The Michigan Wheat Program Board of Directors is and has been focusing on research since its inception. To date, more than 130 research projects have been funded and nearly $3.2 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.
In the short term, funds were focused on high-management, herbicide work, a cover crop project with oilseed radish, nutrient and nitrogen management and some data analysis to establish a baseline of wheat production in the state.
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 on an annual basis.
The categories of research projects funded includes:
- Cover crops
- Double crop soybeans
- Nutrient management
- Variety trials
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!