Wheat All About It

Episode 26: Where We Are With Wireworms

Following the loss of the chemical Lindane in 2006, wireworms quickly became a destructive pest of Eastern Washington wheat farmers. Fast forward to 2017 and the larval form of the click beetle appears to be coming under control. What happened? Thanks to Washington Grain Commission funding, research to investigate wireworms was launched and much more is now known about their control. Join the conversation Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations at the Washington Grain Commission enjoyed with Aaron Esser, WSU Extension regional agronomist for wheat production, as he explains the status of research and control of the pesky wireworm.

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Episode 25: The Other Weatherman

You’ve attended the long range forecasts of the man known as “The Weatherman”—Art Douglas—for decades. Now listen to “The Other Weatherman”. Jeremy Wolf is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service located outside Spokane in Airway Heights. He sat down with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, to discuss the reasons behind last winter and spring’s abundance of moisture. Hint: it all started southwest of the Hawaiian islands.

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Episode 24: Through Wheat Colored Glasses

In “Through Wheat Colored Glasses”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, illustrates how the Wheat All About It! podcast has increased visits to the WGC website and connected with a new cadre of smartphone listeners. Yates also reveals some secrets about the podcast, while using the opportunity to hammer home the importance of wheat in the world. And don’t miss the excerpt from the book, Sapiens, which proposes that it wasn’t early humans who manipulated wheat, but rather, wheat that manipulated early humans!

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Episode 23: Shepherding a Grain Connection

In “Shepherding a Grain Connection,” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations talks with farmer and seedsman Fred Fleming as well as other individuals associated with Shepherd’s Grain, a flour company that originated in Eastern Washington and touts soil, farm and farmer sustainable in addition to a traceability. Listen to a millennial explain why knowing where food comes from is so important to her generation.

By |May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Episode 22: The Commission’s Business

In the first segment of “The Commission’s Business”, commissioners of the Washington Grain Commission discuss their observations of the current winter wheat crop and its potential for delivering a well above average harvest against the backdrop of poor prices. The second segment addresses the creation of the WGC’s 2017/2018 budget including how the WGC is tackling the falling numbers issue and the use of reserve funds to cover budget shortfalls.

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Episode 21: There’s Nothing Basic About It!

In “There’s Nothing Basic About It!”, Michael Neff, Washington State University professor of crop biotechnology, and Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations with the Washington Grain Commission, discuss the need to continue to make basic research a priority. Neff makes clear that Crispr Cas 9, the gene editing technique he describes as a game changer with the potential to revolutionize plant breeding, grew out of simple scientific curiosity.

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Episode 20: Wheat Monetization – Little by Little

In Wheat Monetization: Little by Little, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations at the Washington Grain Commission, takes listeners to Tanzania, Africa where a U.S. Wheat Associates study group he was part of recently traveled to learn how American wheat is being turned into money that funds NGO projects designed to build a country’s agricultural capacity.

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Episode 19: One for the record books!

A snowy winter and wet early spring has set Eastern Washington wheat farmers up for a good harvest, but the weather--plus the 14 week closure of the river system to repair locking systems--wreaked havoc on transporting grain into Portland with cargo ship loading delays stretching for as long as a month. In "One For the Record Books!" Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, visits the Pacific Northwest Grain & Feed Association meeting in Spokane and speaks with three grain professionals about the delays and their impact, as well as how companies that depend on the river, survived the three month shutdown.

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Episode 18: Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain with Matthew Weaver features the veteran Capital Press reporter in a conversation with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission. Together, they discuss Weaver’s journalistic philosophy and his other life as a produced playwright.

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Episode 17: Wheat’s Ups and Downs

Wheat’s Ups and Downs, devotes its first segment to a presentation given by Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission at Farm Forum held in Spokane last February. He looks at present and future opportunities for the Pacific Northwest’s wheat industry in the Philippines, Japan, Korea and Latin America. The second segment, from the same meeting, is an investigation of the poor wheat fundamentals farmers are facing now. Randy Fortenbery, Washington State University agricultural economist who holds the Tom Mick Endowed Chair in Small Grains Economics, delivers the bad news.

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