Cover crops, alfalfa yields, alfalfa pests and interseeding alfalfa into corn are topics of several research projects recently awarded funding by the Midwest Forage Association (MFA).

MFA will bestow more than $20,000 through its Midwest Forage Research Program (MFRP), launched in 2007 after members indicated that forage-related research was their top priority.

MFRP has so far dispersed more than $115,000 to forage-related research projects conducted by forage agronomists and Extension personnel at Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin land-grant universities. Projects are funded based on industry need and cost effectiveness, as well as other factors.

The projects and their lead researchers are:

  • 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 Kernel 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.
  • Optimizing Establishment Success and Persistence of Alfalfa When Seeded with Corn Silage, Mark Renz, University of Wisconsin.