Wheat All About It

Episode 69: Oklahoma! Where Brett Carver Comes Breeding on the Plains

4.17.18 Brett Carver has spent more than 30 years breeding wheat at Oklahoma State University which gives him a unique perspective on the Great Plains mindset about releasing quality cultivars. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations at the Washington Grain Commission, as Carver talks about quality in a region of the country where yield is king in episode 69 entitled: Oklahoma! Where Brett Carver Comes Breeding on the Plains. Access the Wheat All About It! 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 68: Extreme Wheat–Pushing Yields Higher

4.10.18 In episode 68 of Wheat All About It, listen in as a British scientist with ADAS UK Ltd., relates his research in a podcast entitled: Extreme Wheat—Pushing Yields Higher. Peter Berry, a crop physiologist and principal scientist for the overseas independent research and consulting firm, believes crop resources exist to push wheat yields north of 300 bushels an acre. Berry’s presentation took place at Wheat U held on Dec. 5, 2017 at the Spokane Convention Center. 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 67: Limagrain Shakes Things Up

4.3.18 “Limagrain Shakes Things Up” is the title of episode 67 of Wheat All About It!, which includes interviews with three Limagrain Cereal Seeds executives focusing on the company’s innovative approach to wheat breeding and wheat marketing. Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission speaks with Jim Peterson, Limagrain’s vice president for research; Frank Curtis, chief operating officer and Zak Gaines, technical and marketing manager. Access the podcast at the WGC website at wagrains.org or subscribe on iTunes, Overcast or Pocketcast. Wifi or four bar cellular connection makes for quick downloads which can be listened to in the tractor, truck or easy chair later.

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Episode 66: Return of the Road, River & Rail: Casavant Talks Transportation

3.27.18 In episode 66 of Wheat All About It!, Ken Casavant, transportation economist at Washington State University, concludes his conversation with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations with the Washington Grain Commission. Casavant addresses the cost of loading ships in Portland, the consolidation of upcountry cooperatives from a transportation perspective, salmon numbers in the river and the best and worst things that have happened to transportation in Washington during his 50 year career. Many newer smartphones have built-in podcast apps. Touch to activate and type Wheat All About It in the finder to listen.

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Episode 65: The Call of the Road, River & Rail: Casavant Talks Transportation

3.20.18 Ken Casavant, agricultural economist at Washington State University, speaks with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, in episode 65 of Wheat All About It! entitled: “The Call of the Road, River and Rail: Casavant Talks Transportation!” Casavant, who has taught and researched the economics of the state’s transportation infrastructure for 50 years, explains why Eastern Washington wheat farmers are blessed to be farming in a region with a complete transportation system and the “water compelled” freight rates that are the result. First of two episodes.

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Episode 64: Alex McGregor Counts His Blessings, Continued

3.13.18 In Episode 64 entitled “Alex McGregor Counts His Blessings, Continued,” the chairman of The McGregor Company, reveals his passion for telling the story of farm families, the clout farmers have despite their declining numbers and how a company that was built on sheep now has no sheep at all despite his own fondness for the animals. All that, plus how expiration dates on food led to the demise of the Hooper General Store.

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Episode 63: Alex McGregor Counts His Blessings

3.6.18 In Episode 63, entitled “Alex McGregor Counts His Blessings”, join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, in a two part conversation with the chairman of the McGregor Company. They discuss the recent transition at the agriculture retailer which saw Ian McGregor elevated to president, the emphasis on new technology, the challenges of hiring young people in today’s agriculture and the changes that have occurred during his career.

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Episode 62: Handicapping The Wheat Market

2.27.18 Mike Krueger, who founded the Fargo, North Dakota-based marketing/advisory firm, “The Money Farm,” 30 years ago, spends time “Handicapping The Wheat Market” in episode 62 of the Wheat All About It! podcast. Krueger, who spoke at the Pacific Northwest Farm Forum Feb. 7, addresses the competition facing wheat farmers, why all his clients love GMO crops, the likelihood wheat prices will pop and why more farmers should use hedging as a marketing tool.

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Episode 61: Mr. Weatherman, Art Douglas, Predicts The Future

2.20.18 Art Douglas, the long range weather forecaster who has been speaking before Pacific Northwest Farm Forum audiences since 1977, forecasts dryer conditions ahead for Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon in episode 61 of Wheat All About It! entitled: “Mr. Weatherman, Art Douglas, Predicts the Future”.

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Episode 60: Here Today, Japan Tomorrow

2.13.18 In Episode 60 entitled, “Here Today, Japan Tomorrow,” listen as Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, explains why the Pacific Northwest is on the edge of losing a substantial portion of the Japanese market, and what President Trump needs to do to save it. Spoiler alert: it’s all about America’s absence from the just concluded Trans Pacific Partnership trade treaty among its 11 remaining members, providing a pricing advantage for Australia and Canada wheat into the Japanese market.

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