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Interested in ideas that could increase your chance of improving wheat yields? Michigan State University (MSU) Extension will host a meeting focusing on winter wheat management from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 3 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

CONTACT: Beth Stuever at 517-432-1555, ext. 105, or Martin Nagelkirk at 810-648-2515

Learn How to Optimize Wheat Income at Upcoming Meeting

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Interested in ideas that could increase your chance of improving wheat yields? Michigan State University (MSU) Extension will host a meeting focusing on winter wheat management from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 3 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. The meeting includes a buffet lunch.

"There is an opportunity for winter wheat to perform well this year, and we need to protect that potential," says Martin Nagelkirk, MSU Extension educator and the organizer of the meeting. "The aim of this program is to help wheat growers get profitable yields of high quality wheat in 2011. In addition, we would like to give growers a better sense of the Michigan industry and what it might take for it to progress in the years to come."

The full-day meeting is jam-packed with knowledgeable speakers who hope to move the wheat business forward. Janet Lewis, wheat breeding specialist from MSU, will discuss current priorities of breeding and its future. Bob Boehm, manager of the Commodity and Marketing Department at Michigan Farm Bureau, along with Jim Howe, vice president of the Elevator Division of Star of the West Milling, will discuss industry trends and give an overview of the Michigan wheat industry. Peter Johnson, provincial cereal specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, will give steps to increase wheat yields. Last, Pierce Paul, a cereal pathologist from the Ohio State University, will explain how to avoid wheat yield loss and disease by using current research.

"There are not many educational meetings in the state that focus specifically on winter wheat," Nagelkirk points out. "We are bringing together key movers and shakers in the wheat business so growers can take advantage of their combined knowledge and learn about new developments in research that can aid them with the production of the crop."

Pre-registration is required to attend. To register call Martin Nagelkirk at 810-648-2515 or e-mail him at nagelkir@msu.edu by Feb. 25. RUP and CCA credits are offered. The cost of the program is $40 per person. Write checks to MSU Extension and mail to 37 Austin St., Sandusky, MI 48471.

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