Wheat All About It

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 93: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green, John Deere Green!

10.2.18 After their families, there may be nothing more important to farmers than their equipment. Regardless of the color of that equipment—John Deere green or Case IH red, farmers are sure to enjoy episode 93 of Wheat All About It entitled: Dennis Solbrack Doesn’t Bleed Green, But He Lives Green—John Deere Green. Solbrack, who has a 36 year history at the Deere location outside Colfax, talks about the evolution of machinery from hoof to “horse power”, through the introduction of hydraulics and creature comforts to today’s world of microprocessors. Solbrack also addresses the productivity of today’s combines—which come with lots of advantages—but some drawbacks too. You can subscribe to Wheat All About It! on iTunes and other podcast apps including Stitcher, Overcast and Pocket Cast and never miss an episode!

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Episode 92: The World Wheat O’Clock Report

9.25.18 Want to know how much higher prices might be with China still in the market or what U.S. Wheat Associates describes as a trade time bomb? Have you heard about the fourth GE wheat discovery or the Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of pulse heavy dog food diets? Episode 92 of Wheat All About It, entitled The World Wheat O’Clock Report, brings listeners news about our favorite crop as well as stories that affect agriculture across the Pacific Northwest and the nation. In addition to iTunes, you can now subscribe to Wheat All About It on the podcast platform, Stitcher.

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Episode 91: A Vacation Everyday! Harvest With Mike Carstensen

9.18.18 Even a vacation has it’s bad days, but mostly holidays are experiences that recharge a person’s batteries to return to the grind of the workaday world. For WGC Commissioner Mike Carstensen, however, farming is, “A Vacation Everyday.” In episode 91 of Wheat All About It!, Scott Yates joined Carstensen in his combine in late August as he finished an excellent 2018 harvest. Listen in as the pair talk about his farm, his challenges and his take on political events in the world. iPhones have dedicated podcast apps (purple icon). Press and type Wheat All About It in the finder to start listening.

By |September 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 91: A Vacation Everyday! Harvest With Mike Carstensen

Episode 90: An Ideal Season For Our Favorite Crop

9.11.18 After several seasons of less than perfect weather resulting in less than ideal wheat crops in Eastern Washington, 2017/2018 returned the region to a more traditional harvest outcome. Listen to country elevator staff rate the season in episode 90 of Wheat All About It! entitled: An Ideal Season For Our Favorite Crop. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or other podcast apps or go to wagrains.org to access Wheat All About It. Connect your smart phone by Wi-Fi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

By |September 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 90: An Ideal Season For Our Favorite Crop