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Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC) invests corn checkoff dollars in production research to identify best management practices that ensure Indiana corn farmers are the most productive they can be with less cost to the environment and their business.  In addition to working directly with farmers, ICMC, along with Indiana Soybean Alliance collectively invest over $500,000 per year in university research projects with Purdue University, University of Notre Dame and Indiana University to identify solutions to environmental stressors such as weeds, pests, drought and soil-borne diseases.

What’s the benefit? The goal is to develop methods and tools that enhance yield and composition and new ways to control pests and manage diseases, all while producing corn in a sustainable, environmentally acceptable manner.

Research is conducted through partnerships with:

Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center

ICMC provided $1 million in corn checkoff funds for the new automated plant phenotyping facility at Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) to support research and develop students to, ultimately, benefit Indiana’s corn farmers.

A few facts about the center:

  • 25,500 square-foot facility and 1,400-acre research station designated to support state-of-the-art research in automated field phenotyping
  • Phenotyping is the process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics An additional $1 million from ICMC will be placed into an endowment to fund corn research related to plant phenotyping and technology innovation

“This opportunity gives us a chance to invest corn checkoff dollars in a project that will benefit farmers now and in the future. We believe that not only the research but also the students who will be trained here will play a vital role in helping farmers remain efficient and sustainable.” –David Gottbrath, former ICMC Board Member and farmer from Pekin, Ind