Soybean Variety Evaluation Designed for Organic Production Systems in Michigan
Daniel Rossman and DeChun Wang are conducting an NCR-SARE Research and Education project at Michigan State University to identify and evaluate non-GMO soybean varieties that match characteristics desired by farmers and end-users.
The Michigan Organic Soybean Variety Performance Comparison Project is identifying and evaluating soybean varieties that will match both the characteristics desired by the farmers and also by the end-user. This project is being conducted by Michigan State University Extension educators and specialists in collaboration with organic producers and buyers.
The availability of non-GMO soybean varieties is critical to the future sustainability of organic field crop production in Michigan. A team of MSU educators and specialist have begun a project to identify and evaluate the performance of non-GMO soybeans from across the Midwest. Fifty-one varieties from seven companies and three universities were compared at four trial locations in 2012 on certified organic fields in Michigan. Producers were given multiple field day opportunities to visit the sites during the growing season and assess the varieties based upon the agronomic traits that were important to them.
The trial results have been shared at several grower meetings. The project is funded by the CERES Trust and NCR-SARE. The funding should provide support for the project through 2017.
The team anticipates numerous new non-GMO soybean varieties will be identified and made available to Michigan organic farmers as a result.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) LNC12-344, On-farm Organic Soybean Variety Trials .