James Board

James Board is a Professor of Agronomy in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences in the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. He obtained a Ph.D. in plant physiology from the University of California at Davis in 1978, and shortly thereafter assumed his current position. He has been working on soybean production and physiology at this institution for the last 32 years and has also taught crop ecological/physiological classes across this period. Dr. Board has authored 61 refereed journal articles related to planting dates, row spacings, plant population, defoliation, stress physiology, growth dynamics, and yield component formation

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Soybean is the most important oilseed and livestock feed crop in the world. These dual uses are attributed to the crop's high protein content (nearly 40% of seed weight) and oil content (approximately 20%); characteristics that are not rivaled by any other agronomic crop. Across the 10-year period from 2001 to 2010, world soybean production increased from 168 to 258 million metric tons (54% increase). Against the backdrop of soybean's striking ascendancy is increased research interest in the crop throughout the world. Information in this book presents a comprehensive view of research efforts in genetics, plant physiology, agronomy, agricultural economics, and nitrogen relationships that will benefit soybean stakeholders and scientists throughout the world. We hope you enjoy the book.

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