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Episode 98: Ag Burning: A Program That Works

10.6.18 The battle between wheat farmers wanting to maintain fire as a tool and air activists wanting to extinguish the practice, was hard fought nearly 20 years ago. Today, burning wheat stubble in Eastern Washington remains an alternative, but it is done with nary a complaint over smoke, thanks to the Washington Department of Ecology’s […]

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

Episode 97: What? Me Retire? Lessons On Life After Farming

With a generation of Eastern Washington wheat farmers on the cusp of retirement, who better to guide them through its economic and emotional complexities than farmers who have gone before? In episode 97 entitled: “What? Me Retire? Lessons on Life After Farming”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, […]

By |October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Episode 96: The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington

10.23.18 Sensors planted in fields and drones flying overhead, both collecting data to improve crops and reduce inputs, is not science fiction anymore. In episode 96 entitled, “The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington”, Andrew Nelson explains what he’s hoping to accomplish as part of an effort that has him partnering with Microsoft. […]

By |October 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Episode 95: Wolf’s Guide to Wacky Northwest Weather

10.16.18 A weak El Nino with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) in the positive phase is facing Eastern Washington wheat farmers in the 2018/2019 crop season, the same set-up that brought the region’s worst drought in modern history in the 1976/1977 crop year. But don’t despair, Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said […]

By |October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Episode 94: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green–John Deere Green!

10.9.18 Episode 94 continues an engaging discussion with Dennis Solbrack, new product engineer at the Pape Machinery location outside Colfax, Wash. In the second of two parts, Solbrack talks about the ownership of data that today’s machinery spews by the second, exactly what sort of work farmers can perform on today’s software laden equipment, competition […]

By |October 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Episode 93: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green–John Deere Green!

10.2.18 After their families, there may be nothing more important to farmers than their equipment. Regardless of the color  of that equipment—John Deere green or Case IH red, farmers are sure to enjoy episode 93 of Wheat All About It entitled: Dennis Solbrack Doesn’t Bleed Green, But He Lives Green—John Deere Green. Solbrack, who has […]

By |October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Episode 92: The World Wheat O’Clock Report

9.25.18 Want to know how much higher prices might be with China still in the market or what U.S. Wheat Associates describes as a trade time bomb? Have you heard about the fourth GE wheat discovery or the Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of pulse heavy dog food diets? Episode 92 of Wheat All About […]

By |September 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Episode 91: A Vacation Everyday! Harvest With Mike Carstensen

9.18.18 Even a vacation has it’s bad days, but mostly holidays are experiences that recharge a person’s batteries to return to the grind of the workaday world. For WGC Commissioner Mike Carstensen, however, farming is, “A Vacation Everyday.” In episode 91 of Wheat All About It!, Scott Yates joined Carstensen in his combine in late […]

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Episode 90: An Ideal Season For Our Favorite Crop

9.11.18 After several seasons of less than perfect weather resulting in less than ideal wheat crops in Eastern Washington, 2017/2018 returned the region to a more traditional harvest outcome. Listen to country elevator staff rate the season in episode 90 of Wheat All About It! entitled: An Ideal Season For Our Favorite Crop. Subscribe to […]

By |September 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Episode 89: Fascinating Things II: A Conversation With Craig Morris, Director of the Western Wheat Quality Lab

9.4.18 If you think club wheat’s distinctive head is what makes it special to the Japanese and other countries that specify it in their tenders, think again! In episode 89, Fascinating Things II: A Conversation With Craig Morris, director of the Western Wheat Quality Lab, you’ll discover how breeders and cereal chemists have used club […]

By |September 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments