• Paula Mohr

    A plug for wheat

    Northstar Notes

     by Paula Mohr
     on January 27, 2015

      In a recent article in the Star Tribune, the author provided some interesting facts on U.S. wheat. Robin Asbell, a Minneapolis-based chef, teacher, cookbook author and culinary adviser to the Whole Grains Council, wrote an article in a question and answer format. Her article gave me the opportunity to check my knowledge about the grain and surrounding current issues. I hope, too, it was eye-opening for those who blame wheat for everything from obesity to autism. Here is an edited…

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  • Don McCabe

    It's a New Era in Wheat Research for Nebraska

    Nebraska Notebook

     by Don McCabe
     on October 21, 2014

    Corn and soybeans dominate the cropping landscape across much of Nebraska. Sugarbeets and dry edible beans have a nice fit in the Panhandle and other parts of western Nebraska, but the state's grain sorghum acres have plummeted in recent decades, and wheat production has gradually lost ground to more corn and soybean acres. In 2014, Nebraska wheat growers grew the crop on 1.5 million acres, a far cry from the 5.13 acres of hard red winter wheat grown in 1938. While acreage isn't…

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  • T.J. Burnham

    Grain Harvest Threat Eased for Western Growers

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on August 14, 2014

    It seems that the siege at United Grain Corp., the largest grain company in the West, is ended. Union and company authorities came to an agreement last week that should have allowed inspectors to re-enter this vital facility as the western grain harvest gears up to high. Had the two not come to a settlement, the question of where all that grain would have gone remains frighteningly unknown. Kudos to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for pulling the folks at United and the…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    New Market Potential For Wheat Straw

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on May 14, 2014

    Keep your eye on the opportunity sell more wheat straw in the future. There’s a company that’s moved its packaging container manufacturing business from China to Devils Lake, N.D. The CEO says there could be a dozen more plants in the state someday, according to an article in the Farmers’ Forum, which is published by the Fargo Forum newspaper. Mack Trayor, CEO of Ultra Green, Devils Lake, N.D., says he’d love to see farmers think of straw as a cash crop someday. Ultra…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Tour Sees Impact of Drought on Winter Wheat Crop

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on May 3, 2014

    The 2014 Winter Wheat Tour wrapped up in Kansas City Thursday afternoon after 20 car groups traveled throughout Kansas, parts of southern Nebraska, and northern Oklahoma, to evaluate the 2014 hard red winter wheat crop. Out of the total 587 stops, the average calculated yield for the three days was 32.8 bushels per acre – 6.7 less than the 2013 average of 41.1 bushels per acre. As one of the tour participants this year and last year, a noticeable difference is how consistently low…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Repeated Cold Blasts Add to Winter Wheat Crop Concerns

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on January 27, 2014

    OK, grammar gurus out there. What is the plural of vortex? Vortexes or vortices? However, you spell it, I sure am sick of the polar variety of the above. Yes, I am a bit of a wimp for complaining about merely being slammed with periodic near-zero or sub-zero temperatures made worse by 60 mph winds when my colleagues elsewhere are also getting hit with a foot or two of snow, along with zero-degree temps and high winds. I think maybe it isn’t just the bitter cold, it’s also the…

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  • Tim White

    Winter Wheat Crop On The Edge

    Buckeye Farm Beat

     by Tim White
     on July 10, 2013

      A month ago everything was going well for Ohio’s soft red winter wheat crop. Winter provided few problems and the cool wet spring helped fill out the heads. Reports of early harvest in southern Ohio in late June indicated a big crop with a decent test weight and good yields. Then it was like the pumps on a fountain were turned on and the rain systems began pulling water out of the gulf and piping it straight north to the Eastern Corn Belt where it has been spraying from the…

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  • Tyler Harris

    Different Soils, Different Winter Wheat

    Town and Country

     by Tyler Harris
     on June 28, 2013

    It's well-known that the dominant wheat in Kansas is hard red winter wheat, the primary ingredient in most of the nation's bread, which also accounts for 40% of U.S. wheat exports, according to kswheat.com. However, what is often overlooked is soft red winter wheat, which is found in the eastern-most part of the state, especially the southeast corner. I recently discovered about half of the 72,000 wheat acres in Cherokee County – the southeastern-most county in Kansas &ndash…

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  • P.J. Griekspoor

    Kansas Wheat Harvest Moving Fast And It's A Good Thing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 27, 2013

    One of the really cool things about sharing your life with a pilot is you get to do things like I did Wednesday afternoon – take to the skies for a look at Kansas wheat harvest from high above it all. We took off from the Newton Metro North airport with ground temperatures above 100 degrees and it didn’t take long to be grateful that the plane was air conditioned. Even at 6,500 feet, it was a hot day. But the fields of ripe wheat mingled with pastureland, fields of…

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  • Lon Tonneson

    Does Monsanto Own Oregon's Glyphosate-Resistant Wheat?

    Inside Dakota Ag

     by Lon Tonneson
     on June 6, 2013

    Who owns the glyphosate-resistant wheat that was discovered in Oregon? Monsanto? The farmer? I’d like to know, because after the market settles down, I might like to buy some seed. Weed control would be pretty cheap and convenient with glyphosate-resistant wheat. Some reports say USDA identified the wheat as the same variety that Monsanto tested in Oregon 10 years ago. Monsanto says it isn’t the same strain. Nevertheless, the case got me thinking that maybe I…

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