Final organic non-GMO soybean results are 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 final results can be found at 2018 Michigan Organic Soybean Variety Trials. The final results include source, variety, maturity group, hilum color and yield at each of the three sites. Final results for the average of the three sites are also included and are ranked by source. Final results also include percent oil, percent protein, maturity days after planting, plant height and seeds per pound and multi-year data. Yield results for the average of the three sites are also included and are ranked by source.
Previous years’ results can be found at the Organic Farmers of Michigan website.