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Sixty years of advocacy!

By Scott A. Yates

Reading the minutes from the first meeting of the Washington Wheat Commission held on April 30, 1958 reveals the creation of an organization that went through some birthing pains.
Or as Joe Dwyer, then the director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, said as acting chairman of the organization at the inaugural […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Changes in latitudes/attitudes shift Latin America

By Joe Bippert

More than 400 Latin American millers, and those who support them, gathered in Cartagena, Colombia in late November to discuss the current state of the region’s milling markets, discover new and innovative technology, network with colleagues and receive updates from world’s wheat suppliers.

The 35th annual Latin American Wheat Milling Industry (ALIM) conference has […]

By |May 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The future of herbicides in wheat is bleak

By Ian Burke

As a research scientist, it’s not always easy to have a farmer perspective on herbicides. I suspect most farmers see the number of products available positively. Looking at the advertisements in Wheat Life and other agricultural periodicals, it appears there is an endless number of products available with new ones appearing every year.

But […]

By |May 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2018 Preferred Wheat Varieties

2018 Preferred Wheat Varieties

By |March 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wheat All About It Episode 48

Dana Herron – The Seedsman Commissioner
Dana Herron is the longest serving commissioner on the Washington Grain Commission and co-owner of Tri State Seed, based in Connell. In episode 48 entitled, “Dana Herron—the Seedsman Commissioner,” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the WGC, talks with him about his history, his evolution in the […]

By |November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wireworm threat abates

Remember wireworms? Of course you do. It wasn’t so long ago the pesky critters which come in 14 different species in the Pacific Northwest, were eating many farmers’ lunch as they ate the roots of wheat plants.

Numerous stories in Wheat Life have described the problem, which began with loss of the chemical Lindane in 2006. […]

By |November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

It takes a “Survivor” to tolerate imazamox

New barley variety intended for planting after Clearfield
 By Kevin Murphy

Barley is well known for the positive benefits it brings to winter wheat rotations. Spring barley is an early maturing crop that uses less water than wheat and can break up predominant disease cycles, often to the benefit of winter wheat. With the surge in acreage […]

By |November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Industry pushes success

By Joe Bippert

I recently celebrated my eight-month anniversary with the Grain Commission. Time flies while you’re having fun! My family is settled, kids are loving school and our garden is prolific! When hired, I was told I would need to hit the ground running, and lucky for me, I am cross country runner, because a […]

By |November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

All hands on deck

USDA-ARS, WSU scientists tackle falling numbers
By Camille M. Steber and Kimberly Garland Campbell

The 2016 growing season saw many Washington farmers crying in their coffee when a beautiful wheat harvest suffered stiff discounts for low falling numbers.

The much maligned, but still industry standard, Hagberg-Perten falling number (FN) test, is used to measure damage to wheat starch […]

By |November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Update: WGC Elections – Districts 1, 4, & 7

Due to printing delays nomination letters for wheat districts 1 and 4 and barley district 7 were not mailed to growers from Olympia in a timely manner. The letter states that nominating petitions must be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Washington State Department of Agriculture and postmarked no later than October 9, 2017. The […]

By |October 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments