There is still time to register for the Michigan Wheat Program Summer Field Day, which is set for June 12. This year’s event is at the Michigan State University Plant Pathology Research Center, 3735 College Road, in Lansing.
On-site check-in and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:15 a.m., and wagons will pull out for the plot tour presentations at 9 a.m.
In-field stops feature presentations by MSU professors and research staff on weed and disease control, high-management wheat production, interseeding, disease resistant varieties, and “singulation” or precision planting to attain strong wheat stands.
New this year is an afternoon guided walking tour at the Mason Research Farm, which has many research plots and variety trials, including some oat and barley stands. The Mason Research Farm is at 1614 Okemos Road, Mason.
During the lunch hour, Jan Byrne of the MSU Plant Diagnostics Center will evaluate and accept ailing wheat specimens brought in by growers. The diagnostics are covered by the Michigan Wheat Program again this year as part of the Michigan Wheat Program’s “farmer’s perks.”
Comments also will be provided by Martin Nagelkirk and Dennis Pennington regarding the current crop. Both restricted-use pesticide and certified crop adviser credits will be awarded for the morning program.
“The Michigan Wheat Program’s seventh annual Summer Field Day is a unique opportunity for Michigan wheat farmers to visit research plots while the research team describes the treatments and results,” says David Milligan, chairman of the nine-member Michigan Wheat Program board and a wheat farmer from Cass City. “We have the opportunity to ask questions and see research results with our own eyes, while sharing our experiences with other growers and researchers. You never know what conversation will spur the idea for the next research proposal.”
Morning wagon tours on June 12 feature the following topics and presenters:
- Wheat Disease Management with Marty Chilvers, Martin Nagelkirk and Frances Trail
- Managing Fusarium Head Blight with Resistant Varieties with Eric Olson
- Tough Talk: Roughstalk Bluegrass Weed Control with Christy Sprague
- Sorting Through the Puzzle: Management Options for Winter Wheat with Kurt Steinke and Seth Purucker
- Comparing Wheat Planting and Interseeding Technologies with Dennis Pennington, Kalvin Canfield and Manni Singh.
- What It Is: Wheat Singulation, Population Study with Manni Singh, Kalvin Canfield
The after-lunch walking tour is at the plots on the Mason Research Farm, 614 Okemos Road, Mason. Those interested in this optional tour will drive their vehicles to the farm for the tour, which is from 2 to 4 p.m. Site maps will be provided at the morning event.
The afternoon walk will feature:
- Spring Wheat Varieties with Eric Olson
- Precision Planting and MCIA Variety Trial with Dennis Pennington, Kalvin Canfield and Manni Singh
- New Wheat Variety Releases with Eric Olson
- State Yield Trials with Dennis Pennington and Eric Olson
There is no cost to attend the Michigan Wheat Program’s Summer Field Day thanks to the Michigan Wheat Program and additional support from the Michigan Crop Improvement Association. To ensure an accurate count for lunch, seating and handout materials, RSVP at miwheat.org under the “What’s Hot” tab, or register by calling 888-943-2801.