Wheat All About It

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.

By |April 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 121: Investigating Insects–And Climate Change–With UI’s Sanford Eigenbrode

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.

By |April 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Episode 119: Part Two: Trade Is A Many Splendored Thing–With Vince Peterson

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.

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