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  • AgBioResearch

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists conduct innovative research in the areas of food, energy and the environment.


  • Northwest Michigan Hort Research Center: An overview

    The 100-acre NWMHRC sits in the five-county northwestern region that produces almost half of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and is responsible for 83 percent of sweet cherry production in Michigan.

  • Corey Guza

    Corey Guza, director of research and agronomy for Michigan Sugar Company, says a research partnership with Michigan State University is critical to the success of the sugar beet industry.

  • A Maize of hybrids

    AgBioResearch scientists are conducting corn hybrid trials across the state in 19 locations, running 14 grain trials and 11 silage trials. All told, with 346 hybrids grown, an amazing amount of information is provided to growers.

  • Supporting Michigan's maple syrup industry

    Researchers at the W. K. Kellogg Experimental Forest are working to improve sap sugar content in sugar maple trees. Identifying high-sugar planting stock will help Michigan maple syrup producers be more competitive in the marketplace.

  • Thinning Thickens the Plot

    About eight years ago, researchers at the Dunbar Forest Research Center started a new red pine plantation. The key to getting red pine well-established here is to get it planted in dry areas.

  • Enhancing Potato-Production Strategies

    Researchers at Montcalm Research Center conduct in-depth field, nutrient-management and production strategy research for Michigan potato growers.

  • Advancing Michigan cherry production: From root to fruit

    Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientists at Clarksville Research Center are looking at the advantages and economics of various protective covering systems for cherries.

  • Battling Oblique Banded Leaf Roller in cherry production

    The cherry industry is big business in Michigan. However, one pest threatening the fruit is the Oblique Banded Leaf Roller. Research projects at MSU AgBioResearch's Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center are working to address the issue.

  • Montcalm Research Center: An Overview

    Researchers at the Montcalm Research Center focus their research efforts on potatoes and dry beans.

  • Effective pheromone pest control

    Researchers at Trevor Nichols Research Center are looking at new ways to deliver pheromones for mating disruption and pest control.

  • Investing in Seed Potatoes

    The Michigan potato industry brings in roughly $160 million dollars at the farm gate. The state is also considered one of the top producers of potatoes used for potato chips.

  • MSU explores insect population dynamics in bioenergy

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists at the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center are looking at the impacts of bioenergy cropping systems on insect diversity and the services insects provide, such as pollination and pest suppression.

  • From here to organic: Navigating the transition

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists discuss projects aimed at helping growers transition to organic farming without suffering financially or compromising their land.

  • Ben Phillips

    Ben Phillips, a Michigan State University Extension educator in Saginaw County, shares the most rewarding part of helping growers.

  • Infrastructure investment for a new state-of-the-art dairy research and teaching facility

    MSU is a leader in dairy cattle research, education and outreach and seeks to enhance its infrastructural capacity to deliver on the future needs of the dairy industry.

  • Farmers Want to Know: When will the rain let up?

    Published on June 21, 2019
    Agricultural meteorologist sat down in late June 2019 to provide a projection of where things were headed for the weeks and months ahead. He reports it will get warmer and dryer eventually, but it might take a while.

  • Chronic Wasting Disease

    Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids (deer, elk and moose). Michigan State University is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to address CWD.

  • Reciprocal Research: A Guidebook to Centering Community in Partnerships with Indigenous Nations

    Published on April 22, 2021
    Reciprocal Research: A Guidebook to Centering Community in Partnerships with Indigenous Nations provides potential scenarios and thought-provoking activities to support researchers in developing and maintaining robust partnerships.

  • MSU Turfgrass Research Update 2017

    Published on May 1, 2018
    Dollar spot continues to be among the most important diseases on golf course turf in terms of the percentage of golf course pesticide/fertilizer budgets that are spent to control it.

  • Michigan’s status as tourism hotspot grows

    Published on April 1, 2013
    Tourist spending in the Great Lakes State increased about 6 percent in 2012 and should see a similar increase of 5.5 percent in 2013, according to MSU AgBioResearch's Sarah Nicholls and Dan McCole.