Join US for 2017 Montcalm Field Day August 3rd
July 26, 2017

The 2017 Montcalm Field Day is scheduled for Aug. 3rd. The event is a week earlier than usual this year as we try to find a day that our researchers can provide in-field results and our growers have time to travel to Montcalm county to attend.
On the morning agenda from 9:30 to noon is the summer meeting of the Commission’s Research Committee held at the Douglass Township Hall in the village of Entrican. The rest of the day’s activities will be about three miles west of there at the Michigan State University (MSU) Montcalm Research Farm on McBrides Rd. and at the adjacent property owned by the Commission. The Industry Lunch will be served there from noon to 1:00 pm and will be followed by tours of the farm’s potato research plots. 

During lunch and throughout the afternoon we will have exhibitors set up to showcase their products and services.
Mike Wenkel, the commission’s executive director, urges growers to participate in the morning Research Committee meeting. The township hall is reserved to accommodate larger gatherings, and the Research Committee members rely on input from as many growers, processors and industry suppliers as possible as they set research priorities. The informal atmosphere is intended to draw out as many perspectives as possible on production challenges at the grass-roots level that need to be addressed. 

Wenkel said, “This open discussion has been critical in the past in identifying industry research needs. The long-term success of our industry’s research initiatives can be traced back to the productive dialogues that we have at the summer research meetings. Issues like the soil-health initiative and new pest and storage challenges and the next areas of focus for variety development often get identified at the summer research meeting. We’re hoping for a strong turnout again this year.” 

The results of current research will be on display during the afternoon tour hosted by MSU researchers.  The current schedule includes research on cover crops, soil fertility and irrigation demonstrations.  As always, a tour stop will also include current variety trials and MSU breeding and genetics program trials.  

“I would encourage everyone to come out and be a part of the day’s activities—helping identify future research priorities and learning about improving operations on our farms,” Wenkel said. 

If you are interested in attending there is still time to register on our website or you can simply show up the day of the event.