2012 Soybean Management and Research Technology Research Report is available online
The results from the SMaRT program’s 2012 on-farm research trials can be helpful in making soybean management decisions for 2013.
The Soybean Management and Research Technology (SMaRT) program was initiated by the Michigan Soybean Checkoff on Nov. 1, 2010, to help Michigan soybean producers become more profitable. The SMaRT program is a partnership between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Soybean Checkoff. The SMaRT program provides Michigan soybean producers with a statistically sound method for evaluating the yield and income benefits of new products, equipment and management practices.
To identify and prioritize the 2012 research projects, we surveyed more than 300 soybean producers at seven locations across the state. Soybean producers across Michigan identified new products, equipment or practices of interest to them and conducted field-scale research trials to evaluate their effects on soybean yields. The data form was collected, subjected to statistical scrutiny and summarized across locations and years.
Twenty-nine different on-farm research projects were conducted in 2012. The 2012 projects fell under four main categories: tillage, nutrient management, crop protection/growth enhancers and planting populations. The SMaRT project results are published in the 40-page Soybean Management and Research Technologies 2012 Report. Also included in the research report are the results of eight on-farm research projects conducted by MSU educators throughout Michigan. The Michigan Soybean Checkoff paid for the printing and postage costs to send the research report to approximately 12,000 Michigan soybean producers. Soybean producers will receive the research report shortly after January 1, 2013.
The Soybean Management and Research Technologies 2012 Report is also available at the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee’s website.
Plans are well underway for the 2013 SMaRT on-farm research trials. Please contact Mike Staton if you would like to evaluate a new practice, new product or piece of equipment on your farm in 2013.