EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Organic Farmers of Michigan are now funding the Michigan State University Organic Soybean plots, along with increased entry fees; 2019 was the eighth year these variety trials were evaluated.
Commercially available and university varieties under development were included in the trials. Seven companies and two universities, including Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota, entered a total of 43 varieties. Twenty of those varieties are commercially available. Michigan State University soybean breeder Dechun Wang entered 17 varieties under development, and the University of Minnesota entered six varieties.
These varieties were planted at two sites including MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station in Kalamazoo County and an on-farm site in Tuscola County. Both sites were certified organic and managed organically. Due to excessive spring precipitation, a planned site in Isabella County was prevented from planting.
The final results can be found at 2019 Michigan Organic Soybean Variety Trials. The final results include source, variety, maturity group, hilum color, percent oil, percent protein, maturity days after planting, plant height, yield and multi-year data.
Previous years’ results can be found at the Organic Farmers of Michigan website.
— Robert Battel, Michigan State University Extension
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