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Webinar series focuses on wheat production

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WHEAT SERIES: Registration is free for the Wheat Wisdom Webinar, sponsored by the Michigan Wheat Program.
Wheat Wisdom Webinars will be held every Wednesday for the next five weeks.

The Michigan Wheat Program’s Wheat Wisdom Webinar series will feature Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies in Calhoun, Ky., on Feb. 24. The weekly programs occur via Zoom and Facebook, beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesdays and run about 90 minutes.

Needham, who grew up on a family farm in eastern England, will present "Fall Wheat Management and Combine Residue Management."

Needham graduated from Lincolnshire College of Agriculture and then Cranfield University with a four-year agricultural technology degree. He moved to the U.S. in 1989 to expand a European crop management program that’s credited with doubling Kentucky wheat yields over 20 years.

After founding Needham Ag Technologies in 2006, he began working with Midwest growers and gives 70 crop management and equipment seminars a year. He has written five books on winter and spring wheat management. Needham is considered a “vehicle of technology” for the way he transfers wheat management research and experience between different production regions.

The Wheat Wisdom Webinar set for 8 a.m. March 3 features Romulo Lollato, associate professor of wheat and forages production, Kansas State University. Lollato will speak on "Checkoff into Practice: Research on high-yielding wheat in Kansas."

Lollato got his bachelor's degree in agronomy in Brazil, and his master's in plant and soil sciences and doctorate in crop sciences from Oklahoma State. He’s now associate professor of agronomy at Kansas State, specializing in wheat and forages. Lollato is associate editor for Agronomy Journal and a reviewer for several other ag journals. He grew up on a wheat-corn-soybean farm in Brazil.

For each day, the main production speaker will be featured after Michigan Wheat Program Executive Director Jody Pollok-Newsom provides an update on Michigan Wheat Program activities. Terry Henne from WSGW will emcee a question-and-answer session for the main speaker, after he concludes.

There is one certified crop adviser credit and one restricted-use pesticide credit for each workshop — so long as participants attend on the Michigan Wheat Program/MSU Extension Zoom link and take the survey at the end to enter their information.

To register for the Michigan Wheat Program/MSUE Zoom link, visit and look at the “What’s Hot” box on the left. Register there and you will receive an email with the link and instructions to access the Zoom webinar on the Monday before the event.

The Michigan Wheat Wisdom Webinars also are broadcast live via Facebook. Check in through your Facebook account and watch at Michigan Wheat or MSU Extension Field Crops.

Through a partnership with Terry Henne and WSGW, you can view the webinar at the Facebook pages of WSGW radio, Farm Service 790, and 94.5 The Moose. Neither CCA nor RUP credit are available for the sessions when viewed on Facebook Live. To get the credits, you must participate via Zoom.

Webinar series

The Wednesday Wheat Wisdom Webinar lineup includes:

8 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 24. Phil Needham, "Fall Wheat Management and Combine Residue Management," Needham Ag Technologies of Calhoun, Ky.

8 to 9:30 a.m. March 3. Romulo Lollato, "Checkoff into Practice: Research on high-yielding wheat in Kansas," associate professor of wheat and forages production, Kansas State University

8 to 9:30 a.m. March 10. Pete Berry, "Enhancing Wheat Yields in Europe and the U.S.", head of crop physiology and principal scientist, ADAS, in North Yorkshire, England

8 to 9:30 a.m. March 17. Peter Johnson, "Fine-tuning Wheat," wheat expert and retired provincial cereal specialist for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in Ontario, Canada.

8 to 9:30 a.m. March 24. Dennis Pennington, "Wheat Crop & Research Update," wheat specialist, Michigan State University

As is customary, the Michigan Wheat Program’s 2021 Winter Wheat Wisdom webinars are free to Michigan wheat farmers and friends of the Michigan wheat industry. Advance registration is required, so that you will receive the link before the event.  Visit and register under the “What’s Hot” link on the left.

The Michigan Wheat Program is funded by nearly 8,000 farmers who grow wheat in 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties. For more information on the Michigan Wheat Program, visit

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