2019 Winter Grower Meeting

MSU Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Farm – 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI
Wednesday, March 20, 2019: 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  –  Industry Displays

9:00 a.m.  – Welcome & Introductions, David Milligan, Michigan Wheat Program Chairman

9:15 a.m.  – Announcement of New Varieties to be Released, Eric Olson, MSU Wheat Breeder

New Wheat Varieties to Advance Michigan Wheat Yields, 2018 and 2019

Soft White Winter Wheat Variety Releases Handout (PDF)

Soft Red Winter Wheat Variety Releases Handout  (PDF)

Stripe Rust Susceptibility of Michigan Wheat Varieties Handout  (Word Document)


9:45 a.m. – National Wheat Issues, Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG)

National Association of Wheat Growers Backgrounder Handout  (PDF)

Wheat:  An Essential Grain NAWG Handout  (Word Document)


10:10 a.m. – BREAK – Industry Displays

10:55 a.m.  –   MI Wheat Program Update, Jody Pollok-Newsom, Executive Director


11:15 a.m.  –   Roughstalk Bluegrass Control, Christy Sprague, MSU Weed Scientist

Roughstalk Bluegrass Control in Winter Wheat Handout (PDF)


11:45 a.m. –  Industry Displays & Lunch

1:00 p.m. –  Keynote Presentation:  Dr. Pierce Paul, Professor and Fusarium head blight expert, Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University

Management of Fusarium Head Blight (Scab) and Vomitoxin: Lessons Learned from More than a Decade of Research PowerPoint  (PDF)

MSU Extension Bulletin:  Managing Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat Handout  (Word Document)

2:00 p.m. – New!  MSU Production Roundtable

  • Dr. Marty Chilvers  (wheat disease)
  • Dr. Eric Olson  (wheat breeder)
  • Dr Manni Singh  (wheat agronomy)
  • Dr. Kurt Steinke  (nutrient management)
  • Dr. Christy Sprague  (herbicides in wheat)
  • Moderators:  Martin Nagelkirk  (wheat educator) and Dennis Pennington  (wheat specialist)


3:30 p.m. –  Resources for 2019 and RUP/CCA Credits for Growers

  • Martin Nagelkirk, MSU Extension Wheat Educator
  • Dennis Pennington, MSU Wheat Specialist

Wheat Information Resources PowerPoint  (Word document)

Wheat Varieties Tested for Susceptibility to Pre‐harvest Sprouting Handout  (PDF)

Precision Planting in Wheat Handout (PDF)

Wheat Diagnostics Form and Directions Handouts  (PDF)

4:00 p.m.  – Adjourn, David Milligan, Michigan Wheat Program Chairman