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DUNDEE, MI -- The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee invests some of the farmer checkoff funds into field size research plots and projects.  The Soybean Management and Research Technology (SMaRT) program had ten projects in 2016 of various pre-plant, planting, or foliar treatments.

In Monroe County, thirteen farmers participated in one or more of these projects.  These include; Sam Mills of Milan, Ken and Rick Arting and Delmer Cilley of Dundee, Herb Smith of Temperance, Ralph Nartker of Erie, Randy Weyher of Maybee, Glen Hoffman and John VanWashenova of Newport, Frank Deutsch, Richard Janssens, Tom Woelmer and Alan and Caleb Matthes of Monroe and Mark Chapman of South Rockwood.

In addition Matt and Mark Schultz of Dundee participated in a special Soybean cyst nematode (SCN)  project of Dr. George Bird of MSU.  This project had various seed and foliar treatments and cover crops suitable for possible Soybean cyst nematode management.  Preliminary individual plot yields ranged from 14 to 98 bushels per acre, with as many as 316 pods per plant.

Replicated, research soybean SMaRT projects this year included:

• Potassium Thiosulfate and 28% UAN starter fertilizer

• Gypsum (from the DTE Monroe power plant)

• Soybean Planting Rate

• White Mold Fungicide Comparison Trial of Endura and PROPULSE fungicides

• ILeVO Seed Treatment (for SCN)

• Blackmax 22 foliar fertilizer

• United Soybean Board Multi-state Row Spacing

• AgroLiquid Prescription Foliar Fertilizer

• Radiate plant growth hormones

• Field rolling

Thanks to all these farmers for their cooperation with the various treatments and data collection for their projects.  The results of this statewide SMaRT program will be summarized and discussed at a February 21, 2017 meeting at Cabela’s in Dundee.  Farmers with ideas to try for 2017 can talk to Laurie Isley, the checkoff board member from Blissfield, or Ned Birkey.

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