Phil Needham will present at Wheat Wisdom Webinar Series on Feb. 24

The author will cover topics related to fall wheat management and combine residue management.

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Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Wheat Program’s six-part Wheat Wisdom Webinar Series kicked off Feb. 17 via Zoom and Facebook live. Angie Setzer did a fantastic job talking about the nuances of marketing the wheat crop in 2021 and beyond. 

The second webinar presenter on Feb. 24 is Phil Needham, co-owner of Needham Ag Technologies in Calhoun, Kentucky. Needham will speak about fall wheat management and combine residue management. Needham hailed from a wheat and barley family farm in Lincolnshire, England, and has been working in the United States for nearly 30 years, promoting European-style intensive wheat management to growers.

After a quick update on Michigan wheat happenings by Michigan Wheat Program executive director Jody Pollok-Newsom, Needham will provide the keynote presentation followed by time for a question-and-answer session.

Each Wednesday webinar (schedule below) begins at 8 a.m. and runs 90 minutes. There are 1.5 CCA and 1 RUP credit for each workshop, so long as participants attend via Zoom and take the survey at the end to enter their information. To register for the Wheat Wisdom Webinar Series via Zoom, visit the Michigan Wheat Program website. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation. The Monday prior to the webinar, you will receive a reminder email with the link and instructions to access the Zoom webinar. Participants located in Michigan will receive a free copy of "A Farmer's Guide to Wheat Diseases" ($36 value), compliments of the Michigan Wheat Program.

Thanks to a unique partnership, these webinars will also be available via Facebook for live viewing and interaction. Check in through your Facebook account and watch at Michigan Wheat or MSU Extension Field Crops. Thanks to our partnership with Terry Henne and WSGW, you can also watch by viewing the Facebook pages of WSGW Radio, Farm Service 790 and 94.5 The Moose. CCA and RUP credits are not available for the sessions viewed on Facebook Live. To get the credits, you must participate via Zoom.

The schedule and speaker lineup is as follows:

Feb. 17 – Wheat Marketing
Angie Setzer, vice president of Grain, Citizens Elevator, LLC, in Charlotte, Michigan

Feb. 24 – Fall Wheat Management and Combine Residue Management
Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies in Calhoun, Kentucky

March 3 – Checkoff into Practice: Research on High-Yielding Wheat in Kansas
Romulo Lollato, associate professor of wheat and forages, Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas

March 10 – Enhancing Wheat Yields in Europe and the US
Pete Berry, head of crop physiology and principal scientist, ADAS, in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

March 17 – Fine Tuning Wheat
Peter Johnson, wheat expert and retired provincial cereal specialist for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs in Ontario, Canada

March 24 – Wheat Crop and Research Update
Dennis Pennington, wheat specialist, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan

As is customary, the Michigan Wheat Program’s 2021 Winter Wheat Wisdom Webinars will be free to Michigan wheat farmers and friends of the Michigan wheat industry. Advance registration is required if you plan to attend via Zoom so that you will receive the link the Monday prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Pennington at or 269-832-0497.

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