Wheat All About It

Episode 103: Glen Squires Lives, Breathes and Talks Wheat

The chief executive officer of the Washington Grain Commission takes center stage in the aptly titled podcast: Glen Squires Lives, Breathes and Talks Wheat. Squires, who took over WGC CEO duties in 2012, has been with the grain commission for 25 years. As the world becomes more complicated, so too does the world of wheat, which has Squires juggling more issues than ever. In episode 103, you’ll hear the CEO talk about dam breaching and why the river system deserves to be defended, trade treaties ahead with the potential to both hurt and help and even an update on an old favorite, hard white wheat.  Subscribe to Wheat All About It on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Player FM and other podcast apps and never miss an episode. For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, and type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly! Don’t have a smart phone? Listen on your computer at wagrains.org.

By |December 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 103: Glen Squires Lives, Breathes and Talks Wheat

Episode 102: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints a Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors, 2

12.4.18 In episode 102 of Wheat All About It!  WSU Ag Economist Randy Fortenbery continues to mine USDA numbers from the second part of a presentation he gave during the Washington State Crop Improvement Association annual meeting Nov. 12, 2018. The numbers project a European Union that will soon become the world’s biggest wheat exporter as U.S. market share shrinks.  Some argue that’s not a problem if U.S. farmers get top dollar for their production, but Fortenbery warned market share can influence price. He further cautioned that once disruptions shifts markets, trade doesn’t necessarily come back if another origin can continue to satisfy the demand. All that and more in the second half of the economist’s presentation to WSCIA membership entitled WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints a Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors, 2.

By |December 4th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 102: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints a Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors, 2

Episode 101: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors

If your livelihood depends on wheat, then you must listen to episode 101 entitled: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints a Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors. Fortenbery, who holds the Thomas B. Mick Chair in Agricultural Economics at Washington State University, addressed issues that farmers, landlords and agribusinesses care about during the Washington State Crop Improvement Association meeting on Nov. 12. In part one, Fortenbery handicaps wheat prices for the near term and a year from now, talks about the budding trade war with China and looks at the $12 billion solution USDA will provide farmers if blocked trade flow isn’t unclogged. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Player FM and other podcast apps and never miss an episode. For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, and type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly! Don’t have a smart phone? Listen on your computer at wagrains.org.

By |November 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 101: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors

Episode 100: Interviewing the Interviewer

11.20.18 The 100th episode of Wheat All About It! finds farmer and WGC Commissioner Mike Carstensen behind the microphone as he “Interviews the Interviewer”. Carstensen takes over podcast duties to interview Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission. Join Carstensen as he quizzes Yates about his family, his career and what he’s learned after more than three decades observing the wheat industry. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Player FM and other podcast apps and never miss an episode. For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, and type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly! Don’t have a smart phone? Listen on your computer at wagrains.org.

By |November 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 100: Interviewing the Interviewer

Episode 99: Howard Nelson’s Hunt: Seeking the Elusive Eastern Washington Alternative Crop

Wheat is the king of Eastern Washington’s dryland field crops, but there has never been a shortage of alternative crops seeking to share its throne. For most of his career, HighLine Grain’s Howard Nelson has been evaluating alternatives to wheat, looking for the perfect rotational fit with wheat—a search he believes has netted three definite possibilities: autumn planted peas, canola and triticale. Listen in to episode 99 entitled: “Howard Nelson’s Hunt: Seeking the Elusive Eastern Washington Alternative Crop”, as he and Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, handicap the contenders. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Player FM and other podcast apps and never miss an episode. For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, and type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly!

By |November 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 99: Howard Nelson’s Hunt: Seeking the Elusive Eastern Washington Alternative Crop

Episode 98: Ag Burning: A Program That Works

10.6.18 The battle between wheat farmers wanting to maintain fire as a tool and air activists wanting to extinguish the practice, was hard fought nearly 20 years ago. Today, burning wheat stubble in Eastern Washington remains an alternative, but it is done with nary a complaint over smoke, thanks to the Washington Department of Ecology’s agricultural burning program. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as he talks with Ecology burn program supervisor Kary Peterson, about the relationship between wild fires and ag burning, the impact of baling wheat straw on a widespread basis and reasons behind the increase in orchard pile burning with a simultaneous decline in wheat stubble burning. All that and more in episode 98 entitled: Ag Burning: A Program That Works. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Player FM and other podcast apps and never miss an episode. For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, and type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly!

By |November 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 98: Ag Burning: A Program That Works

Episode 97: What? Me Retire? Lessons On Life After Farming

With a generation of Eastern Washington wheat farmers on the cusp of retirement, who better to guide them through its economic and emotional complexities than farmers who have gone before? In episode 97 entitled: “What? Me Retire? Lessons on Life After Farming”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, speaks with two former WGC commissioners who have made the transition. Jim Walesby, who farmed near Almira, retired eight years ago. Randy Suess, who farmed outside of Colfax retired two years ago. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Player FM and other podcast apps and never miss an episode. For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, and type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly! Or listen on your computer at home.

By |October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 97: What? Me Retire? Lessons On Life After Farming

Episode 96: The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington

10.23.18 Sensors planted in fields and drones flying overhead, both collecting data to improve crops and reduce inputs is not science fiction anymore. In episode 96 entitled, "The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington", Andrew Nelson explains what he’s hoping to accomplish as part of an effort that has him partnering with Microsoft. With a degree in computer software engineering and as a farmer, Nelson believes its possible to significantly reduce input costs and improve crop efficiency. To achieve those goals, however, it’s necessary to access “the cloud”, the internet based inventory of programs and products necessary to truly bring agriculture into the 21st Century—and Nelson is working on that too. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Player FM and other podcast apps and never miss an episode. For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, and type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly! Find the complete archive of podcast episodes at wagrains.org.

By |October 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 96: The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington

Episode 95: Wolf’s Guide to Wacky Northwest Weather

10.16.18 A weak El Nino with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) in the positive phase is facing Eastern Washington wheat farmers in the 2018/2019 crop season, the same set-up that brought the region’s worst drought in modern history in the 1976/1977 crop year. But don’t despair, Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that historically dry season was a rare event and there’s plenty of variation within weather patterns. In episode 95 entitled: Wolf’s Guide to Wacky Northwest Weather, the Spokane-based meteorologist talks plenty about El Nino’s and La Nina’s, but he also explains why he believes there has been no widespread winter kill event in more 25 years, along with other insights. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on iTunes or Stitcher and never miss an episode! For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly! Find the complete archive of podcast episodes at wagrains.org.

By |October 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 95: Wolf’s Guide to Wacky Northwest Weather

Episode 94: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green–John Deere Green!

10.9.18 Episode 94 continues an engaging discussion with Dennis Solbrack, new product engineer at the Pape Machinery location outside Colfax, Wash. In the second of two parts, Solbrack talks about the ownership of data that today’s machinery spews by the second, exactly what sort of work farmers can perform on today’s software laden equipment, competition for the market with Case IH, the future of driverless combines and tractors—and more! Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission as he continues his conversation in the episode entitled: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green—John Deere Green! Subscribe to Wheat All About It! and never miss an episode. Those with iPhones can touch their purple podcast icon and type in Wheat All About It in the finder. Or subscribe with the podcast’s newest app, Stitcher.

By |October 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 94: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green–John Deere Green!