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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 30: Rail’s future, rail’s past

7.18.17 Episode 30, In “Rail’s Future, Rail’s Past”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations uses two segments to tell a story of railroads in the Inland Northwest. First, he talks with Keith Bailey, CEO of AgVentures, which manages both Reardan Grain Growers and Odessa Union Warehouse, about the benefits (and difficulties) of depending upon the 110 mile long CW short rail line that connects five country elevators with the new Highline Grain shuttle loading facility outside Cheney. Next up is a tour of the new Inland Northwest Rail Museum located just outside Reardan, with the president of the organization, Dale Swant.

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Episode 29: Plotting Wheat’s Way Forward

7.11.17 Episode 29, In “Plotting Wheat’s Way Forward”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, attends Washington State University’s Rearden Field Day where he talks to Ryan Higginbotham, director of the Cereal Variety Testing Program. But Yates leads off the episode with WSU spring wheat breeder Mike Pumphrey talking about his concerns that late June weather conditions set this year’s crop up for low falling numbers due to temperature fluctuations caused by Late Maturity Alpha Amylase activity.

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Episode 28: Demolishing Combines, Building Community

7.4.17 Episode 28, In “Demolishing Combines, Building Community”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, makes a visit to the heart of dryland wheat country where the Lions Club of Lind, Washington hosted the 30th annual combine demolition derby June 9th and 10th. The fund raiser returns thousands of dollars to the community each year as it adds to the global happiness index.

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Episode 27: What’s that red in your eyes?

The difference between the current price for hard red spring wheat and the price for soft white, has sparked interest from farmers eyeing the extra $2 or more a bushel. In “What’s that red in your eyes?” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, looks at the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of growing DNS, in conversations with farmers Eric Maier and Ron Jirava, WSU spring wheat breeder, Mike Pumphrey; WGC commissioner and seedsman Dana Herron and WGC CEO Glen Squires. Riley Hille, AgriPro account leader offers her assessment of two new varieties.

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Episode 26: Where We Are With Wireworms

Following the loss of the chemical Lindane in 2006, wireworms quickly became a destructive pest of Eastern Washington wheat farmers. Fast forward to 2017 and the larval form of the click beetle appears to be coming under control. What happened? Thanks to Washington Grain Commission funding, research to investigate wireworms was launched and much more is now known about their control. Join the conversation Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations at the Washington Grain Commission enjoyed with Aaron Esser, WSU Extension regional agronomist for wheat production, as he explains the status of research and control of the pesky wireworm.

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Episode 25: The Other Weatherman

You’ve attended the long range forecasts of the man known as “The Weatherman”—Art Douglas—for decades. Now listen to “The Other Weatherman”. Jeremy Wolf is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service located outside Spokane in Airway Heights. He sat down with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, to discuss the reasons behind last winter and spring’s abundance of moisture. Hint: it all started southwest of the Hawaiian islands.

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Episode 24: Through Wheat Colored Glasses

In “Through Wheat Colored Glasses”, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, illustrates how the Wheat All About It! podcast has increased visits to the WGC website and connected with a new cadre of smartphone listeners. Yates also reveals some secrets about the podcast, while using the opportunity to hammer home the importance of wheat in the world. And don’t miss the excerpt from the book, Sapiens, which proposes that it wasn’t early humans who manipulated wheat, but rather, wheat that manipulated early humans!

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Episode 23: Shepherding a Grain Connection

In “Shepherding a Grain Connection,” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations talks with farmer and seedsman Fred Fleming as well as other individuals associated with Shepherd’s Grain, a flour company that originated in Eastern Washington and touts soil, farm and farmer sustainable in addition to a traceability. Listen to a millennial explain why knowing where food comes from is so important to her generation.

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Episode 22: The Commission’s Business

In the first segment of “The Commission’s Business”, commissioners of the Washington Grain Commission discuss their observations of the current winter wheat crop and its potential for delivering a well above average harvest against the backdrop of poor prices. The second segment addresses the creation of the WGC’s 2017/2018 budget including how the WGC is tackling the falling numbers issue and the use of reserve funds to cover budget shortfalls.

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Episode 21: There’s Nothing Basic About It!

In “There’s Nothing Basic About It!”, Michael Neff, Washington State University professor of crop biotechnology, and Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations with the Washington Grain Commission, discuss the need to continue to make basic research a priority. Neff makes clear that Crispr Cas 9, the gene editing technique he describes as a game changer with the potential to revolutionize plant breeding, grew out of simple scientific curiosity.

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Episode 20: Wheat Monetization – Little by Little

In Wheat Monetization: Little by Little, Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations at the Washington Grain Commission, takes listeners to Tanzania, Africa where a U.S. Wheat Associates study group he was part of recently traveled to learn how American wheat is being turned into money that funds NGO projects designed to build a country’s agricultural capacity.

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Episode 19: One for the record books!

A snowy winter and wet early spring has set Eastern Washington wheat farmers up for a good harvest, but the weather–plus the 14 week closure of the river system to repair locking systems–wreaked havoc on transporting grain into Portland with cargo ship loading delays stretching for as long as a month. In “One For the Record Books!” Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, visits the Pacific Northwest Grain & Feed Association meeting in Spokane and speaks with three grain professionals about the delays and their impact, as well as how companies that depend on the river, survived the three month shutdown.

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Episode 18: Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain with Matthew Weaver features the veteran Capital Press reporter in a conversation with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission. Together, they discuss Weaver’s journalistic philosophy and his other life as a produced playwright.

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Episode 17: Wheat’s Ups and Downs

Wheat’s Ups and Downs, devotes its first segment to a presentation given by Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission at Farm Forum held in Spokane last February. He looks at present and future opportunities for the Pacific Northwest’s wheat industry in the Philippines, Japan, Korea and Latin America. The second segment, from the same meeting, is an investigation of the poor wheat fundamentals farmers are facing now. Randy Fortenbery, Washington State University agricultural economist who holds the Tom Mick Endowed Chair in Small Grains Economics, delivers the bad news.

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Episode 16: Pay Attention!

Columbia County wheat farmer Jay Penner talks with Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the Washington Grain Commission, about the accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down in this episode of Wheat All About It! Listen to Penner describe in his own words how his world changed forever last fall and what he’d do differently if he had the chance. The episode, entitled: “Pay Attention!”, spends its second segment speaking to Steve Mercer, vice president of U.S. Wheat Associates, bringing the wheat community up to speed on two federal programs that are essential to ensure farmer profitability. Called the Market Access Program and the Foreign Market Development program, they also deserve farmers’ close attention. Go the wagrains.org to download or stream the podcast or subscribe on iTunes, (search for Wheat All About It) and get new episodes pushed to you.

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Episode 15: Here to Help

Episode 15, Here to Help, is a podcast about three organizations that underpin the success of Pacific Northwest farmers. Sam White, chief operating officer of Pacific Northwest Farmers, speaks about the cooperative’s latest merger with Co-Ag; Janice Cooper, managing director of the Wheat Marketing Center, talks about her efforts to update the organization’s look and Jerry Robinson, manager of the Washington State Crop Improvement Association, addresses the abundance of varieties in the marketplace.

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Episode 14: Quality Endeavors

“Quality Endeavors” includes Dana Herron, WGC wheat commissioner; Doug Engle, cultivar development manager at the Western Wheat Quality Lab and Steve Wirsching, vice president of U.S. Wheat Associates, addressing quality issues surrounding the release of the 2017 Preferred Variety Brochure. Zach Gaines of Limagrain also talks about his company’s scrubbing the launch of a new variety because of quality concerns. And there’s a corrected version of the Whitman County Rural Library District historical photo program: the Rural Heritage Collection.

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Episode 13: Falling Numbers 102

“Falling Numbers 102” is Part 2 of the Ag Expo panel discussion. This one features Arron Carter, WSU winter wheat breeder, discussing the science behind low falling numbers.

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Episode 12: Falling Numbers 101

“Falling Numbers 101” is a Part 1 of a recording of a panel discussion on falling numbers sponsored by the WGC during Spokane Ag Expo. It features Ty Jessup, WGC commissioner and a grain merchandiser, and Don Potts, regional manager of the Washington Grain Inspection program.

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Episode 11: John Moffatt, Kingmaker

“John Moffatt, Kingmaker” interviews recently retired Syngenta wheat breeder, John Moffatt, about his history, his replacement and coming hybrid varieties.

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Episode 10: Elements Speak

“The Elements”, includes long range meteorologist Art Douglas’ predictions for the coming spring, summer and fall in Eastern Washington, plus a segment on Class 39 of the Washington Agriculture Forestry Education Foundation answering media questions.

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Episode 9: Wheat Academy

“Going to the Wheat Academy”, interviews participants and the organizer of the WSU event along with Camille Steber, ARS scientist, who taught the Wheat Academy class on falling numbers.

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Episode 8: Low Soil pH

“Low soil pH” digs into agriculture’s “master variable” in conversations with three Northwest experts.

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Episode 7: Two Links in the Grain Chain

“Two Links in the Grain Chain”, talks with Tim O’Conner of the Wheat Foods Council about promoting wheat products and Shawn Campbell of U.S. Wheat Associates discussing the future of hard white wheat.

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Episode 6: Judy Olson

“Judy Olson, 30 years of leadership” has the retired state executive director of the Farm Service Agency, reminiscing about her long career which all started at a county meeting of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.

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Episode 5: The Trifecta

“The Trifecta”, includes Glen Squire, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission, testifying why Eastern Washington wheat growers support Snake River dams, the Whitman County Rural Library District director, Kristi Kirkpatrick, describing a website of historic photos and Scott Yates, director of communications and producer relations for the WGC, relating his journey from city boy to a champion of wheat farmers.

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Episode 4: The Charlie Plumb Story

“The Charlie Plumb Story” includes excerpts from Charlie Plumb’s emotional presentation during the Tri State Wheat Convention. A Vietnam-era prisoner of war, Plumb spoke about the resiliency of the human spirit. 

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Episode 3: The Brasher Report

“The Brasher Report”, is devoted to Phillip Brasher talking about how a Trump Administration may impact agriculture. Brasher is a senior editor of AgriPulse.

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Episode 2: The Oracle Speaks

“The Oracle Speaks”, Vince Peterson, vice president of overseas operations for U.S. Wheat Associates, provides insight about the world wheat market and when wheat farmers might expect a market bump.

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Episode 1: Inauguration

“Inauguration of Wheat All About It!,” Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers, talks about his background and wheat growers’ farm bill strategy. Kara Kaelber, director of Wheat Week, discusses her WGC-funded program; Seattle resident Janet Walthrew talks about being a landlord, and U.S. Wheat Associates’ executive Steve Wirsching provides an update about the river closure.

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