2020 SMaRT (Soybean Management and Research Technology) Meetings

The results of the 2019 SMaRT on-farm research projects will be presented. Participants will also learn about the latest planting date research conducted by MSU and managing challenging weeds in 2020. Time is available for questions, comments and discussion.

The Michigan Soybean Checkoff program is covering all costs. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials. Please register by clicking the location of your choice below or call the Michigan Soybean Checkoff office in Frankenmuth at 877-769-6424 and provide the location of the program, your name, phone number and the number of people attending. Please pre-register by Friday, January 3 for the Portland and Caro locations, and by Friday, January 10 for all other locations.


  • January 7 at Wagon Wheel American Grill, 7888 E Grand River Ave., Portland, MI 48875
  • January 9 at The Brentwood Restaurant, 178 Park Dr., Caro, MI  48723
  • January 14 at Cabela's, 110 Cabela Boulevard East, Dundee, MI 48131
  • January 16 at Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
  • January 22 at GreenMark Equipment, 16700 Heimbach Road, Three Rivers, MI 49093
  • January 23 at The Trestle Stop Restaurant, 3366 M-40, Hamilton, MI 49419

Time All programs will begin at 9 a.m. and will end with a complimentary lunch.


9 a.m.  Registration and coffee

9:15 a.m.  Soybean Checkoff and Association Updates - Local MSPC and MSA board members

9:30 a.m.  Summary of the 2018 and 2019 MSU Planting Date Research - Dr Manni Singh, MSU Cropping Systems Agronomist and Tom Siler, MSU Graduate Research Assistant

10:15 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m.  2019 SMaRT On-farm Research Trial Results - Mike Staton, MSU Extension Educator

11:40 a.m.  Weed Control Challenges for 2020 - Dr Christy Sprague, MSU Weed Scientist or Weed Science Staff

12:10 p.m.  Identify Potential 2020 Research Projects and Discussion - Mike Staton & Mark Seamon

12:30 p.m.  Complimentary Lunch (courtesy of Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee)

This program has been approved for 2 pesticide applicator recertification credits.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee office in Frankenmuth at 877-769-6424 or Mike Staton at staton@anr.msu.edu or 269-673-0370, ext. 2562.