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Episode 73: Falling Numbers, Rising Optimism

5.15.18 Are you one of the hundreds of farmers hit with low falling number discounts in the 2016 harvest? Then you’ve got to listen episode 74 of Wheat All About It! entitled, Falling Numbers, Rising  Optimism, about how the Pacific Northwest wheat industry navigated the tricky political waters of Washington, D.C. to secure funding for […]

Episode 72: Spring Seeding with the WGC’s Mike Carstensen

5.2.20 In Episode 72 of Wheat All About It! entitled, Spring seeding with the WGC’s Mike Carstensen, join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as he talks with one of the newest members of the board. Carstensen covers an array of issues including wheat quality, falling numbers, the […]

Episode 71: A Conversation with Syngenta’s Northwest Wheat Breeder, Jen Vonderwell

5.1.18 Jen Vonderwell, Syngenta’s new Northwest wheat breeder speaks with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, in episode 71 of Wheat All About It, entitled:  A Conversation with Syngenta’s Northwest Wheat Breeder, Jen Vonderwell. Although she didn’t grow up on a farm, her Midwest sensibility (she was born […]

Episode 70: Chad Shelton, Man of Many Herbicides

4.24.18 In episode 70 of Wheat All About It entitled Chad Shelton, Man of Many Herbicides, listen in as Shelton, who has worked for four different national and international companies during a 30 year career in Eastern Washington,  discusses how the farmers of the region shaped him as a man and agronomist. Shelton also talks […]

Episode 69: Oklahoma! Where Brett Carver Comes Breeding on the Plains

4.17.18  Brett Carver has spent more than 30 years breeding wheat at Oklahoma State University which gives him a unique perspective on the Great Plains mindset about releasing quality cultivars. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations at the Washington Grain Commission, as Carver talks about quality in a region of the country […]

Episode 68: Extreme Wheat–Pushing Yields Higher

4.10.18 In episode 68 of Wheat All About It, listen in as a British scientist with ADAS UK Ltd., relates his research in a podcast entitled: Extreme Wheat—Pushing Yields Higher. Peter Berry, a crop physiologist and principal scientist for the overseas independent research and consulting firm, believes crop resources exist to push wheat yields north […]

Episode 67: Limagrain Shakes Things Up

4.3.18 “Limagrain Shakes Things Up” is the title of episode 67 of Wheat All About It!, which includes interviews with three Limagrain Cereal Seeds executives focusing on the company’s innovative approach to wheat breeding and wheat marketing. Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission speaks with Jim Peterson, Limagrain’s […]

Episode 66: Return of the Road, River & Rail: Casavant Talks Transportation

3.27.18 In episode 66 of Wheat All About It!, Ken Casavant, transportation economist at Washington State University, concludes his conversation with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations with the Washington Grain Commission. Casavant addresses the cost of loading ships in Portland, the consolidation of upcountry cooperatives from a transportation perspective, salmon numbers in […]

Episode 65: The Call of the Road River & Rail: Casavant Talks Transportation

3.20.18 Ken Casavant, agricultural economist at Washington State University, speaks with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, in episode 65 of Wheat All About It! entitled: “The Call of the Road, River and Rail: Casavant Talks Transportation!” Casavant, who has taught and researched the economics of the state’s […]

Episode 64: Alex McGregor Counts His Blessings, Continued

3.13.18 In Episode 64 entitled “Alex McGregor Counts His Blessings, Continued,” the chairman of The McGregor Company, reveals his passion for telling the story of farm families, the clout farmers have despite their declining numbers and how a company that was built on sheep now has no sheep at all despite his own fondness for […]