician III

Groups and Facilities

(3 mentions)

UT Crops 
Statewide trials and management of corn, cotton, soybean, and small grains.

(2 mentions)

Phytophthora Plant Pathogens 
Soybeans, vegetables, the Irish potato blight, and Sudden Oak Death.

(1 mention)

Sun Grant BioWeb 
Providing current info to use biomass resources for bioenergy and bioproducts.


Soybean Disease Field Day, 9/13/2016

The Road to Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance, 2/7/2014



Retaliatory Tariffs Could Cost Billions in Reduced US Soybean Exports, 5/1/2018

2017 Director's Awards Recipients Announced, 1/18/2018

Dicamba Briefing, 11/27/2017

Research Spotlight | Managing Target Spot in Cotton and Soybeans, 11/15/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

Department of Food Science Changes Name to Better Reflect Focus, 4/30/2017

Winter 2017 Upcoming Events, 1/17/2017

UTIA Rolls Out Searchable Database for Soybean Cultivars, 11/15/2016

Answers to Farmers’ Questions, 10/22/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, 10/14/2016


(3 mentions)

Insects are among the greatest threats to agriculture. Tennessee farmers have seen some pests disappear, but in the process, new ones emerged, and they are attacking fields.

(2 mentions)

Farmer Research 
There's agricultural research going on all over Tennessee, but much of it can't happen without the input of farmers. UT AgResearch works with producers to test crops and growing conditions.

(2 mentions)

Ag Year Preview 
Spring is almost here, and it’s just about time for Tennessee farmers to plant their 2012 crops. All indications are - things are looking good for producers, following what was a good year in 2011.

(1 mention)

Weed Progress 
Weeds are a nuisance to gardeners, but downright devastating to those who farm for a living. But now experts and farmers say the worst may be behind us.

(1 mention)

High Input Costs 
Food prices have been going up, but so are the production costs for farmers who grow what we eat. Farm expenses are at record highs for Tennessee row-crop producers.

(1 mention)

Record Corn Yields 
In the future, getting the most out of our land will be critical for Tennessee agriculture and the world's food supply. That will involve increasing row crop yields through science and smart farming.

(1 mention)

Little River Facility 
It’s long been an issue in farming – how can we be productive in agriculture and still protect the environment? UT Ag-Research has a new facility dedicated to that cause.

(1 mention)

Weed Control Strategy 
'The Minute' host Jake Turner interviews Larry Steckel on weed control.

(1 mention)

No-Till Hills 
There was a time when sloped land was just about useless because of frequent soil erosion. But now, hilly terrain can be productive. 'No-till” farming makes it possible.

(1 mention)

Cotton Module Picker 
More and more producers are using cotton module pickers to get their crops from the field to the gin.


Recent Publications

Effective and efficient agricultural drainage pipe mapping with UAS thermal infrared imagery: A case study Allred, B., N. S. Eash, R. S. Freeland, L. Martinez, and D. Wishart.  2018.  Agricultural Water Management, 197 (2018) 132–137. [Abstract]

Economic and environmental impact of multi-use cover crop species in Tennessee no-till soybean/corn rotations.  Bracey, W., V. R. Sykes, A. Willette, L. E. Steckel, G. E. Bates, R. N. Oakes, and D. M. Butler.  2018.  International Annual Meetings ASA-CSSA, Baltimore, MD.

Effect of the mutant Danbaekkong allele on soybean seed yield, protein, and oil concentration and amino acid composition.  Cunicelli, M. J., H. Bhandari, P. Chen, C. E. Sams, M. A. R. Mian, L. Mozzoni, C. Smallwood, and V. R. Pantalone.  2018.  Crop Science Society of America, ASA-CSSA Annual Meeting, November 4-7, 2018, Baltimore, MD. [Abstract]

Development and Phenotypic Screening of an Ethyl Methane Sulfonate Mutant Population in Soybean Espina, M. J., C. M. Sabbir Ahmed, A. Bemardini, E. Adeleke, Z. Yadegari, P. Arelli, V. R. Pantalone, and A. Taheri.  2018.  Frontiers in Plant Science. [Abstract]

Summary of soybean irrigation studies in Tennessee.  Grant, T., and B. G. Leib.  2018.  University of Tennessee - Extension, Knoxville, TN, (draft).

The basics of soybean irrigation in Tennessee.  Leib, B. G., T. Grant, A. Shekoofa, and M. A. McClure.  2018.  University of Tennessee - Extension, Knoxville, TN, (in press).

Potential for Pennycress to Support a Renewable Jet Fuel Industry.  Markel, E.L., B. C. English, C. M. Hellwinckel, and R. J. Menard.  2018.  Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. [Abstract]

Identification of recombination hotspots throughout the soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] genome.  McConaughy, S, G. Graef, K. Amundsen, Q. Song, V. R. Pantalone, and D. Hyten.  2018.  Molecular & Cellular Biology of the Soybean. [Abstract]

Predictive promoter activity in soybean using a novel cell-suspension culture and transient expression analysis in protoplast.  Mst Shamira Sultana  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Screening for SCN resistance and field evaluation of soybean recombinant Inbred lines.  Niyikiza, D., G. Dickey, J. H. Rice, T. Burch-Smith, P. Arelli, C. E. Sams, T. Gill, T. Hewezi, and V. R. Pantalone.  2018.  Molecular & Cellular Biology of the Soybean. [Abstract]

Soil Physical Properties and Soybean Yield as Influenced by Long-Term Tillage Systems and Cover Cropping in the Midsouth USA Nouri, A., J. Lee, X. Yin, D. D. Tyler, S. Jagadamma, and P. Arelli.  2018.  Sustainability, 10(12): 4696,

Registration of ‘TN11-5102’ Soybean Cultivar with High Yield and High Protein Meal Pantalone, V. R., and C. Smallwood.  2018.  Journal of Plant Registrations, 12:1-5. [Abstract]