Wheat All About It

Episode 89: Fascinating Things II: A Conversation With Craig Morris, Director of the Western Wheat Quality Lab

9.4.18 If you think club wheat’s distinctive head is what makes it special to the Japanese and other countries that specify it in their tenders, think again! In episode 89, Fascinating Things II: A Conversation With Craig Morris, director of the Western Wheat Quality Lab, you’ll discover how breeders and cereal chemists have used club wheat to insert all manner of quality attributes. In this episode, Morris also talks about the history of the WWQL—which is celebrating an anniversary this year—and what a million dollars in funding for new equipment has meant for the facility. Subscribe 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.

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Episode 88: Fascinating Things: A Conversation With Craig Morris, Director of the Western Wheat Quality Lab

8.28.18 Do different varieties of wheat taste different? Will soft durum change the pasta industry? How is goatgrass important to wheat development? In episode 88 of Wheat All About It, entitled, “Fascinating Things: A Conversation With Craig Morris, Director of the Western Wheat Quality Lab”, learn the answers to those questions and more! Subscribe 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.

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Episode 87: Same Falling Number Discount, But Different Animal

8.21.18 Entitled “Same Falling Number Discount, but Different Animal”, episode 87 of Wheat All About It! explores the mechanisms of Late Maturity Alpha Amylase called LMA and Pre-harvest sprout, and why one is not as troublesome in end use products as the other. Nevertheless, farmers are being discounted as if they are the same. J.P. Ral, a French researcher working for an Australian agency, delves into the secrets of LMA which is caused by a cold temperature shock rather than rain at harvest. Ral was recently at Washington State University bringing researchers up to speed on the phenomenon which is considered the No. 1 issue for Australian wheat breeders. Subscribe 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.

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Episode 86: U.S. Wheat Associates’ West Coast Outpost, Steve Wirsching At Your Service

8.14.18 In episode 86 of Wheat All About It!, Steve Wirsching, vice president and director of U.S. Wheat Associates’ Portland office, talks about growing world wheat consumption and U.S. market share in the age of President Trump, among other things. Entitled: “U.S. Wheat Associates’ West Coast Outpost, Steve Wirsching At Your Service”, the longtime employee at the export arm of the American wheat farmer, also addresses Japan’s attitude toward the U.S. joining the TPP, what the improvement in Russian and Ukraine wheat means for U.S. farmers and why a very robust supply chain is Pacific Northwest farmers' ace in the hole. Subscribe on iTunes and 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.

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Episode 85: Bond, Jennifer Bond, License to Count for the USDA-ERS

8.7.18 In episode 85 of Wheat All About It! entitled: “Bond, Jennifer Bond, Licensed to Count for the USDA-ERS”, meet the PhD trained economist who is responsible for the wheat and pulse data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bond puts a voice and a personality to the impersonal numbers that establish wheat and pulse planting, harvesting and consumption patterns around the world. The best part of her job? When major market moves have been anticipated correctly. As for private analysts who suggest USDA games the system, Bond says nothing could be further from the truth. Subscribe on iTunes and 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.

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Episode 84: WSU’s Spring Wheat Breeder, Plant Scientist, Geneticist, Plant Pathologist and Professor, Mike Pumphrey

7.31.18 Mike Pumphrey, gets into the nitty gritty of his interests and his motivations in episode 84, the second half of his Wheat All About It! interview. Entitled: WSU’s Spring Wheat Breeder, Plant Scientist, Geneticist, Plant Pathologist and Professor, Mike Pumphrey, he discusses research addressing the Late Maturity Alpha Amylase/Falling Number phenomenon, the future of facultative wheat, speed breeding, low soil pH and how long it will take to bring an adapted variety of a new herbicide tolerant wheat to market. Subscribe on iTunes and 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.

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Episode 83: WSU’s Spring Wheat Breeding Philosopher, Mike Pumphrey

7.24.18 “WSU’s Spring Wheat Breeding Philosopher, Mike Pumphrey” is the title of episode 83, the first of a two part podcast that presents the breeder as more than just another data driven scientist. Listen in to find out what Pumphrey means by “breeding brain”, why he’s not interested in offers from private companies and whether he believes the climate is changing and what he’s doing about it, among other things. Subscribe on iTunes and other available podcast apps or go to wagrains.org to access Wheat All About It. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

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Episode 82: Blake Rowe, the CEO, Speaks

7.17.18 In episode 82 of Wheat All About It! entitled “Blake Rowe, the CEO, Speaks,” listen in as the Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League chief executive officer, sounds off about the public’s growing lack of trust for those involved in the agriculture and what that means for the future. Rowe also talks about the potential for recent trade skirmishes to fuel further consolidation in agriculture, the difference in control between the discovery of GMO wheat plants in an Oregon field in 2013 and current trade policy hijinks, as well as the importance of continuing to provide excellent customer service.

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Episode 81: A Virtual Visit to the Wheat Marketing Center

7.10.18 If you’ve never been there, or if even if you have, episode 81 of Wheat All About It!, entitled: A Virtual Visit to the Wheat Marketing Center, will update you to changes that have occurred recently at one of the industry’s international technical crossroads. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as Janice Cooper, managing director of the Portland-based WMC, leads the way through the various pilot scale pieces of equipment that fuel the center’s innovative research and product development agenda. Subscribe on iTunes and other podcast apps or go to wagrains.org to access Wheat All About It. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair.

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Episode 80: Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, Ag Economist, part 2

7.3.18 Randy Fortenbery, WSU ag economist, schools Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, in the changing fortunes of the global wheat market in episode 80, Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, Ag Economist, part 2. Fortenbery addresses PNW farmers advantages —and disadvantages—in growing soft white wheat, the importance of “basis” in the Northwest, why the PNW needs to diversify its customer base and how he uses the weekly National Agriculture Statistic Service’s Crop Progress Report to anticipate production. Fortenbery also wades into the China question and what it means for one country to hold almost half the world’s wheat stocks.  Subscribe on iTunes and other podcast apps or go to wagrains.org to access Wheat All About It. Connect by Wifi or a four bar cellular link for quick downloads which can be listened to later in the tractor, truck, combine or easy chair. 

By |July 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Episode 80: Giddy Up! A Ride With Randy Fortenbery, Ag Economist, part 2