The Research Program

The Michigan Wheat Program Board of Directors is and has been focusing on research since its inception. To date, nearly 150 research projects have been funded and more than $3.45 million has been invested in research to further the wheat industry mainly through addressing quality and yield issues.

The research program was a high priority for the Michigan Wheat Program board, which met for the first time in December of 2011. In August 2012, the board met with researchers at Michigan State University to fund some research projects, ensuring researchers had time to plan and get their wheat planted in the fall.

Early in 2013 and again in July, the request for proposals was sent to researchers and contacts across the US. Proposals were received and more research was funded. Additional projects have been funded since then and the Request for Proposals has been disseminated and additional projects are being submitted and funded on an annual basis.

The categories of research projects funded includes:

  • Breeding & Genetics
  • Cover Crops & Soil Health
  • Crop Rotation
  • Diagnostics
  • Disease
  • Double crop with soybeans
  • Equipment
  • Fertility  (formerly Nutrient Management)
  • Foliage Canopy
  • High Management
  • Insect & Pests
  • Marketing
  • Precision Planting
  • Processing
  • Quality Rotation
  • Straw
  • Variety Selection
  • Weeds

As results of these projects become available, the Michigan Wheat Program will post information in this section of the website and highlight it in our Wheat Wisdom e-newsletter. Check back often!