Reporters invited to cover story opportunities at Michigan Wheat Program Annual Summer Field Day

Lansing, Mich.  (June 12, 2017) – The Michigan Wheat Program’s Annual Summer Field Day will have a variety of story opportunities for ag and agri-business reporters at its one-day session on Wednesday, June 14, at the Michigan State University Plant Pathology Research Farm, 3735 College Road, in Lansing.  The field day is set for 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Agenda items include:

  • Welcome and a national update by David Milligan, chairman of the Michigan Wheat Program and newly-elected as the first Michigan officer (secretary) on the National Association of Wheat Growers board of directors.
  • Plot Presentations via wagon tour from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from MSU Researchers funded by the Michigan Wheat Program.

Wheat Disease-Marty Chilvers & Martin Nagelkirk
Breeding High Performance Wheat-Eric Olson
Weed Control Research-Christy Sprague
Macro’s, Micro’s, and Magical Mixes-Dan Quinn (MS Candidate)
Wheat EstablishmentDennis Pennington & Martin Nagelkirk

  • During lunch Jan Byrne will be available to identify disease or nutrient issues in wheat plants brought in by growers.
  • A market report will be given by Nick Reigler from Michigan Ag Commodities to prepare growers for the possibilities of what they can expect from their crop.
  • A crop forecast and insights into harvest will be provided by Dennis Pennington and Martin Nagelkirk who have walked the fields in the state and have a good idea as to what the issues are facing growers at this point in the season.

Media interested in attending all or part of the Summer Field Day should contact Jody Pollok-Newsom, MWP executive director, at 1-888-WHEAT01.

The Michigan Wheat Program is funded by nearly 8,000 farmers who grow wheat in 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties. The Michigan Wheat Program board seeks to promote the state’s wheat industry by funding and supporting the strategic priorities of wheat farmers working with input suppliers, seed producers, millers, end users and consumers.  Research on wheat production practices and grower education has been an early priority for the organization.