Wheat All About It

Episode 133: Soil Quality Steals The Spotlight!

7.9.19 Are researchers and farmers measuring the right components of soil health? That’s the question driving the Soil Health Institute, an organization which intends to analyze soil samples from 120 different North American sites (including several in Eastern Washington) to determine whether changing farming practices can result in farmers getting more out of their soil […]

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Episode 132: The Wicked Problem of Herbicide Weed Resistance

7.2.19 Herbicide weed resistance has more than one cause. In addition to the chemistry of the product, there’s how it is marketed as well as the human impulse to continue using what’s working—until it doesn’t work anymore. That complexity is why weed scientists call resistance the wicked problem, hence the title of episode 132: The […]

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Episode 131: If Glyphosate’s Glory Days Are Gone, What Comes Next?

6.25.19 A conversation with two WSU weed scientists about the on-going controversy over the most used agricultural chemical in America yields fascinating insights in episode 131 entitled: If Glyphosate’s Glory Days Are Gone, What Comes Next? Weed scientists Drew Lyon and Ian Burke, discuss the debate which include emotional accusations from one side that the […]

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Episode 130: Small But Strong: Ben Barstow’s Love Affair With Farming

6.18.19 Many farmers will test other professions before returning to the farm. Ben Barstow never had a farm to return to, but working on his grandfather place south of Colfax while growing up, whetted his appetite for an agrarian life. As a result, he pursued an undergraduate and masters degree in plant protection and worked […]

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Episode 129: There’s Something For Everyone In The 2017 Ag Census

6.11.19  Chris Mertz, Northwest regional director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, provides a wheat-centric view of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, a once every five year effort to quantify agriculture in the United States. In episode 129 entitled: There’s Something For Everybody in the 2017 Ag Census, Mertz addresses the decline in the number […]

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Episode 128: Straight From The Brumby’s Mouth

6.4.19 Wheat farming is not a one size fits all sort of endeavor. Go anywhere in the world and you’ll find farmers who have adapted practices to their soils and their environment, as well as access to nutrients, technology and equipment. In episode 128 of Wheat All About It! entitled: Straight From The Brumby’s Mouth, […]

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Episode 127: Busy Art Bettge Makes Soft White Wheat His Business–The Sequel

5.28.19 In the second half of a conversation with cereal scientist Art Bettge, learn about the different versions of soft white wheat grown in the Northwest—known as 510s and 212s—and how they impact the “sweet spot” when blended with high protein red wheats. Also, in episode 127 entitled: Busy Art Bettge Makes Soft White Wheat […]

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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.

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