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 or industry uses. 
    • Research that enhances local, national and international markets for corn, ethanol, and or corn based co-products. 
  • Supporting research that looks at corn production systems that are sustainable, protective of the environment and economically feasible.  Michigan priorities include:
    • Water management, water quality, drainage and/or irrigation.
      • Cost effectiveness of water management practices and their impacts on the environment.  Cost/benefit and feasibility of emerging technologies. Systems approach to foresee and avert unintended consequences. Baseline data to move the industry forward and/or have impact on future policies or regulations. Watershed, field or research scale projects to achieve meaningful outcomes that are relevant to Michigan corn farmers.
    • Nutrient utilization of time, form, rate and placement.
      • Interaction of nutrients with soil types, rotations and/or water management. Utilizing emerging technology to improve efficiency, production or environmental protection. Increasing the uptake and utilization of nutrients by corn plants. Recycling nutrients for soil health. Reducing nutrient losses to water and air. Research of new equipment, technologies and biotechnology-enhanced crop traits. Building baseline data and/or assessing legacy phosphorus. Baseline data to move the industry forward and/or have impact on future policies or regulations. Cost/benefit and feasibility of new practices. 
    • Pest management related to weeds, insects, diseases, nematodes, wildlife, beneficials, and micro-organisms.
      • Cost/benefit and feasibility of pest monitoring and control. Impact of new technologies and products. Improving pest control via farmer practices. Minimizing unintended consequences to air, water, soil, plants, beneficials and/or offsite movement. Foreseeing emerging issues. Management and cultural practices that help producers minimize resistance issues. Projects that impact maintaining or registration of new control products.  Pest management strategies that are environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically feasible. New product comparisons and cost effectiveness with impact on yields. Baseline data to move the industry forward and/or have impact on future policies or regulations. Grain quality improvements in the field or in storage.
      • Conservation of resources and better understanding of the interactions of systems of any or all of the above. 
      • Long-term strategies that incorporate climate change and genotyping. Changes and impacts of consumer preferences and consumer literacy.  
  • Supporting research that improves the financial future for farm families and businesses.
    • Increasing the decision making processes from precision generated data relative to input management, cost effectiveness and in-season testing; both seasonal and multi-year. 
    • Cost effective production methods that may be high input or low cost, ultimately achieving profitable corn production. 
    • Filling gaps in current research that will be useful to guide policy decisions. 


Last Updated: October 2017