Michigan Wheat Industry Research Priorities
The goal of the Michigan Wheat Program is to improve the profitability of wheat production by increasing grain yields, promoting
cost-effective production inputs, and addressing threats to grain quality. The MWP recognizes the need for conducting applied
research; assessing and understanding markets and potential markets; developing and delivering information and educational
programs; and encouraging communications and collaboration within the production sector and between industry partners. The
following are some priority research and educational objectives by category.
- improve the efficiency and management of nitrogen fertilizer;
- identify plant nutrients that may be limiting grain yields;
- refine management practices to improve wheat establishment;
- promote sound harvesting practices to minimize harvest losses and optimize grain quality;
- study the use and benefits of cover crops;
- measure the effects of crop rotations on the performance of wheat and subsequent crops;
- assess the interaction of planting dates, fertilization, and seeding practices;
- identify differences in varietal response to agronomic inputs;
- evaluate opportunities for double cropping.
- evaluate the efficacy of fungicides, herbicides and insecticides;
- develop management strategies to mitigate losses due to pests;
- identify and assess diseases threatening to wheat;
- evaluate the interaction of pesticides, varieties and agronomic practices;
- develop strategies to manage Fusarium head scab to help insure a quality product for end-users.
Variety development and evaluation
- identify new public and private varieties that may prove beneficial to MI growers;
- evaluate the response of wheat lines and varieties to high management practices;
- develop superior varieties exhibiting greater yield potential, disease resistance and grain quality;
- initiate or collaborate on efforts that address the quality losses due to Fusarium head scab.
Marketing, economic and production analysis:
- identify financially feasible production and marketing practices;
- understand current markets and their potential/saturation;
- understand the flow ofMI wheat in the marketplace;
- disseminate information regarding current market trends and marketing strategies;
- explore new market uses;
- explore new markets including niche markets;
- explore options for developing markets to serve MI companies;
- identify and summarize current production practices employed by MI growers.
Education and outreach activities
- develop and implement strategies to expedite the adoption of sound and profitable practices;
- develop educational products such as bulletins, fact sheets, research summaries, and powerpoint presentations that
- address issues related to a profitable wheat industry;
- identify and implement methods that promote information delivery;
- supply cutting edge information to growers to make economically sound production decisions;
- share sound information with growers regarding potential new markets and opportunities;
- assist growers in participating in on-farm research.
Updated October 2015