Michigan’s Thumb research evaluates 2012 conventional soybeans

Michigan State University Extension educators established a field trial to evaluate 24 non-Roundup Ready soybean varieties in the state’s Thumb region.

Growers may be interested in producing conventional (no- Roundup Ready) soybeans for a number of reasons, including decreasing seed costs, enhancing market opportunities, or utilizing herbicides other than glyphosate.

Michigan State University Extension educators based in the greater Thumb area established a variety trial to evaluate the performance of 24 conventional soybean varieties. The trial was established at Gerstenberger Farms, north of Sandusky on May 23, 2012. The area was exceptionally dry until a substantive amount of rain was received on August 9 and 10. 

The varieties were evaluated for yield, moisture, and test weight, as well as protein and oil content.

Table 1. Performance of conventional (non-GMO) soybean varieties, Sandusky, MI 2012.

The educators would like to thank Gerstenberger Farms, cooperating seed companies, and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

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