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Missy Bauer, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist, joined the Farm Journal Test Plots program in January 2010. The test plots, where she conducts her research, cover nearly 2,000 acres annually focusing on corn and soybeans.  She coordinates the research test plots in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio while working closely with Ken Ferrie (Farm Journal Agronomist) on the Illinois test plots.  Farm Journal brings many test plot partners to the program providing equipment and products to allow the independent plots.  Missy also works together with the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee on some specific soybean research plots. With the help of B&M Crop’s staff, plot partners and many growers we are able to plant, apply treatments, collect data, do picture evaluations, and harvest for many corn and soybean plots.

Test Plots:


  • Accushot Popup Starter Fertilizer Placement in Twin Row Corn
  • Accushot Xanthion Fungicide Placement in Twin Row Corn
  • Starter Fertilizer Popup In-furrow Placement

Smart Firmer – Row Cleaner, Planting Depth, & VRA Population Evaluation

  • Multi-Hybrid and VRA Population
  • Population by Hybrid Evaluation
  • Hybrid Plant Architecture Evaluation
  • Soil Density & Tillage

Sulfur and Phosphorus In-season Timing and Placement Including YDrop

  • Nitrogen Timing and Placement including YDrop
  • Nitrogen Rate Study
  • Nematode – Nemastrike


Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) Research Plots

  • Soybean Cyst Nematode and Sudden Death Syndrome Management with Ilevo Seed Treatment and Genetics
  • Improving White Mold Management with Variable Rate Planting & Foliar Applications in Soybeans

ILEVO Soybean Cyst/SDS Seed Treatment

Planting Speed and VRA Population Interactions

VRA Population Planting using a Planter vs a Drill

VRA Population vs Straight Rate Population

Soybean Population Study

Placement of Foliar Products Utilizing Under Cover Compared to Over The Top


Plant Growth Regulators (PGR)