Episode 128: Straight From The Brumby’s Mouth

6.4.19 Wheat farming is not a one size fits all sort of endeavor. Go anywhere in the world and you’ll find farmers who have adapted practices to their soils and their environment, as well as access to nutrients, technology and equipment. In episode 128 of Wheat All About It! entitled: Straight From The Brumby’s Mouth, […]

Episode 127: Busy Art Bettge Makes Soft White Wheat His Business–The Sequel

5.28.19 In the second half of a conversation with cereal scientist Art Bettge, learn about the different versions of soft white wheat grown in the Northwest—known as 510s and 212s—and how they impact the “sweet spot” when blended with high protein red wheats. Also, in episode 127 entitled: Busy Art Bettge Makes Soft White Wheat […]

Episode 126: Busy Art Bettge Makes Soft White Wheat His Business

5.21.19 For those who live in Moscow, Idaho, Art Bettge is a two term city councilman. But for those involved with the Pacific Northwest wheat industry, Bettge is a cereal chemist with 40 years of experience. After retiring from the Pullman-based Western Wheat Quality Lab in 2008, Bettge opened a consulting firm specializing in the […]

Episode 125: The Falling Numbers Test Meets the Hypobaric Chamber

5.14.19 Wheat samples will be graded using a new protocol—and a new measurement device—to provide more accurate falling number test results for the 2019 harvest. Stephen Delwiche, a scientist with the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discusses traveling to a U.S. Army research facility to develop an important part of the […]

Episode 124: A Visit to Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams, continues

In the second part of a visit to Lower Monumental Dam sponsored by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, and the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, learn more about the functioning of the dam’s giant lock and the importance of Tainter valves. Episode 124, entitled: A Visit to Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of […]

Episode 123: A Visit To Low Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams

4.30.19 It’s been 50 years since the first barge passed through the lock at Lower Monumental Dam on April 15, 1969, only a few months before the first moon landing, which is why episode 123 of Wheat All About It! is entitled: A Visit To Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams. During […]

Episode 122: The World Wheat O’Clock Report Returns!

4.23.19 Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, takes over the news anchor chair in episode 122 of Wheat All About It! entitled: The World Wheat O’clock Report Returns. The wheat report, brings listeners news about our favorite crop as well as stories that affect agriculture and farmers across […]

Episode 121: Investigating Insects–And Climate Change–With UI’s Sanford Eigenbrode

Insect population as well as insect biodiversity are on the decline according to many studies and while insects can damage crops, the wholesale reduction is not positive for agriculture. Find out why in episode 121 of Wheat All About It! when Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, speaks […]

Episode 120: The National Wheat Yield Contest Stumbles, But Gets Up Again

4.9.19 U.S. wheat acreage is down, partly in response to other crops like corn and soybeans, providing greater return per acre.  Raising the yield of wheat is one way to combat such competition, which was the goal of the National Wheat Yield Contest when it started four years ago. But the contest left out an […]

Episode 119: Part 2: Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing–With Vince Peterson

4.2.10 U.S. Wheat Associates has seen their budget rise substantially in 2019 thanks to a President Trump initiative called the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program or ATP which will funnel an additional $8.25 million into the organization’s trade efforts over the next three years. Listen in to episode 119 as the president of U.S. Wheat Associates […]