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Andrew Friskop is an Extension Plant Pathologist at North Dakota State University. At Wheat U, sponsored by High Plains Journal and BASF, Jan. 17 he spoke about identifying diseases and managing them.

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Tom Peters worked for 25 years in biotechnology and now is the extension sugar beet agronomist and weed control specialist for North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota. He can boil his weed control presentation down into two points.

“The first one is technology by itself isn’t going to solve our problems with weeds,” he said. “The second thing is weed management is a learning experience.”

Peters gave his talk, “Hogtied by Pigweed,” during Wheat U on Jan. 17 in Bismarck. Wheat U was sponsored by Agweek, High Plains Journal and BASF to give a specialized education in wheat management.

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The National Wheat Foundation is currently accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The deadline for winter wheat entries…

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of recent elections held for the state’s five grain commodity commissions — corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat in districts Seven, Eight and Nine in the eastern region of the state. Commissioners serve three-year ter…

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The National Wheat Foundation is currently accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries…

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Wheat farmers now have a new systemic, broad-spectrum fungicide for stronger plant health and higher yields. Arysta LifeScience, Cary, North Carolina, announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved ZOLERA FX Fungicide for use in wheat production. 

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U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers welcome the recent announcement by President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil has agreed to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota for wheat, a longstanding obligation under Brazil’s World Trade Orga…

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A panel of judges has selected the recipes that will be represented in the sixth National Festival of Breads, sponsored by Red Star Yeast, King Arthur Flour and Kansas Wheat. The baking competition will be held June 8 in Manhattan, Kansas.

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There could be a looming threat of a stem rust outbreak in Kansas, according to Erick DeWolf, Kansas State University Extension plant pathologist and professor in the Department of Plant Pathology. DeWolf spoke about the possibility of a stem rust outbreak at the 2019 Kansas Seeds and Crops …

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Commodity Classic provides farmers and commodity organizations the opportunity to get together and work on policy to help their groups succeed. Each association holds meetings during the week and come together to discuss the current farm economy. This year’s Commodity Classic was held in Orl…

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The National Wheat Yield Contest overall winner last year grew 203 bushels of wheat per acre. The world record for wheat yield is 250 bushels per acre, said Logan Grier, technical marketing manager at BASF, at Wheat U.

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Andrew Adams pictures the potential maximum yield of a field of wheat as a barrel. Any variable—fertility, fungicide, population, genetics, weather—can represent a “leak” in the barrel if something goes wrong.

Adams, a technical service representative at BASF, said not understanding the stages of development of wheat can lead to improper timing of applications of pesticides, fertilizers and other inputs. That can lead to leaks in the barrel of wheat yield.

Adams gave his presentation, “The Importance of Proper Wheat Staging: Does it Really Matter?” at Wheat U, sponsored by Agweek, High Plains Journal and BASF, in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Jan. 17. The event offered specialized education in topics related to growing wheat.

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In the Texas High Plains, where more than half of the wheat crop is grown with a dual purpose—cattle grazing and grain production—now is the critical time to be making the “gain or grain” decision, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

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Kansas farmers planted 7.2 percent of the state’s 2019 wheat crop to SY Monument, a hard red winter wheat variety from AgriPro Syngenta that boasts top end yields, moderate resistance to leaf and stripe rust, and a medium-late maturity that can weather spring freezes.

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With discussions on trade dominating the public discourse, it is vital for Kansas wheat farmers to preserve a trading partnership with our neighbor to the south. Mexico has become the largest buyer of U.S. wheat in the world.

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Most consumers typically don’t think that a food safety risk lurks in their kitchen’s flour bin, but a handful of product recalls since 2015 in the United States and other countries is changing that mindset.

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The U.S. Wheat Associates board of directors elected new officers for the July 2019 to June 2020 fiscal year at their recent meeting in Washington, D.C. The board elected Rhonda K. Larson of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, as secretary-treasurer; Darren Padget of Grass Valley, Oregon, as vice c…

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Farmers and agribusinesses eagerly anticipated the updated Feb. 8 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency will not publish January 2019 estimates due to the federal government shutdown.

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Oklahoma wheat that was planted in October and November should be reaching first hollow stem sometime in February and March.

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Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14 to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program, launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1. Since its launc…

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The Texas Wheat Producers Board will hold its biennial election to elect five board members to fill expiring positions. The election, to be held by mail, officially begins March 22 and will conclude April 5.

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High school seniors pursuing careers in agriculture are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship, administered by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. 

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Current trade negotiations and retaliations could very well wind up having lasting effects on the future wheat trade, cautioned Frayne Olson, director of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University. Olson encouraged growers to pay heed to these issues and kee…

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The wheat industry is digging a hole that we may not be able to get out of, and it has a lot to do with the blame game. It appears as though we in the wheat industry are following in the footsteps of politicians in Washington.

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WB4418, a new Hard Red Winter Wheat variety from St. Louis-based WestBred wheat, offers excellent straw strength, coupled with excellent resistance to pests like Hessian Fly.

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Dan Wogsland, executive director of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association, told farmers there are some solid wins for them in the 2018 farm bill.

Wogsland spoke at the 2019 Wheat U, sponsored by BASF and High Plains Journal Jan. 17, in Bismarck, North Dakota. Northern wheat and barley farmers aren’t the only winners, though, he explained. There are opportunities for farmers across the United States.

“There are a lot of wins in this farm bill, but perhaps most important are the improvements in the ARC and PLC programs,” he said. “There are also improvements in crop insurance. And funding for Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development programs are essential to getting our products sold worldwide. In North Dakota, 50 percent of our wheat has to go overseas.” 

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The National Wheat Foundation is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The foundation i…

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Arbor Biosciences, a worldwide leader in next generation sequencing target enrichment and synthetic biology, announces its partnership with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, an international organization dedicated to developing a gold-standard reference genome for bread w…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released its Situation and Outlook Report for Wheat in December. 

The ERS projects all United States wheat exports for the 2018-2019 marketing year will be cut by 25 million bushels to 1 billion total. 

“Export sales through the first six months of the marketing year are projected to constitute just 41 percent of the current marketing year total,” according to the report. This is behind the 10-year average of 52 percent.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Randall County will conduct the annual Pre-Plant Producer Update Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 30 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.

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Justin Knopf has a pretty good idea of the quality of wheat he grows each year on his Salina, Kansas, farm.

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Wyatt Merry of Texhoma, Oklahoma, has a passion for farming. He’s only 14 but his mother, Jessica Merry, said Wyatt has loved agriculture from the beginning.

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Colorado wheat farmers are invited to attend and participate in the annual county business meetings and elections jointly sponsored by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee , the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers and the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation. The business meetings and…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released its Situation and Outlook Report for Wheat Dec. 13.

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After a mission trip to Africa in 2003, Monte Stewart and his wife, Shelly, decided they wanted to find a way to feed hungry people in impoverished countries. They began their non-profit organization, which is now Stamp Out Starvation, in 2007 and Monte worked part-time for the first five ye…