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.

Agronomic practices:

  • 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.

Pest management:

  • 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

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