A record $21,358 for forage-related research projects has been distributed through the Midwest Forage Association (MFA) to forage research agronomists and Extension personnel in three Midwestern states.

Funds were awarded through MFA’s Midwest Forage Research Program (MFRP) to projects specifically addressing one or more MFA research priorities. The criteria used to determine which proposals are funded include industry need, cost effectiveness and partnership.

Winning proposals were:

  •   Legume Grass Mixture For Improved Horse Pastures, Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota;
  • On-Farm Evaluation Of Five Cool-Season Grasses And Alfalfa-Grass Mixtures, Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota;
  •  Fall Harvest Management Of Alfalfa Cultivars With Different Fall Dormancy, Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University;
  • Evaluating Twin-Row Corn-Silage Production, Kevin Jarek, University of Wisconsin;
  • Effect Of Foliar Fertilizers And Foliar Fungicides On Alfalfa Yield and Quality, Lori Nagel, University of Wisconsin;
  • Wisconsin Alfalfa Yield And Persistence Project, Mike Rankin, University of Wisconsin;
  • Evaluation of Silicone Surface-Based Hay Preservative For Large Square Bales, Kevin Shinners, University of Wisconsin;
  • Application Of Dairy Slurry On Alfalfa Fields And Effect On Nutritive Value And Silage Fermentation Characteristics Of The Harvested Forage, Wayne Coblentz, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.  

Some projects received full funding. Others were partially funded where researchers were able to leverage other matching funds, notes MFA president Beth Nelson.

“The MFRP is integral in maintaining an infrastructure intended to address the priority research needs of MFA’s forage producers,” she says. “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.”

The MFRP was started in 2007 in response to an MFA member survey that revealed forage-related research was the No. 1 priority among members. Since its inception, the program has distributed more than $95,000 to research projects across Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin