​Michigan wheat educational program set for June 15 near Frankenmuth

FRANKENMUTH, MI -- The Michigan Wheat Program’s Summer Field Day features something for every Michigan farmer who’s ever had a pest-, weed-, disease-, crop rotation-, nutrient-, or production-related question about their wheat.  In other words, something for everyone.

The Summer Field Day takes place Wednesday, June 15, at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd. in Frankenmuth.  Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., and the day’s events wrap up about 2:30 p.m.

“We truly hope wheat farmers will make time to hear from the experts who are doing applied research on Michigan winter wheat,” said David Milligan, the Cass City-area farmer who chairs the nine-member board of the Michigan Wheat Program (MWP).

“This event was developed to help wheat farmers deal with the many questions that arise on the farm,” Milligan said.   “We hope farmers come to the event to talk with the researchers in the field, and view local plots to learn how high-management wheat practices and other new technologies could make sense for their operations.”

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and the wagons load for the morning tour at 9 a.m.  The morning stops will highlight weed control, nutrient management, disease management, breeding high performance wheat and the importance of rotation and cover crops.  New this year will be a demonstration on the different types of sprayer nozzles, which was a topic of interest at MWP’s Annual Meeting in March.

During lunch there will be a major announcement regarding a new partnership between wheat, sugarbeets, dry beans and Michigan State University.

After lunch, farmers can relax and listen to wheat marketing tips, and share ideas and thoughts with others.  After the program, farmers can stop by the variety trials on their way out of town to see what is on the horizon with the wheat breeding program.

The MWP is partnering with the Michigan Crop Improvement Association to sponsor the event.  There is no cost to attend.  However, for an accurate count for lunch and seating, please RSVP on the MWP website or view the full agenda at  Click on the Wheat Field Day registration form or agenda in the “What’s Hot” section on the front page.  Farmers may also call 1-888-WHEAT01 (888-943-2801) to register.