ST. PAUL, MN
The board of directors of the Midwest Forage Association is distributing more than $20,000 in Midwest Forage Research Program funding to research projects received in response to its request for proposals (RFP). Now in its eighth year, the MFRP has funded more than $115,000 in forage-related research projects since its inception.
Begun in 2007 in response to a member survey that revealed that forage-related research was the #1 priority among members, the MFRP continues to address issues deemed by its members as research priorities.
In January, MFA distributed its request for proposals to forage agronomists and extension personnel at the land grant universities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The RFP called for the submission of one-year, forage related research proposals which specifically addressed one or more of MFA's research priorities. Projects were funded based upon a number of factors including industry need, cost effectiveness, and partnership.
The board of directors distributed funding to the following six proposals:
· On Farm Evaluation of Annual Forage Crops for Cover Crop Forage - Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota;
· Seeding Rates and Plant and Stem Density as Tools to Estimate Forage Yield in Glyphosate Tolerant Alfalfa - Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University;
· Assessment of Corn Silage Kernal Processing Score via Digital Image Processing Techniques - Brian Luck, University of Wisconsin;
· Strategies to Reduce Damage from Aphanomyces Root Rot on Alfalfa - Deb Samac, USDA-ARS;
· Wisconsin Alfalfa Yield and Persistence Project - Mike Rankin, University of Wisconsin; and
· Optimizing Establishment Success and Persistence of Alfalfa When Seeded with Corn Silage - Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin.
The MFRP is critical in maintaining an infrastructure intended to address the priority research needs of MFA's forage producers. It is hoped that with continued focus on the benefits and results of these projects both funding and participation in the program will continue to grow.
For full reports of previous MFRP projects, visit the "Members Only" research tab on the MFA website at www.midwestforage.org.