Wheat All About It

Episode 48: Dana Herron–The Seedsman Commissioner

11.21.17 Dana Herron is the longest serving commissioner on the Washington Grain Commission and co-owner of Tri State Seed, based in Connell. In episode 48 entitled, “Dana Herron—the Seedsman Commissioner,” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the WGC, talks with him about his history, his evolution in the seed business and his forecast for the future of the seed business. 

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Episode 47: The World Wheat O’Clock Report

11.14.17 Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, is back in the anchor’s chair with another edition of “The World Wheat O’Clock Report,” a summary of wheat-centric news culled from websites, periodicals, newspapers and commission material. There’s never a dull moment in the wheat industry if you know where to look! 

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Episode 46: The Challenge That Will Not Wait

11.7.117 Join the conversation about herbicide weed resistance in episode 46 entitled, “The Challenge That Will Not Wait”. Drew Lyon, extension weed specialist at Washington State University and Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission discuss the evolving challenge, including how natural selection—a concept first raised by Charles Darwin about evolution—can be applied to weeds. Lyon believes farmers must use all the tools in their toolbox, including targeted tillage, to successfully overcome herbicides that are no longer effective.

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Episode 45: Counting What Matters

10.31.17 Chris Mertz, regional director of the Northwest Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistic Service, talks with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, in episode 45 of Wheat All About It! entitled: “Counting What Matters”. Mertz briefs listeners on the upcoming Census of Agriculture, an every five year effort that provides a snapshot of agriculture throughout the Pacific Northwest and the nation. He also addresses farmers concerns about USDA reports negatively moving the wheat market as well as “survey fatigue”, a syndrome caused by too many reports and too few farmers.

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Episode 44: Location, Location, Location

10.24.17 In the second part of a podcast featuring the director of Washington State University’s Variety Testing Program entitled, “Location, Location, Location,” Ryan Higginbotham provides an overview of 2016/2017 winter wheat nursery trial data based on production zones. Higginbotham also discusses “facultative planting” or planting hard red spring wheat varieties in the late fall and winter. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, for episode 44 of Wheat All About It!—a fascinating look at the program the WGC supports to the tune of $175,000 annually.

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Episode 43: The Vagaries of Varieties

10.17.17 Ryan Higginbotham, director of Washington State University’s Variety Testing Program, looks back over the 2016/2017 wheat growing season from the perspective of someone who farms throughout Eastern Washington's diverse precipitation zones in the first of a two part interview. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as he talks with Higginbotham about the weather, private companies, the increasing number of program entries and other challenges in episode 43 of Wheat All About It! entitled, The Vagaries of Varieties.

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Episode 42: There’s Nothing Like Soft White Wheat!

10.10.17 In Episode 42 of Wheat All About It! join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as he speaks with Matt Weimar, U.S. Wheat Associates regional vice president for South Asia based in Singapore, and Joe Sowers, assistant regional vice president, based in the Philippines. Both men praise the quality of the Pacific Northwest’s flagship wheat class in an episode entitled: “There’s Nothing Like Soft White Wheat!” But there are challenges ahead. Learn about the Chinese wheat demand equation and how Turkish flour imports into the region could again squeeze grain shipments.

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Episode 41: The Only Constant Is Change

10.3.17 In Episode 41 of Wheat All About It! take a visit to the Ritzville Museum where the man in charge, L.R. Keith, reminds listeners that “The Only Constant is Change”. Keith provides a tour of the museum as he talks about the community’s settlement by German immigrants and its one time designation as the largest wheat shipping point in the world! He also introduces listeners to the telegraph, technology that put the Pony Express out of business. Wheat All About It! can be accessed by clicking the podcast icon on your smart phone and searching for Wheat All About It. You can also get the podcast at the WGC website at wagrains.org (scroll to the bottom of the page) or by subscribing on iTunes, search for Wheat All About It. For those with slow internet speed at home, think ahead to download episodes when you have strong cell service (four bars is fast) or anywhere Wi-Fi is available—and listen to the episode later in your truck, combine, tractor or easy chair.

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Episode 40: Not Just Wheat Country Anymore?

9.26.17 In Episode 40 of Wheat All About It! Tim McGreevy, CEO of the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, predicts an Eastern Washington summer fallow future that will include thousands of acres of winter peas. Entitled, “Not Just Wheat Country Anymore?” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, and McGreevy, have a wide ranging conversation about pulse agronomics, prices and how food trends for both people—and their pets—are falling in the pulse industry’s direction.

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Episode 39: You wanna talk weather? We’ll talk weather!

9.19.17 “You wanna talk weather? We’ll talk weather!” is the title of the second Wheat All About It! podcast featuring Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist at the National Weather Service based in Spokane. With Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, asking questions about inland Northwest weather, Wolf gives listeners a primer on the meteorological phenomenon that makes Eastern Washington the place to grow small grains.

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