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Wheat tour participants predict 355 million bushel wheat crop. Bill Spiegel

Published on: May 3, 2004

Kansas Farmer marketing editor Arlan Suderman said during the 3i Show that last week's Wheat Quality Council Kansas wheat tour would set the wheat market tone between now and harvest. If that's the case, the tone is bullish, because tour participants predicted the state's farmers will harvest 355 million bushels of hard red winter wheat, down from last year's tour estimate of 364 million bushels...

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  • Last week, USDA Secretary announced a donation agreement for delivery of 50,000 metric tons of U.S. hard winter wheat to the independent country of Georgia, which borders the Black Sea between Turkey and Russia...
  • The donation, part of the U.S. Food for Progress program, is estimated at $12 million in value. It is expected to depart U.S. ports in early summer...
  • Secretary Veneman spoke to the House Agriculture Committee last week, commenting that the American agriculture machine is an economic force. Ag exports in fiscal year 2004 total $59 billion, with top export markets being Canada, Japan and Mexico...
  • Excel Corporation recalled 45,000 tons of ground beef last week due to the confirmed presence of E.coli 0157:H7. The beef, packed in 10-pound tubes, was processed at the Excel plant in Garden City and distributed to stores in several Midwest states, including Kansas...
  • Now that Kansas State University has named a new Dean of the College of Agriculture, animal science department head Jack Riley has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2005...
  • Riley, department head for 17 years, will take a three-quarter time position after Jan. 1, which will allow him to finish some long-term projects. An interim department head will be named this summer.