Michigan State University
 Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
East Lansing, MI  48824-1325

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2018 MICHIGAN SOYBEAN PERFORMANCE TRIALS

Michigan State University will conduct performance evaluations of conventional and herbicide resistant (Roundup Resistant and Liberty Link Resistant) varieties that are submitted to us by private companies.  The results of the trials will be published in a performance report sponsored by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.  The 2018 Michigan Soybean Performance Report will be distributed at MSU winter meetings, to grain elevators, and as a supplement to the Michigan Farm News.  Data can also be accessed at www.varietytrials.msu.edu/soybean.

PROCEDURES

All performance trial plots will consist of six 15-inch rows, 20 feet long.  Sixteen feet of the center four rows will be harvested for yield.  All Conventional, Roundup Resistant, and Liberty Link soybeans will be tested in separate trials at all locations.  Each location will have four replications and will be planted as a lattice design.  While Michigan State University will attempt to plant, maintain, and harvest all locations, we cannot be held responsible for acts of nature that may prevent us from accomplishing these objectives and cannot refund any fees if we fail to collect data from the number of locations upon which the fees are based.

The Decatur/Soybean Disease Research Trial will be planted and harvested with the similar procedures as the performance trials.  These may be used for commercial or pre-commercial seed for disease screening.  Participants will receive data for their entries, as well as statistics for the entire trial..

LOCATIONS AND FEES

The locations for the Southern trials are Hillsdale, Clinton, Lenawee and St. Joseph (irrigated) counties.  The locations for the Central trials are Allegan, Clinton, Saginaw and Sanilac counties.   A variety may be entered in the Southern Trials for $400.00, the Central Trials for $400.00, or both trials for $800.00.

A variety may be entered in the Decatur/Soybean Disease trial (Van Buren County) for $200.00.

SEED AND SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS:  Treated seed must be noted on entry form.  Please return entry forms with payment by March 15, 2018 (address listed below).  Please make checks payable to MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY.  (“Window” envelopes with checks should be addressed as indicated below.)

Send ten (10) pounds of seed per entry per trial (South or Central) by April 1, 2018.

Send two (2) pounds of seed per entry for the Decatur/Disease Research trial by April 1, 2018.  If winter nursery shipments are delayed, we will accept late seed delivery through April 28th.  We generate field maps and design experiments once all entry forms are received.  Entries that are not filled due to lack of seed will not be refunded.

Entry Form/Check Address:        Seed Shipping Address:
RANDY LAURENZ
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPT. OF PLANT, SOIL & MICROBIAL        SCIENCES
1066 BOGUE STREET
286 PLANT & SOIL SCIENCES BLDG.
EAST LANSING, MI  48824-6254
RANDY LAURENZ
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
CROP SCIENCE RESEARCH FARM
4450 BEAUMONT RD
LANSING, MI  48910-8619

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Randy Laurenz at the following numbers:   PHONE: Crop Research Farm (517) 355-2287
FAX:  (517) 353-3515, E-mail: laurenz2@msu.edu