Research at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center has allowed Michigan producers to be national leaders in sugar beet and dry bean production.
Most of the dry bean and sugar beet production in Michigan is located in the Thumb and Saginaw Valley areas. Michigan is the No. 1 producer of black beans, the No. 2 producer of all dry beans and the No. 4 producer of sugar beets in the country. Research at the center has allowed Michigan producers to be national leaders in sugar beet and dry bean production, offering growers the latest information on crop management and tillage techniques, new variety trials, and pest and weed control with minimal environmental impact. In addition to dry bean and sugar beet research, studies at the 310-acre site explore other important rotational crops including corn, wheat and soybeans.
Members of the Michigan agriculture industry and others are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities.
A ribbon-cutting dedication took place July 18 to celebrate the new Agricultural Education Center at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center. The facility was made possible by contributions from the agriculture industry.
MSU's Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center has provided research for the agriculture industry for more than 40 years. READ
MSU University Distinguished Professor James Kelly has developed 47 bean varieties in the past 35 years. And he's not finished yet.
The Michigan Wheat Program board announced its commitment to provide $700,000 in support over the next five years to assist Michigan State University (MSU) in purchasing additional acreage for wheat research.