Michigan Corn Industry Research Priorities

Corn Marketing Program of Michigan
Kristin Poley, Director of Research and Agronomy
13750 S. Sedona Pkwy, Suite 5
Lansing, MI 48906

Priority Area 1: Enhance the value of the Michigan corn industry through new and expanded corn markets and value-added uses.

(Specific Priorities in order of importance)

  • Innovative new uses for corn and corn by-products that are environmentally friendly, relevant to consumers and applicable on a large scale.
  • Enhance markets for corn, ethanol, spirits, and/or corn-based co-products.
  • Strengthen the understanding of soil carbon capture and storage as it relates to sustainable agriculture practices, corn stover, and carbon and biofuel markets.

Priority Area 2: Corn production systems that are sustainable, protective of the environment, and economically feasible.

(Specific Priorities in order of importance)

  • Pest management practices related to herbicide resistant weeds and emerging pest and disease concerns.
  • Evaluate practices to reduce nutrient loss and improve water quality.
  • Develop strategies to mitigate negative effects of climate variability including increased frequency of rainfall events or extended periods of reduced rainfall.

Priority Area 3: Improve profitability of farm businesses.

(Specific Priorities in order of importance)

  • Enhance precision technology production systems to improve management of inputs.
  • Integrate cost effective production methods that may be high input or low cost, ultimately achieving profitable corn production.


Updated September 2023