The Michigan Wheat Program’s 2018 Summer Field Day is set for Wednesday, June 13. This year’s field day event will be at the MSU Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd. in Frankenmuth.
On-site check-in and a continental breakfast begin at 8:15 a.m., and wagons pull out for the plot tour presentations at 9 a.m.
“Every year nearly 200 of the state’s wheat farmers take time out of our fields to view research results firsthand and talk with researchers about what they see and how we can apply their results on our farms,” said David Milligan, chairman of the nine-member Michigan Wheat Program board and a wheat farmer from Cass City.
“The board sees the Summer Field Day as one of the ways we report back to the growers,” Milligan said. “Those who attend can see the results for themselves, ask questions and share ‘best practices’ with other farmers and the researchers. It is a very worthwhile event.”
Morning wagon tours on June 13 feature the following topics and presenters, who are funded in part by the Michigan Wheat Program:
- Wheat Variety Improvements – MSU wheat breeder Dr. Eric Olson
- Weed Control Research – Dr. Christy Sprague
- Wheat Disease Control Topics – Dr. Marty Chilvers, Dr. Frances Trail and MSU wheat educator Martin Nagelkirk
- Soil Fertility Considerations – Dr. Kurt Steinke
- Starter Phosphorous Treatment – MSU wheat specialist Dennis Pennington
- Precision Planting – Dr. Manni Singh
Dr. Jan Byrne of the MSU Plant Diagnostics Center will evaluate and accept any ailing wheat specimens brought in by growers for either on- site diagnostics or to be taken back to the University for further evaluation. The diagnostics service cost continues to be covered through the Michigan Wheat Program.
An after-lunch highlight is Dale Nellor, vice president of government and technical affairs for the North American Millers’ Association of Washington, DC.
A Wisconsin native, Nellor has worked in legislative and public affairs for USDA Rural Development as senior vice president for legislative affairs for the American Meat Institute, and as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. At the Summer Field Day, Nellor will speak about “Wheat: The National View.”
A “Marketing the Crop” presentation by Cody Harris from Star of the West also takes place in the afternoon, followed by a season wrap-up with Martin Nagelkirk and Dennis Pennington.
Michigan Wheat Program executive director Jody Pollok-Newsom will close out the day.
Upon leaving the event, farmers may obtain a map and list from MSU wheat breeder Dr. Eric Olson showing wheat variety plot trials in the area to visit on the way home.
The Michigan Wheat Program has requested 6 RUP credits and 4 CCA credits combined in the areas of Nutrient Management, Integrated Pest Management, Crop Management and Professional Development.
There is no cost to attend the Michigan Wheat Program’s Summer Field Day thanks to the Michigan Wheat Program and additional support from the Michigan Crop Improvement Association.
To ensure an accurate count for lunch, wagon seating and handout materials, please RSVP at www.miwheat.org under the “What’s Hot” tab. Or register by calling 1-888-WHEAT01 (888-943-2801).
The MWP is a check-off organization funded by the state’s wheat farmers who grow wheat in 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties. The Michigan Wheat Program promotes the state’s wheat industry by funding and supporting the strategic priorities of wheat farmers by working with input suppliers, seed producers, millers, end users and consumers.
Research and grower education are top priorities for the organization.