Completed Research

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 - Dr. Christy Sprague, Michigan State University
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.

What can UAV, airborne and satellite remote sensing tell us about water, nitrogen and phosphorous in corn? - Dr. Bruno Basso, Michigan State University
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.

i-SALUS: a web-based agronomic decision support system to help farmers optimize water and nutrients, increase resource use efficiency and reduce environmental impacts - Dr. Bruno Basso, Michigan State University
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.

Integrating 4R nutrient management and soil health to optimize Michigan corn production - Dr. Kurt Steinke, Michigan State University
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.

Utilizing farmers’ changed nitrogen application technologies to demonstrate improved nutrient management practices. i.e. late season/pre-tassel N applications - Marilyn Thelen, Clinton County, MSU Extension
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.

Attaining 300 bushel yields on high productive soils through climate tolerant hybrids, increased population density and nitrogen management - George Silva, Eaton County MSU Extension
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.

Thumb Ag Research and Education (TARE) - Bob Battel, Huron County MSU Extension
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.

The Center for Excellence Road Show: demonstration and farm tour for area farmers Lenawee County Conservation District
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.

Mapping aquifer yield and drawdown from the enhanced wellogic dataset - Dr. Dave Lusch & Steve Miller, Michigan State University
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.

Using Cover crops with wheat to improve rotational profitability - Dr. Dean Baas, Michigan State University
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.

Michigan Corn Stover Project - Dennis Pennington, Kurt Thelen & Eric Anderson, Michigan State University
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

Goss’s wilt: an emerging problem for Michigan corn producers - Dr. Martin Chilvers, Michigan State University
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

2013 - 2014 Projects

Developing management strategies for glyphosate/ALS-resistant Palmer amaranth in Michigan corn production systems

Integrating 4R Nutrient Management and Soil Health to Optimize Michigan Corn Production

Attaining the 300 bushel yield goal on high productive soils through climate tolerant hybrids, increased population

Fitting Annual Winter Cereals and Red Clover into the Corn Production System to Stimulate Biofuel Biomass Production

Using cover crops with wheat to improve rotational profitability

Improving Corn Nitrogen Use Efficiency Using Unmanned Arial Vehicles Linked to Crop Modeling and Yield Mapping Technologies

Mapping Aquifer Yield and Drawdown from the Enhanced Wellogic Dataset

The Center for Excellence – Plot demonstrations in Lenawee County

Thumb Area Research & Extension (TARE) Demonstration Plot Trials

Vertical Tillage impacts on residue management and stand establishment


2012 CMPM Research Report
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2011 CMPM Research Report
2010 CMPM Research Report
2009 CMPM Annual Report
2008 CMPM Research Report
2007 CMPM Research Report
2006 CMPM Research Report
2005 CMPM Research Report

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