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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

Washington Wheat’s Journey

Ride along as we take a look at the life cycle of Washington wheat from research and breeding to farming, milling and consumption.

By |September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On the frontline of GE wheat detection

By Deven See

Although genetically engineered (GE) wheat has never been granted non-regulated status under U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, there have been three separate incidences of GE wheat being found in three states in the last four years.

In 2013, 2014 and most recently in 2016, a few wheat plants that had been sprayed with glyphosate […]

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

Merger mania

Seed, chemical and input companies look for economies of scale
The consolidation of six large seed and chemical companies into three even larger companies could occur before the end of 2017, barring opposition to the deals.

Dow and DuPont kicked things off in December 2015, announcing a merger valued at $130 billion. Although the two companies would […]

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

One year later. . .

Janice Cooper puts her imprint on Wheat Marketing Center
By Scott A Yates

There’s an expression about how it’s not where you start that matters, it’s where you end up. In which case, the fact that Janice Cooper is a fifth generation Californian shouldn’t be held against her. She is, after all, completing her career in […]

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

The Northwest’s Mutual Admiration Society

Corps and PNWA work together to better region’s Waterways
By Scott A. Yates

Anyone who cares about the Snake/Columbia River System knows the vital role the Corps of Engineers plays in keeping the waterway open and functional. From operations at the dams and locks to salmon restoration, dredging, flood control and ecosystem restoration, the Corps is the […]

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

Quality costs, but it also pays

In the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) budget, you’ll find a $68,175 line item for something called the G & E study, which stands for Genotype and Environment. The funding, which goes to the Western Wheat Quality Lab in Pullman is for analysis and evaluation of the quality of Pacific Northwest wheat varieties grown in different […]

By |April 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments