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Episode 180: Older & Wiser, Insight from Money Farm Founder Mike Krueger 2

6.2.20 Want to know why so many farmers question U.S. Department of Agriculture data? Mike Krueger suggests it may not be that the numbers are wrong, but rather because the entire system of reporting has changed so much over the last 15 years. In episode 180 entitled Older & Wiser, Insight from Money Farm Founder Mike Krueger 2, the recently retired grain marketing advisor suggests market fundamentals have been overwhelmed by things like fund buying and second to second transactions. Meanwhile, Krueger extolls U.S. Wheat Associates as an organization making a real difference to wheat sales overseas. Subscribe to Wheat All About It! on iTunes or other podcast apps for Android phones like Stitcher and Pocket Casts. The podcast is also available at the Washington Grain Commission website at wagrains.org and on the WGC Facebook page. 

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Bonus: An episode from the archive!

Episode 99: Howard Nelson’s Hunt: Seeking the Elusive Eastern Washington Alternative Crop

Howard Nelson recently retired from evaluating alternative crops for HighLine Grain, but episode 99 remains on the job! Released Nov. 13, 2018, the podcast delves into Nelson’s career looking for the perfect rotational fit with wheat. One of the most listened to episodes in the Wheat All About It! archive, episode 99 deserves its selection as the inaugural Bonus episode.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Episode 106: An Example Others Can Follow: Inspiration From Black Hawk Down

Each year, organizers of the Tri State Grain Growers Convention search for a speaker outside of agriculture who can nevertheless provide lessons for farmers. At the 2018 convention in Portland, that speaker was Keni Thomas, a singer/songwriter today who was in 1992, a member of Bravo Company of the third Rangers Battalion of the U.S. army in Mogadishu, Somalia. In episode 106, entitled: An Example Others Can Follow: Inspiration From Black Hawk Down, Thomas uses his battle experience as context for lessons we can all appreciate.

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Episode 105: Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold 2

ARS scientist Kim Campbell and WSU scientist Karen Sanguinet continue to talk about wheat during the winter in episode 105 of Wheat All About It!, the second part of an episode entitled “Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold 2”. Learn more about meristems, which drive growth both above and below ground, why Darwin considered roots to be the brain of plants, how cold kills wheat, what is electrolyte leakage and more—including why the variety Eltan, released in 1992,  is still considered the gold standard for cold tolerance. 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.

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Episode 104: Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold

In the first of a two part episode entitled Dead of Winter, Alive With Life: Wheat Plants in the Cold, ARS scientist Kim Campbell and WSU scientist Karen Sanguinet describe what’s happening in the wheat plant during the coldest time of the year. Words like hibernation and dormancy aren’t accurate when it comes to wheat plants in the winter which are alive with unseen activity. Campbell, a plant geneticist and club wheat breeder and Sanguinet, a plant physiologist, explain how wheat plants survive the winter, what it means for plants to harden off, how roots are impacted by the cold and the important cues that come from temperature and day length.

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Episode 103: Glen Squires Lives, Breathes and Talks Wheat

The chief executive officer of the Washington Grain Commission takes center stage in the aptly titled podcast: Glen Squires Lives, Breathes and Talks Wheat. Squires, who took over WGC CEO duties in 2012, has been with the grain commission for 25 years. As the world becomes more complicated, so too does the world of wheat, which has Squires juggling more issues than ever. In episode 103, you’ll hear the CEO talk about dam breaching and why the river system deserves to be defended, trade treaties ahead with the potential to both hurt and help and even an update on an old favorite, hard white wheat.  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.

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Episode 102: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints a Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors, 2

12.4.18 In episode 102 of Wheat All About It!  WSU Ag Economist Randy Fortenbery continues to mine USDA numbers from the second part of a presentation he gave during the Washington State Crop Improvement Association annual meeting Nov. 12, 2018. The numbers project a European Union that will soon become the world’s biggest wheat exporter as U.S. market share shrinks.  Some argue that’s not a problem if U.S. farmers get top dollar for their production, but Fortenbery warned market share can influence price. He further cautioned that once disruptions shifts markets, trade doesn’t necessarily come back if another origin can continue to satisfy the demand. All that and more in the second half of the economist’s presentation to WSCIA membership entitled WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints a Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors, 2.

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Episode 101: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors

If your livelihood depends on wheat, then you must listen to episode 101 entitled: WSU’s Randy Fortenbery Paints a Troubling Economic Picture in Hopeful Colors. Fortenbery, who holds the Thomas B. Mick Chair in Agricultural Economics at Washington State University, addressed issues that farmers, landlords and agribusinesses care about during the Washington State Crop Improvement Association meeting on Nov. 12. In part one, Fortenbery handicaps wheat prices for the near term and a year from now, talks about the budding trade war with China and looks at the $12 billion solution USDA will provide farmers if blocked trade flow isn’t unclogged. 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.

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Episode 100: Interviewing the Interviewer

11.20.18 The 100th episode of Wheat All About It! finds farmer and WGC Commissioner Mike Carstensen behind the microphone as he “Interviews the Interviewer”. Carstensen takes over podcast duties to interview Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission. Join Carstensen as he quizzes Yates about his family, his career and what he’s learned after more than three decades observing the wheat industry. 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.

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Episode 99: Howard Nelson’s Hunt: Seeking the Elusive Eastern Washington Alternative Crop

Howard Nelson recently retired from evaluating alternative crops for HighLine Grain, but episode 99 remains on the job! Released Nov. 13, 2018, the podcast delves into Nelson’s career looking for the perfect rotational fit with wheat. One of the most listened to episodes in the Wheat All About It! archive, episode 99 deserves its selection as the inaugural Bonus episode.

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Episode 98: Ag Burning: A Program That Works

10.6.18 The battle between wheat farmers wanting to maintain fire as a tool and air activists wanting to extinguish the practice, was hard fought nearly 20 years ago. Today, burning wheat stubble in Eastern Washington remains an alternative, but it is done with nary a complaint over smoke, thanks to the Washington Department of Ecology’s agricultural burning program. Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, as he talks with Ecology burn program supervisor Kary Peterson, about the relationship between wild fires and ag burning, the impact of baling wheat straw on a widespread basis and reasons behind the increase in orchard pile burning with a simultaneous decline in wheat stubble burning. All that and more in episode 98 entitled: Ag Burning: A Program That Works. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on 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!

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Episode 97: What? Me Retire? Lessons On Life After Farming

With a generation of Eastern Washington wheat farmers on the cusp of retirement, who better to guide them through its economic and emotional complexities than farmers who have gone before? In episode 97 entitled: “What? Me Retire? Lessons on Life After Farming”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, speaks with two former WGC commissioners who have made the transition. Jim Walesby, who farmed near Almira, retired eight years ago. Randy Suess, who farmed outside of Colfax retired two years ago. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on 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! Or listen on your computer at home.

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Episode 96: The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington

10.23.18 Sensors planted in fields and drones flying overhead, both collecting data to improve crops and reduce inputs is not science fiction anymore. In episode 96 entitled, “The Brave New World of Farming Comes to Farmington”, Andrew Nelson explains what he’s hoping to accomplish as part of an effort that has him partnering with Microsoft. With a degree in computer software engineering and as a farmer, Nelson believes its possible to significantly reduce input costs and improve crop efficiency. To achieve those goals, however, it’s necessary to access “the cloud”, the internet based inventory of programs and products necessary to truly bring agriculture into the 21st Century—and Nelson is working on that too. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on 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! Find the complete archive of podcast episodes at wagrains.org.

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Episode 95: Wolf’s Guide to Wacky Northwest Weather

10.16.18 A weak El Nino with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) in the positive phase is facing Eastern Washington wheat farmers in the 2018/2019 crop season, the same set-up that brought the region’s worst drought in modern history in the 1976/1977 crop year. But don’t despair, Jeremy Wolf, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that historically dry season was a rare event and there’s plenty of variation within weather patterns. In episode 95 entitled: Wolf’s Guide to Wacky Northwest Weather, the Spokane-based meteorologist talks plenty about El Nino’s and La Nina’s, but he also explains why he believes there has been no widespread winter kill event in more 25 years, along with other insights. Subscribe to Wheat All About It on iTunes or Stitcher and never miss an episode! For those with iPhones: touch the purple podcast icon, type “Wheat All About It” in the finder to listen quickly! Find the complete archive of podcast episodes at wagrains.org.

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Episode 94: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green–John Deere Green!

10.9.18 Episode 94 continues an engaging discussion with Dennis Solbrack, new product engineer at the Pape Machinery location outside Colfax, Wash. In the second of two parts, Solbrack talks about the ownership of data that today’s machinery spews by the second, exactly what sort of work farmers can perform on today’s software laden equipment, competition for the market with Case IH, the future of driverless combines and tractors—and more! Join Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission as he continues his conversation in the episode entitled: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green—John Deere Green! Subscribe to Wheat All About It! and never miss an episode. Those with iPhones can touch their purple podcast icon and type in Wheat All About It in the finder. Or subscribe with the podcast’s newest app, Stitcher.

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Episode 93: Dennis Solbrack May Not Bleed Green, But He Lives Green, John Deere Green!

10.2.18 After their families, there may be nothing more important to farmers than their equipment. Regardless of the color of that equipment—John Deere green or Case IH red, farmers are sure to enjoy episode 93 of Wheat All About It entitled: Dennis Solbrack Doesn’t Bleed Green, But He Lives Green—John Deere Green. Solbrack, who has a 36 year history at the Deere location outside Colfax, talks about the evolution of machinery from hoof to “horse power”, through the introduction of hydraulics and creature comforts to today’s world of microprocessors. Solbrack also addresses the productivity of today’s combines—which come with lots of advantages—but some drawbacks too. You can subscribe to Wheat All About It! on iTunes and other podcast apps including Stitcher, Overcast and Pocket Cast and never miss an episode!

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Episode 92: The World Wheat O’Clock Report

9.25.18 Want to know how much higher prices might be with China still in the market or what U.S. Wheat Associates describes as a trade time bomb? Have you heard about the fourth GE wheat discovery or the Food and Drug Administration’s investigation of pulse heavy dog food diets? Episode 92 of Wheat All About It, entitled The World Wheat O’Clock Report, brings listeners news about our favorite crop as well as stories that affect agriculture across the Pacific Northwest and the nation. In addition to iTunes, you can now subscribe to Wheat All About It on the podcast platform, Stitcher.

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Episode 91: A Vacation Everyday! Harvest With Mike Carstensen

9.18.18 Even a vacation has it’s bad days, but mostly holidays are experiences that recharge a person’s batteries to return to the grind of the workaday world. For WGC Commissioner Mike Carstensen, however, farming is, “A Vacation Everyday.” In episode 91 of Wheat All About It!, Scott Yates joined Carstensen in his combine in late August as he finished an excellent 2018 harvest. Listen in as the pair talk about his farm, his challenges and his take on political events in the world. iPhones have dedicated podcast apps (purple icon). Press and type Wheat All About It in the finder to start listening.

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