Plant Health and Production and Plant Products
Virginia State University established a vegetable soybean (edamame) research pro-gram and released three varieties, ‘‘Asmara,’’ “Owens,” and “Randolph.” Hundreds of breeding lines are also being evaluated for their agronomic performance, yield potential, and nutrient contents. Edamame is a value-added specialty crop and a potentially proﬁtable option for small farmers in Virginia. With support from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, re-searchers are also working with local growers to commercialize the three edamame varieties. So far, 25 growers have been contracted to grow and market these edamame varieties. The project has purchased harvesting and processing equipment and set up a centralized processing facility in Farmville, Virginia.
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