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 Click here for the 2021 Research RFP.

Research is an integral part of what we are all about. State farmer dollars invested in research for corn have already resulted in the further development of corn-based markets such as ethanol, carpeting, fabrics, salt substitutes, and plastics that replace petroleum-based products.

Research requests for proposals (RFP) are distributed to parties interested in advancing Michigan’s corn industry through new and improved markets or through innovative production practices. Each year the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) board of directors, with help from Michigan Corn Growers Association board members, meets to hear proposals and votes to fund projects they feel meet their criteria and will add value to the corn industry. In addition to the research projects funded through this process, the CMPM partners with other corn growing states to fund large-scale national projects that are too costly for an individual state to fund on their own.

The focus of Michigan Corn’s research program includes projects that increase the profitability of Michigan corn production, increase market opportunities or improve the environmental footprint of corn production. Projects should focus on value-added projects; new product development; efficiency gain in current markets; enhancement of current, traditional markets; business or marketing plans; and information or value to enhance areas of production problems or global issues.

2014 - 2015 Projects

Understanding Nutrient Impacts and Sources at the Watershed Scale to Enhance Environmental Stewardship

Dr. Joan Rose
Michigan State University

Developing management strategies for glyphosate/ALS-resistant Palmer amaranth in Michigan corn Production Systems

Palmer amaranth is a pigweed relative that demands concern for prevention, early detection and management strategies as its impact is devastating on corn yields. Dr. Sprague has found that it also contains not one, but several pathways of resistance to herbicides. This three-year project has garnered recommendations for preemergence and postemergence herbicide programs and they are published in the MSU Weed Control Guide.
Dr. Christy Sprague
Michigan State University

What can UAV, airborne and satellite remote sensing tell us about water, nitrogen and phosphorous in corn?

This project is looking at use of remote sensing devices to determine nutrient levels in corn. This includes sensing methods utilizing different platforms and light wavelengths to determine excess and deficiencies of water, nitrogen and phosphorus. The goal is to prove the effectiveness of these devices in helping implement better nutrient management.
Dr. Bruno Basso
Michigan State University

i-SALUS: a web-based agronomic decision support system to help farmers optimize water and nutrients, increase resource use efficiency and reduce environmental impacts

This project is using SALUS (System Approach to Land Use Sustainability), which is designed to model continuous crop, soil, water and nutrient conditions under different management strategies for multiple years. This tool will allow farmers to enter alternate nutrient levels, crop management, tillage systems, rotations, plant populations and planting dates to simulate changes in their current production practices. It then simulates the effect of changes over periods of time with known weather conditions to provide information to farmers on the effect of various changes.
Dr. Bruno Basso
Michigan State University

Integrating 4R nutrient management and soil health to optimize Michigan corn production

This project identified and adapted corn nitrogen strategies that look specifically at placement, timing and source of nitrogen to improve corn yields and reduce N rates of application. Additionally, the objective is to determine the effects of cover crops both individually and in combination with the 4R nutrient stewardship practices on soil microbial populations, corn yield and soil health. The study used two sites (East Lansing & Richville, MI) to analyze the effects of these processes across different soils and climates.
Dr. Kurt Steinke
Michigan State University

Utilizing farmers’ changed nitrogen application technologies to demonstrate improved nutrient management practices. i.e. late season/pre-tassel N applications -

This project is taking a look at different timings of Nitrogen application to corn. The intent is to provide feedback on rates and timing in N application. This is specifically looking at late season, pre-tassel applications to provide for reduced rates of N use and better timing of application for yield improvement.
Marilyn Thelen
Clinton County, MSU Extension

Attaining 300 bushel yields on high productive soils through climate tolerant hybrids, increased population density and nitrogen management

This is a project that targets specific high corn yield management strategies. It seeks to maximize yields through climate tolerant hybrids, increased populations densities at planting, and improved nitrogen management through better rate control and improved timing of application.
George Silva
Eaton County MSU Extension

Thumb Ag Research and Education (TARE)

TARE performs hybrid and product performance trials for corn growers in five counties of Michigan’s Thumb area. Projects are conducted on farm cooperator’s land but planted and harvested by TARE staff and shared through Extension events in the area.
Bob Battel
Huron County MSU Extension

The Center for Excellence Road Show: demonstration and farm tour for area farmers

The Center for Excellence celebrates its 20th year of conducting on-farm trials in Lenawee County. They have demonstrated and educated many growers on topics ranging from tillage to new technologies. Fertilizer products and rates, hybrids, pest control products and cover crops have all been a part of these on-going projects, conducted on two local farm cooperators.
Lenawee County Conservation District

Mapping aquifer yield and drawdown from the enhanced wellogic dataset

This project has processed the newly available, Enhanced Wellogic data set in order to compile updated yield and drawdown maps of the glacial and bedrock aquifer systems of Michigan. This data set contains about 50% more usable glacial aquifer data statewide than the previous model. This has potential to improve the estimated groundwater availability from local areas in the state.
Dr. Dave Lusch & Steve Miller
Michigan State University

Using Cover crops with wheat to improve rotational profitability

The hypothesis seeks to measure the enhanced corn and soybean yield response from a rotation that incorporates wheat and cover crops. Moving into the third year the project has followed changes in diseases, weeds, input costs and yields over two locations in the state, East Lansing and Richville. Click here for a report on the first two years.
Dr. Dean Baas
Michigan State University

Michigan Corn Stover Project

- Implications of removing corn stover on corn yield and soil quality are the target of this project. As a precursor to potential future lingo-cellulosic ethanol biorefineries the project is focusing on utilizing the stover for livestock feed in the short term. The project looks at corn stover harvest logistics, transportation and storage on through agronomic and environmental impacts of such a practice. Report coming soon
Dennis Pennington, Kurt Thelen & Eric Anderson
Michigan State University

Goss’s wilt: an emerging problem for Michigan corn producers

Goss’s wilt is a devastating bacterial disease of corn, discovered in Nebraska but has been confirmed in 4 counties of Michigan. The is a proactive research and educational effort to reduce the impact of Goss’s wilt and develop and deliver management strategies to commercial and seed corn growers. Report coming soon
Dr. Martin Chilvers
Michigan State University