(Posted Wed. Jan 30th, 2013)

Jan. 30: As growers prepare for the National Corn Growers Association’s action team and committee meetings, Off the Cob speaks with representatives from the teams about their group’s activities. During these interviews, the attendees offer information on a variety of subjects covered that they feel to be of particular interest to farmers.

Today, Off the Cob features an interview with Research and Business Development Action Team Vice Chair Gary Lamie, a farmer from West Point, Ind. Lamie began by describing his team’s mission.

“On the team, we look to apply scientific knowledge to ensure ever increasing opportunities for corn growers,” he explained. “So, we invest in projects that we think fit that mission. For instance, we just started a new plant phenotyping initiative which will support enhanced field phenotying locations and enhanced field-based analytical measurements.”

Lamie went on to breakdown what the project does saying simply, “the project will look at how hybrids perform in the fields and make sure that the measurements and characteristics judged are done so on a basis that is comparable across the board.”

The team has many other projects currently underway including an investigation of maize nanoparticles and possible medical applications that could reduce the side effects of some medications. Additionally, the team supports projects that look at a wide variety of chemicals and solvents that could be produced using ethanol.

Finally, Lamie spoke about the two major genotyping projects with the team supports: the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database and the National Agricultural Genotyping Center.

“Our team is very excited about progress toward the National Agricultural Genotyping Center which will utilize technology developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy to make genotyping faster and less expensive,” he explained. “The completed center will be of benefit to not just corn farmers but to all of agriculture. Through NAGC, a broader array of scientists and researchers will have access to cutting edge technologies that can help efficiently, cost effectively develop better varieties and examine disease-related issues.”

For additional information on the Maize Genetics and Genomics Database, click here.

For additional information on the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, click here.

In addition to Lamie, team members include Chair DeVonna Zeug, Corn Board Liaison Bob Bowman, Paul Herringshaw, Larry Hoffman, Wayne Humphreys, Jeff Jarboe, Deb Keller, Ray Allen Mackey, Tom Mueller, Jay Schulte, Scott Sperry, Bob Timmons and Greg LaPlante.

To listen to the interview in full, click here.

This story is the final in a series looking at the challenges and opportunities to be faced by NCGA’s action teams and committees in the months ahead.