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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

Juggling thousands of balls

WSU’s statistical geneticist makes sense of data
By Scott A. Yates

As recently as a decade ago, wheat breeders had a couple of hundred data points—that is, sets of measurements—to base their decisions on which preliminary lines to advance. It was difficult to make sense of all the numbers, but not impossible.

Fast forward to 2016 and thanks […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Relationships, relationships, relationships

The three most important elements to sell wheat overseas

There’s a lot about the world wheat market that is out of the Washington Grain Commission’s control. The organization can’t influence the weather, foreign farmers’ planting decisions or ocean shipping rates, among other global events. But what sway it lacks in those sectors, the WGC makes up […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Better, stronger, faster: the $15 million greenhouse

By Mike Pumphrey, WSU spring wheat breeder

It’s been a little over a year since the doors to the expanded Washington Grain Plant Growth Facility opened, or if you measure time like Washington State University (WSU) winter wheat breeder Arron Carter, it’s been enough time to grow 6,500 new doubled-haploid breeding lines. 

Thanks to the vision, support, […]

By |January 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Snake River Dams — Facts

by Pacific Northwest Waterways Association

The Columbia Snake River System is a 465-mile river highway that provides farmers and other producers as far as the Midwest access to international markets.1
The Snake River experienced a 60% increase in cargo movement from 2011 to 2014.2
4,361,000 tons of cargo were barged on the Snake River in […]

By |October 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments