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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 […]

Episode 118: Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing–With Vince Peterson

3.26.19 Fifty to seventy-five cents per bushel—that’s how much Vince Peterson, president of U.S. Wheat Associates, estimates the China trade dispute has cost U.S. wheat farmers over the last year. Although there is room for optimism if a trade deal is secured, he said it’s still unclear how the tariff war is going to play […]

Episode 117: It Could Be Worse. It’s Not The 1980s.

3.19.19  Even in the midst of a wheat market downturn, Randy Fortenbery, who holds the Thomas B. Mick chair in agricultural economics at Washington State University, finds rays of hope. Which is why episode 117 of Wheat All About It! is titled: “It Could Be Worse. It’s Not The 1980s”.  But Fortenbery doesn’t sugarcoat the […]

Episode 116: Art Douglas Forecasts From His Gut

3.12.19 The 35 day government shutdown in late December and January meant that long range weather forecaster Art Douglas didn’t have access to the usual data he uses to make his forecast. As a result, episode 116 of Wheat All About It! is entitled “Art Douglas Forecasts From His Gut”.  Douglas, whose presentation at Spokane […]

Episode 115: Falling Number Past, Falling Number Future: Time Travel With OSU’s Andrew Ross

3.5.19 The final of three episodes from the second Falling Number Summit held in Portland Jan. 29 – 30 features Oregon State University’s wheat quality guru providing a falling number history along with a glimpse of the future in episode 115 entitled: “Falling Number Past, Falling Number Future: Time travel with OSU’s Andrew Ross”. In […]

Episode 114: When Scientists Speak Falling Numbers, Farmers Should Listen

2.26.19 In the second of three episodes devoted to the second Falling Numbers Summit held in Portland Jan. 29 – 30, listen in as a new generation of scientists bring powerful new technology to address the challenges of low falling numbers and the discounts that result. In episode 114 entitled: When Scientists Speak Falling Numbers, […]

Episode 113: Falling Numbers Friction–Upcountry Lessons From HighLine Grain’s Paul Katovich

2.19.19 In the first of a three episode special devoted to the second Falling Numbers Summit held in Portland in late January, Paul Katovich, general manager of HighLine Grain Growers based in Waterville, addresses how country elevators and farmers have been impacted by the discountable phenomenon. In episode 113 entitled: Falling Numbers Friction—Upcountry Lessons from […]

Episode 112: All Aboard the Greg Guthrie Express, BNSF’s Director of Ag Products

2.12.19 The Snake/Columbia River System is an important conduit for shipping Eastern Washington wheat to market, but so is the BNSF rail system which was purchased by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in 2011 for $44 billion. In episode 111 of Wheat All About It! entitled: All Aboard the Greg Guthrie Express, BNSF’s Director of Ag […]