Michigan organic non-GMO soybean variety trials are available
New factsheet will help soybean farmers wanting to use non-GMO varieties evaluate available private seed dealer varieties and experimental varieties that have not yet been released.
Over the past five-plus years, the majority of field crop farmers have planted GMO crops. An organic farmer cannot plant GMO seeds or use herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. In an attempt to assist organic farmers to find new varieties they can plant to help in pest management (weeds, dseases and insects) and increase yields, the Michigan State University Extension cover crops and field crops teams wrote a grant to The CERES Trust and to North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE). We are excited to announce that these two funding organizations have funded us for six years to evaluate non-GMO soybean varieties for Michigan and north central region organic farmers.