I attended this last year and will go again. It is an excellent way to learn about what varieties are available and what criteria organic field crop farmers seek for their production systems. If you are in the Lansing area and want to carpool, contact me and perhaps we can ride together.

Vicki Morrone
Organic Farming Specialist
Center For Regional Food Systems at MSU
480 Wilson Rd. Room 303
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-353-3542/517-282-3557 (cell)
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From: <Rossman>, Daniel <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:31 AM
To: Vicki Morrone <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Organic soybean & dry bean plot tour Sept 6



Is it possible to send this out on your organic list serve for a reminder??


Details of the organic tour tomorrow,

Dan Rossman

Organic Soybean, Dry Bean, and Corn Variety Plots

and Dry Bean Production Systems Evaluation Tours

Friday, September 6, 2013


Over 50 non- GMO soybeans and 30 black and navy beans varieties are being compared under organic production systems in our region at multiple sites. These varieties are a mix of tried and true brands, new industry releases, and experimental lines from university breeding programs. We will also view sites of dry bean production with alternative cover crops research.


You are invited to join other organic producers to view and voice your preference about characteristics that are desirable to you (pod set, plant height, canopy closure, competitiveness, etc). This information (along with yield) will be useful to identify varieties in the breeding program to move forward for seed production and release.


Below are the details of the times and the places where we will meet.  Feel free to come to one, two, three or all seven of the stops. Call 989 875 5233 if you what to car pool from Ithaca. Call my cell phone to find out if we are running on time (989) 763 7255.


9:00am  Organic Soybeans & Organic Dry BeansProduction Systems (Navies & Blacks) - Don Brockriede Farm 4750 Hollenbeck Rd, Columbiaville, MI field location is across the road from DKB Farm processing facility on Hollenbeck Road. Go to the east and north behind the old barn.  (Northwest of Columbiaville and west of Marathon Road)


11:00am  Dry Beans Variety Trials Organic Black and Navy varieties. Mike Findlay Farm field is located at the farm at 140 West Elmwood Road, Caro.


11:30am  Organic SoybeansVarieties Steve Reinbold Farm 4000 Fairgrove Rd, Fairgrove, MI 48733 field is located on Fairgrove Road 1/4 west of Sheridan Road on the south side.


12 noon  Lunch Hog Roast - Mark and Steven Vollmar Farm we will meet at Organic Bean & Grain on 1795 W. Akron Road (15 year anniversary celebration)


3:30pm  Organic Dry BeansProduction Systems (Navies & Blacks) Richard Stuckey Farm- field is located on Smith Road , 12 mile south of M-46 just west of Alma.


4:30pm  Organic Soybeans Dick and Dan Davis Farm field location is 1 12  miles north of Middleton at 5837 Ely Highway, Middleton, MI (corner of Ely Highway and Grant Road)



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