Michigan Corn Industry Research Priorities

Submitted by:
Michigan Corn Growers Association
Jim Zook, Executive Director
(517) 668-2676

Strategic Plan Areas of Interest and Proposal Focus

The corn growers of Michigan are interested in funding research and demonstration initiatives that reflect the interests of the corn industry and will return significant value to corn farmers who fund those efforts. Projects that include partners that create multi-disciplinary interactions, leading to outcomes that reflect future farming systems are strongly encouraged.

Projects are sought that meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Enhancing the value of the Michigan corn industry through new and expanded corn markets and value-added uses.
    • Strengthen multi-discipline connections to research innovative new uses for corn and corn by-products that are environmentally friendly and relevant to consumers
    • Enhance local, national, international markets for corn, ethanol, and/or corn-based co-products.
    • Strengthen the understanding of soil carbon stores as it relates to sustainable agriculture practices and enhances the opportunities associated with carbon and biofuel markets.
  • Supporting research that looks at corn production systems that are sustainable, protective of the environment and economically feasible.
    • Water management, water quality, drainage and/or irrigation: cost effectiveness of water management practices and their impact on the environment. Cost/benefit and feasibility of emerging technologies and utilizing these technologies to improve efficiency, production, or environmental protection.
    • Pest management related to weeds, insects, diseases, nematodes, wildlife, and microorganisms that are environmentally sound, socially acceptable, and economically feasible: cost/benefit and feasibility of pest monitoring and control. Impact of new technologies and products including comparisons of effectiveness and impact on yield. Long-term strategies that incorporate climate change, genotyping, consumer preference, and conservation.
    • Cost effective production methods that may be high input or low cost, ultimately achieving profitable corn production.
    • Fill research gaps that are necessary to guide current event policy decisions. Supporting research that improves the financial future for farm families and businesses.
    • Enhance the decision-making processes from precision generated data relative to input management, cost effectiveness and in-season testing across seasons.

Last Updated: August 2021