Wheat All About It

Episode 81: A Virtual Visit to the Wheat Marketing Center

7.10.18 If you’ve never been there, or if even if you have, episode 81 of Wheat All About It!, entitled: A Virtual Visit to the Wheat Marketing Center, will update you to changes that have occurred recently at one of the industry’s international technical crossroads. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as Janice Cooper, managing director of the Portland-based WMC, leads the way through the various pilot scale pieces of equipment that fuel the center’s innovative research and product development agenda. Subscribe on iTunes and other podcast apps or go to wagrains.org to access Wheat All About It. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

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Episode 80: Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, Ag Economist, part 2

7.3.18 Randy Fortenbery, WSU ag economist, schools Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, in the changing fortunes of the global wheat market in episode 80, Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, Ag Economist, part 2. Fortenbery addresses PNW farmers advantages —and disadvantages—in growing soft white wheat, the importance of “basis” in the Northwest, why the PNW needs to diversify its customer base and how he uses the weekly National Agriculture Statistic Service’s Crop Progress Report to anticipate production. Fortenbery also wades into the China question and what it means for one country to hold almost half the world’s wheat stocks.  Subscribe on iTunes and other podcast apps or go to wagrains.org to access Wheat All About It. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair. 

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Episode 79: Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, Ag Economist

6.26.18 Randy Fortenbery, comes on strong in episode 79 of Wheat All About It! entitled: Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, agricultural economist. In the first of two parts, Fortenbery’s rapid fire answers to questions posed by Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, provides farmers, landlords and agribusiness associates the inside scoop on economic issues which affect them all. Receive a semester full of knowledge in a little more than 20 minutes as the Washington State University economist addresses the accuracy of USDA reports, his forecast for the year ahead, how the absence of GMO wheat impacts acreage and more! Subscribe on iTunes and other podcast apps or go to wagrains.org to access Wheat All About It. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

By |June 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 79: Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, Ag Economist

Episode 78: The Dryland Doctor, Bill Schillinger, Part 2

6.19.18 Part two of “The Dryland Doctor, Bill Schillinger", continues with the Washington State University agronomist further educating Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, about the vagaries of growing wheat in one of the driest areas of the United States. Schillinger talks more about direct seeding, the status of the new deep furrow drill,  his skeptical optimism about the future of cover crops in the region, winter peas as a summer fallow rotation, climate change  and more! Go to wagrains.org or subscribe on iTunes and other podcast apps to access Wheat All about It! Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

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Episode 77: The Dryland Doctor, Bill Schillinger

6.11.18 “The Dryland Doctor, Bill Schillinger" is the title of episode 77 of Wheat All About It!, the first part of a two-part conversation with the research station professor and principal scientist at the Lind Dryland Research Station. Listen in as Schillinger talks about a major decision he made at 18, his experiences working overseas, summer fallow practices used by farmers in Eastern Washington’s eight to 12 inch precipitation zone, as well as the latest research investigating the wheat coleoptile. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

By |June 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 77: The Dryland Doctor, Bill Schillinger

Episode 76: What Are You Waiting For? Building Community, Demolishing Combines

6.5.18 In episode 76 in honor of the upcoming Lind Combine Demolition Derby, Wheat All About It! brings back "Demolishing Combines, Building Community”, recorded at the 2017 event. In the heart of dryland wheat country, the combine demolition derby is a fun affair for all ages. The Lind’s Lions Club host the 31th annual event June 8th and 9th. The fund raiser returns thousands of dollars to the community each year as it adds to the global happiness index. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

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Episode 75: A Few of My Favorite Podcasts

5.29.18 In episode 75, entitled, “A Few of My Favorite Podcasts” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, ranks his Top 10 Wheat All About It! podcasts. Just as children are loved the same, but differently by parents, Yates’ favorites podcasts have assorted reasons for being included on his list. Longtime listeners are free to disagree, while newer listeners may want to visit the podcast archive to find out for themselves. Older podcasts are available for streaming or download on the WGC website, wagrains.org, go to the bottom of the page and click on summaries. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck or easy chair.

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Episode 74: Meet Mr. Northwest Wheat Quality, Doug Engle!

5.22.18 Meet Mr. Northwest Wheat Quality, Doug Engle in episode 74 of Wheat All About It!, which is also the title of the podcast. Engle has worked at the Western Wheat Quality Lab of the Agricultural Research Service for 35 years, with much of that time devoted to analyzing the quality of varieties released in the Northwest. Listen in as Engle describes how the Washington Grain Commission funded Genotype & Environment Study evaluates new varieties, what dough tells him about end use and the serendipity that went into him getting his job in the first place. 

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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 73 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 a $1 million a year position at the Agricultural Research Service in Pullman focused on researching the phenomenon. Listen in as WGC CEO Glen Squires and Vice President Mary Palmer Sullivan describe how the two year effort unfolded and their joy—and surprise—that it was successful so soon. Access the podcast at the WGC website at wagrains.org or subscribe on iTunes, Overcast or Pocket Cast. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck or easy chair.

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

5.8.20 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 impact prices have had on farmers over the last decade and how he markets his grain--all while seeding! He also speaks frankly about his recent travels to China and Taiwan where the message he received from millers and bakers was loud and clear. Access the podcast at the WGC website at wagrains.org or subscribe on iTunes, Overcast or Pocket Cast. Connect by Wi-Fi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later on your smartphone in the tractor, truck or easy chair.

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