Wheat All About It

Episode 116: Art Douglas Forecasts From His Gut

3.12.19 The 35 day government shutdown in late December and January meant that long range weather forecaster Art Douglas didn’t have access to the usual data he uses to make his forecast. As a result, episode 116 of Wheat All About It! is entitled “Art Douglas Forecasts From His Gut”. Douglas, whose presentation at Spokane Farm Forum was sponsored by the Washington Grain Commission, spoke on February 5, 2019. From a La Nina in 2018, the planet is now in the grips of a very weak El Nino and while Douglas was generally optimistic about the weather coming our way for the remainder of the cropping season, he pointed out that upper level circulation in the atmosphere and sea surface temperatures are out of whack, which adds a layer of perplexity to the forecast. 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 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 116: Art Douglas Forecasts From His Gut

Episode 115: Falling Number Past, Falling Number Future: Time Travel With OSU’s Andrew Ross

3.5.19 The final of three episodes from the second Falling Number Summit held in Portland Jan. 29 - 30 features Oregon State University’s wheat quality guru providing a falling number history along with a glimpse of the future in episode 115 entitled: "Falling Number Past, Falling Number Future: Time travel with OSU’s Andrew Ross". In 1984, Ross was a young Australian working on a team to devise a better method to measure alpha amylase activity than the falling numbers test. He understands farmers’ frustration with the discounts they receive but points out that bakers are highly risk averse. Although some bakers can make wheat work with a falling number score of 160 seconds, others can’t handle 270 seconds. Why? Discover how dull knives make the difference. 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 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 115: Falling Number Past, Falling Number Future: Time Travel With OSU’s Andrew Ross

Episode 114: When Scientist Speak Falling Numbers, Farmers Should Listen

2.26.19 In the second of three episodes devoted to the second Falling Numbers Summit held in Portland Jan. 29 - 30, listen in as a new generation of scientists bring powerful new technology to address the challenges of low falling numbers and the discounts that result. In episode 114 entitled: When Scientists Speak Falling Numbers, Farmers Should Listen, Camille Steber of the Agricultural Research Service, leads off the summit by providing context for the periodic predicament that has beset Eastern Washington farmers. She is followed by four early career scientists addressing various aspects of their falling number research. 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 |February 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 114: When Scientist Speak Falling Numbers, Farmers Should Listen

Episode 113: Falling Numbers Friction–Up Country Lessons From HighLine Grain’s Paul Katovich

2.19.19 In the first of a three episode special devoted to the second Falling Numbers Summit held in Portland in late January, Paul Katovich, general manager of HighLine Grain Growers based in Waterville, addresses how country elevators and farmers have been impacted by the discountable phenomenon. In episode 113 entitled: Falling Numbers Friction—Upcountry Lessons from HighLine Grain’s Paul Katovich, learn how low falling numbers has impacted the relationship between cooperatives and the farmers they serve, as well as what his company is doing to help mitigate the damage, including segregations based on both variety and location in bad falling number years. 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 |February 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 113: Falling Numbers Friction–Up Country Lessons From HighLine Grain’s Paul Katovich

Episode 112: All Aboard The Greg Guthrie Express, BNSF’s Director of Ag Products

2.12.19 The Snake/Columbia River System is an important conduit for shipping Eastern Washington wheat to market, but so is the BNSF rail system which was purchased by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in 2011 for $44 billion. In episode 111 of Wheat All About It! entitled: All Aboard the Greg Guthrie Express, BNSF’s Director of Ag Products, Guthrie talks about the evolution of the rail giant as it has moved from shipping single boxcars of grain, to 26 car hoppers units, then 52, then 110 grain hoppers in a single haul, with even more hoppers per train coming! Although the rail giant’s agricultural products division only makes up 10 to 12 percent of total BNSF traffic, it remains a critical piece of the business portfolio. 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 |February 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 112: All Aboard The Greg Guthrie Express, BNSF’s Director of Ag Products

Episode 111: Enlightenment Right This Way! Wheat Traders Talk Trade 2

2.5.19 If you had questions after listening to episode 110 entitled: Enlightenment Right This Way: Wheat Traders Talk Trade? so did the audience at the Tri State Grain Growers Convention in November after three Northwest traders spoke about their profession and the challenges they face. In episode 111, Enlightenment Right This Way: Wheat Traders Talk Trade 2, Kurt  Haarmann of Columbia Grain International, Brian Leidl (Lee deil) of United Grain Corporation and Damon Filan of Tri Cities Grain are asked if a billion plus wheat export number still looks feasible and what they think of the USDA’s embrace of China’s wild adjustment to its corn stocks, among others. 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 |February 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 111: Enlightenment Right This Way! Wheat Traders Talk Trade 2

Episode 110: Enlightenment Right This Way! Wheat Traders Talk Trade

1.29.19 Three wheat traders, two working for competing export companies and one an upcountry elevator manager, talk about trade in a world where the rules have changed in episode 110 entitled: Enlightenment Right This Way: Wheat Traders Talk Trade. Kurt  Haarmann of Columbia Grain International, Brian Leidl of United Grain Corporation and Damon Filan of Tri Cities Grain, provided their perspectives of the markets during a Nov. 15, 2018  panel at the Tri State Grain Growers Convention held in Portland. Market circumstances have changed somewhat since they talked two months ago, but the philosophy underlying their comments hasn’t. If you want to expand your understanding of the wheat industry, this first of a two-part episode isn’t to be missed.

By |January 29th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 110: Enlightenment Right This Way! Wheat Traders Talk Trade

Episode 109: Speaking up for the Wheat Industry, On Stepping down at the WSCIA: Observations of Jerry Robinson

1.22.19 Jerry Robinson has given the wheat industry a lot of tough love during his partnership with it, the last 12 years as manager of the Washington State Crop Improvement Association. In episode 109 entitled: Speaking up for the Wheat Industry, On Stepping down at the WSCIA: Observations of Jerry Robinson, he remembers the conflicted past and looks toward the complicated future, which includes the recent purchase of a seed plant in Moses Lake and on-going quality discussions. Farmers in Washington lead the nation in planting certified wheat varieties . Why do the 90 percent use certified seed and what’s up with the 10 percent who don’t? 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 |January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 109: Speaking up for the Wheat Industry, On Stepping down at the WSCIA: Observations of Jerry Robinson

Episode 108: Gregg Doud Talks Trade With a Trump Spin

1.15.19 Interested in the inside scoop about President Trump’s trade policies and on-going negotiations with countries around the world? Then you must listen to episode 108, entitled: Gregg Doud Talks Trade with a Trump Spin. Doud, who holds the rank of ambassador, is Trump’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Speaking at the 2018 Tri State Grain Growers Convention last November, Doud lays out Trump’s strategy with regard to China and explains why several European Union decisions have him very concerned for agriculture. 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 |January 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 108: Gregg Doud Talks Trade With a Trump Spin

Episode 107: U.S. Wheat Spokesman Speaks of Wheat & Wheat’s Future

The U.S. is no longer the world’s top wheat exporter. In 2017/2018 that rank was held by Russia. But Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Associates vice president for communications, believes as a result of growing world wheat consumption there will be distinct regions of the world that both the U.S. and Russia can carve out for their markets. In episode 107 entitled: U.S. Wheat Spokesman Speaks of Wheat and Wheat’s Future, listen in as Mercer handicaps the competition,  why he grows frustrated with the world’s media focus on the country called “the Bear”, and how, despite the competition, wheat’s future in the U.S. is assured.

By |January 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 107: U.S. Wheat Spokesman Speaks of Wheat & Wheat’s Future