The Farmer Board of Directors of the Michigan Wheat Program (MWP) is hoping to invest in innovative research projects that will help growers increase yields and quality, as well as ideas for new markets and uses.
"In our December 2012 strategic planning session, one thing was clear: for us to reach our yield and quality goals, we need to fund high-quality research that delves into these important issues," says David Milligan, the Cass City-area farmer that chairs the groups' nine-member board. "We hope this first formal funding cycle will move us toward that goal."
The MWP board is seeking research projects that will touch on various aspects of production, including rotation, cover crops, nutrients, inputs, pests and disease. The board is also interested in more market-driven projects that will provide an overview of production practices, current wheat markets and uses and export markets.
"Delivering the highest quality product to the market is a key goal of the [Michigan Wheat Program]. Research programs that assist growers in delivering high-quality, high-yielding wheat that keep production profitable will be considered for support," adds Milligan.
The full Request For Proposals and a budget submission form can be found on the MWP website at www.miwheat.org by clicking on "Research" under the "Industry" tab. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 4. Researchers chosen for funding will be notified by April 30. A pre-award presentation may be requested.
The Michigan Wheat Program is funded by nearly 8,000 wheat farmers residing in 50 counties in the state. These 8,000 growers plant about 500,000 acres per year resulting in an average crop of about 40 million bushels. Learn more by visiting www.miwheat.org or calling 888-WHEAT01 (888-943-2801).