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Episode 190: Douglas Poole’s Badge of Honor–Farming in North Douglas County

8.11.20 The joke is that farmers from other harsh environments come to north Douglas County just to be glad they’re not farming there. But for the farmers who do make the region home, surviving—even prospering—in the harsh environment, is a badge of honor. Which is why episode 190 is entitled “Douglas Poole’s Badge of Honor–Farming in North Douglas County”. Poole is the former president of the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association, and an accountant in his former life. He brings the sensibilities of both to his farming operation, as well as a willingness to push the agronomic envelope by incorporating cover crops and livestock into his operation. 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!

From August 27,  2017, revisit episode 35  as Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the WGC,  rides along with Washington Grain Commission Chairman Gary Bailey as he drives his tractor pulling a bank-out wagon during harvest.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Episode 124: A Visit To Lo Mo, the Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams, continues

5.7.19 In the second part of a visit to Lower Monumental Dam sponsored by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Walla …

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Episode 123: A Visit To Lo Mo, The Apollo 11 of Snake River Dams

4.30.19 It’s been 50 years since the first barge passed through the lock at Lower Monumental Dam on April 15, …

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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!

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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.

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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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