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Michigan wheat educational program set for June 17

LANSING, MI -- Farmers should sign up now for the Michigan Wheat Program's Summer Field Day set for Wednesday, June 17, from 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the MSU Plant Pathology Research Center, 3735 N. College Rd., Lansing, just south of the main campus.

The field day program includes presentations on most every aspect of wheat production. "The summer field day offers growers the chance to talk with researchers and see their plots firsthand, " said David Milligan, chairman of the nine-member wheat board, and a wheat farmer from Cass City. "MSU researchers who have projects funded by the Michigan Wheat Program will talk about their most recent findings, while growers have the chance to walk their plots."

"At this point, three years from the date we began collecting check-off assessments, the Michigan Wheat Program has funded more than $1 million in research," added Milligan. "Many studies are in progress and some of the results of those grower investments will be part of the presentations at the Summer Field Day."

Presentations on June 17 include wagon tours through research plots focused on:

• Wheat diseases by Dr. Marty Chilvers and Martin Nagelkirk;

• Breeding high-performance wheat by Dr. Eric Olson;

• Wheat scab nursery by Dr. Frances Trail and Beth Brisco;

• Wheat and red clover tolerance to fall and spring herbicide applications by Dr. Christy Sprague;

• Achieving winning Nitrogen combinations by Dr. Kurt Steinke and Chris Bauer; and

• Nutrient management strategies and technologies by Dr. Kurt Steinke and Mike Swoish

During morning check-in and at lunch, Dr. Jan Byrne, plant pathologist with the MSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory will collect wheat samples from farmers who have questions about damage, disease or other symptoms.The Michigan Wheat Program has arranged complimentary evaluation of samples for the state's wheat farmers through the diagnostic lab throughout the growing season.

After lunch Bruce Sutherland of Michigan Agricultural Commodities will provide a market outlook; Jody Pollok-Newsom, executive director of the Michigan Wheat Program will talk about changes in crop insurance through the USDA's Risk Management Agency; and Martin Nagelkirk, senior educator with MSU Extension will look ahead to the 2015 harvest.

RUP and CCA credits will be available for attendees and have been applied for.At the conclusion of the presentations, about 1:30 p.m., attendees have the option to drive to the MSU wheat variety trial sites at the Mason-area farm, which will be hosted by Dr. Eric Olson, MSU Wheat Breeder.

There is no cost to attend the Michigan Wheat Program's Summer Field Day thanks to the support of the check-off program, Michigan Crop Improvement Association and MSU Extension.However, to ensure an accurate count for lunch, wagon space and handout materials, please RSVP by 5 p.m. June 11 at under "What's Hot" or register by calling 888-WHEAT01 (888-943-2801). Those needing special accommodations need to contact the Michigan Wheat Program prior to the event so arrangements can be made.

The Michigan Wheat Program is a check-off organization funded by nearly 8,000 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 have been top priorities for the organization.