Organic soybean variety trial tour set for Sept. 6, 2017

Come view an organic soybean variety trial near Unionville, Michigan, and provide feedback on the suitability of potential varieties in an organic system.

Michigan State University Extension has four organic soybeans trials planted in Michigan, with one trial located in Tuscola County near Unionville, Michigan. On Sept. 6, 2017, the Unionville plot will be available to view starting at 1:30 p.m. Project team members and MSU soybean breeder Dechun Wang will be available to provide information and answer questions.

The plot includes 54 non-GMO soybean varieties from eight sources grown on certified organic ground. Many of the varieties are currently commercially available. Twenty-four of the varieties are under development as part of Wang’s non-GMO soybean breeding program. The public is invited to view those varieties and provide comment to Wang on the suitability of potential varieties in an organic system in Michigan.

The plot is located 3 miles east and 1/2 mile north of Unionville on Rick Road, between Bay City Forestville and Huron Line Roads. The plot is on the west side of the road. The host is Sting Farms, an organic farm. The GPS coordinators to the plot are 43.662664, -83.404758.

The other three MSU Extension organic soybean trial plots are located in Isabella County near Rosebush, Lapeer County near Columbiaville, and Kalamazoo County at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station near Hickory Corners.

Contact MSU Extension educators Bob Battel at 989-315-4221 or Dean Baas at 269-967-9672 with questions. 

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