Preliminary organic non-GMO soybean results available
For the seventh year, Michigan State University reports results of non-GMO soybeans grown on certified organic farms.
The Organic Farmers of Michigan are now funding the Michigan State University Organic Soybean plots, along with increased entry fees. The Ceres Trust and North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) previously funded the project; 2018 was the seventh year these variety trials were evaluated.
Commercially available and university varieties under development were included in the trials. Eight companies and two universities, including Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota, entered a total of 41 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 four varieties.
These varieties were planted at three sites including MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station in Kalamazoo County and on-farm sites in Isabella and Tuscola counties. All sites were certified organic and managed organically.
The preliminary results can be found at MSU 2018 Organic Soybean Variety Yield Results. The preliminary results include source, variety, maturity group, hilum color and yield at each of the three sites. Yield results for the average of the three sites are also included and are ranked by source. Final results will include percent oil, percent protein, maturity days after planting, plant height and seeds per pound. The final report will also include multi-year yield data.
Previous years’ results can be found at the Organic Farmers of Michigan website.
This article will be updated when the final results are available.