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Established 1971 (relocated in 2009)
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.
Read more about the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center's history.
MSU AgBioResearch announces new assistant director of natural resources programs
Published on October 22, 2014
MSU fisheries and wildlife professor Michael Jones has been named assistant director of natural resources programs for MSU AgBioResearch. This is a new part-time position within the organization.
MSU AgBioResearch names new acting associate director
Published on June 26, 2014
George Smith, MSU animal science professor, will serve as acting associate director of MSU AgBioResearch beginning July 1.
Farmers to hear Michigan wheat production updates at MSU research center
Published on June 10, 2014
Michigan's Winter Wheat Field Day will feature something for every wheat farmer in the state who has ever had a pest, weed, disease, rotation, nutrient, combine or production-related question about the crop.
MSU research centers to host public field days
Published on May 13, 2014
MSU AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its outlying research centers this summer.
Attracting wild bees to farms is a good insurance policy
Published on April 4, 2014
A paper co-authored by MSU AgBioResearch's Rufus Isaacs gives farmers of pollination-dependent crops tangible results to convert marginal acreage to fields of wildflowers.