Wheat All About It

Episode 126: Busy Art Bettge Makes Soft White Wheat His Business

5.21.19 For those who live in Moscow, Idaho, Art Bettge is a two term city councilman. But for those involved with the Pacific Northwest wheat industry, Bettge is a cereal chemist with 40 years of experience. After retiring from the Pullman-based Western Wheat Quality Lab in 2008, Bettge opened a consulting firm specializing in the […]

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Episode 125: The Falling Numbers Test Meets the Hypobaric Chamber

5.14.19 Wheat samples will be graded using a new protocol—and a new measurement device—to provide more accurate falling number test results for the 2019 harvest. Stephen Delwiche, a scientist with the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discusses traveling to a U.S. Army research facility to develop an important part of the […]

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Episode 124: A Visit To Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams, continues

In the second part of a visit to Lower Monumental Dam sponsored by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, and the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, learn more about the functioning of the dam’s giant lock and the importance of Tainter valves. Episode 124, entitled: A Visit to Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams continues,” also takes you inside the dam with its maze of narrow passageways to discover how modern technology is preparing the structure for another 50 years of service. Back above ground discover how upgraded fish passage has encouraged salmon survival  and learn why the river is so important to farmers and others who live in the PNW.   Subscribe to Wheat All About It! on iTunes or other podcast apps like Stitcher, Pocket Cast, Overcast, Radio FM and others, or listen on your computer at wagrains.org.

By |May 7th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 124: A Visit To Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams, continues

Episode 123: A Visit To Lo Mo, The Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams

It’s been 50 years since the first barge passed through the lock at Lower Monumental Dam on April 15, 1969, only a few months before the first moon landing, which is why episode 123 of Wheat All About It! is entitled: A Visit To Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams. During the coordinated three week outage of river traffic on the Columbia/Snake river system in March, a  tour organized by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association and the Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, allowed visitors to view the on-going maintenance and repairs that are necessary as part of operations at the aging infrastructure. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as dam staff details lock operations at the remote, but crucial link in the PNW grain chain.

By |April 30th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 123: A Visit To Lo Mo, The Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams

Episode 122: The World Wheat O’Clock Report Returns!

Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, takes over the news anchor chair in episode 122 of Wheat All About It! entitled: The World Wheat O’clock Report Returns. The wheat report brings listeners news about our favorite crop as well as stories that affect agriculture and farmers across the Pacific Northwest and the nation. Get the latest on herbicide resistance, glyphosate lawsuits, a late maturity alpha amylase forecast and  more!

By |April 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 122: The World Wheat O’Clock Report Returns!

Episode 121: Investigating Insects–And Climate Change–With UI’s Sanford Eigenbrode

Insect population as well as insect biodiversity are on the decline according to many studies and while insects can damage crops, the wholesale reduction is not positive for agriculture. Find out why in episode 121 of Wheat All About It! when Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, speaks with the University of Idaho’s distinguished professor of entomology in an episode entitled: “Investigating Insects—And Climate Change—With Sanford Eigenbrode”. Insects are more than nuisances. They are an integral part of the ecology of agricultural fields.

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Episode 120: The National Wheat Yield Contest Stumbles, But Gets Up Again

4.9.19 U.S. wheat acreage is down, partly in response to other crops like corn and soybeans, providing greater return per acre.  Raising the yield of wheat is one way to combat such competition, which was the goal of the National Wheat Yield Contest when it started four years ago. But the contest left out an important component: Quality. In episode 120 of Wheat All About It! Steve Joehl, director of the contest under the auspices of the National Wheat Foundation, addresses the competition’s goals as well as its missteps in an episode entitled: The National Wheat Yield Contest Stumbles, But Gets Up Again.

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Episode 119: Part Two: Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing–With Vince Peterson

4.2.10 U.S. Wheat Associates has seen their budget rise substantially in 2019 thanks to a President Trump initiative called the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program or ATP which will funnel an additional $8.25 million into the organization’s trade efforts over the next three years. Listen in to episode 119 as the president of U.S. Wheat Associates outlines how that money will be spent to increase America’s wheat exports in an episode entitled: “Part 2: Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing—With Vince Peterson”. Peterson also addresses the threat of declining sales into Japan and explains why he agrees that Northwest soft white wheat is in an enviable position among U.S. wheat classes.

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Episode 118: Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing–With Vince Peterson

3.26.19 Fifty to seventy-five cents a bushel—that’s how much Vince Peterson, president of U.S. Wheat Associates, estimates the China trade dispute has cost U.S. wheat farmers over the last year. Although there is room for optimism if a trade deal is secured, he said it’s still unclear how the tariff war is going to play out. In episode 118, entitled: “Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing—With Vince Peterson”, the USW president talks about ongoing efforts by the organization to soothe ruffled feathers elsewhere around the world, especially in Mexico, where buyers made a concerted effort last year to buy wheat from origins other than the U.S.

By |March 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 118: Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing–With Vince Peterson

Episode 117: It Could Be Worse. It’s Not The 1980s.

3.19.19  Even in the midst of a wheat market downturn, Randy Fortenbery, who holds the Thomas B. Mick chair in agricultural economics at Washington State University, finds rays of hope. Which is why episode 117 of Wheat All About It! is titled: “It Could Be Worse. It’s Not The 1980s”.  But Fortenbery doesn’t sugarcoat the current economic malaise either, noting that farm income is significantly lower than it was just four years ago. Not to mention the cost of production rose in 2018 for almost all crop inputs. In this context, Fortenbery evaluates on-going trade discussions and how they might affect the market. 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 |March 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 117: It Could Be Worse. It’s Not The 1980s.