Agriculture Research in the Midwest
Michigan Ag Research conducts field trials throughout the Great Lakes region and the American Midwest. This research facility covers Agriculture Canada Zone 5, as well as U.S. EPA Region 5. Trials conducted at our Albion farm focus on seasonal field crops, tree and vine fruit crops, vegetables, and ornamentals (Winter and Spring). This research site has high disease, insect, and weed pressure, and maintains colonies of common nematode pest species of the Midwest. The station has over 200 acres with deer and security fencing to protect high value research. A separate field crop location with different soil types located 45 miles away is used for disease and insect field trials on corn and soybean.
The Michigan Ag Research facility has reliable planting, application, and harvest equipment for all Midwest crops including corn, soybean, and cereal grains. The station also has established grape vineyards and plantings of tart cherries and apples. Michigan Ag conducts a robust field trial program each year in plant pathology, entomology, nematology, and weed science. Several computer software programs analyze and interpret foliar disease and root biomass metrics, NDVI, and many drone-based aerial measurements. In addition to plant pathology, an on-site professional entomologist allows for in-depth research on worms, aphids, beetles, and other insect pests and beneficials. An on-site nematologist extracts and quantifies nematodes from field and greenhouse experiments. Our team at this facility is well known and respected in Michigan agriculture across several scientific disciplines.