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It’s an image we sing about, “amber waves of grain,” but the public sometimes struggles to understand the journey of wheat from the seed to the field to their tables at home.

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Wheat constitutes 20% of all calories and protein consumed, making it a cornerstone of the human diet, according to the United Nations. However, hotter and drier weather, driven by a changing climate, threatens the global wheat supply.

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Seven months into marketing year 2020-21, USDA currently forecasts total U.S. wheat exports will reach 26.8 million metric tons, which, if realized, would be 2% more than 2019-20 and 7% more than the 5-year average. As of Dec. 24, 2020, U.S. wheat commercial sales were 9% ahead of last year’…

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A set of calves grazing winter pasture at the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Research Center near Clayton, New Mexico, may look typical of Texas High Plains cattle, but this group is special—they are Raramuri Criollo crossbred calves.

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The gap between published potential yields and how many bushels go in the hopper is a function of environment and management. Kansas wheat farmers cannot control the weather, but K-State researchers are tackling what strategies farmers can realistically use to both maximize yield and make a profit.

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The House of Representatives recently passed the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020, S. 4054. The National Association of Wheat Growers applauds both the House and Senate for their bipartisan work to move the bill forward and reauthorize the GSA through Sept. 30, 2025.…

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Older varieties of crops are not widely seen growing in fields today, but their impacts on the agricultural industry will never be forgotten. The Dec. 7 Sustainable, Secure Food Blog highlights the legacy behind Madsen, a wheat cultivar that shaped today’s wheat production.

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In a paper published Nov. 25 in Nature, Kansas State University researchers, in collaboration with the international 10+ Genome Project led by the University of Saskatchewan, have announced the complete genome sequencing of 15 wheat varieties representing breeding programs around the world—a…

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The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2020 National …

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For the week ending Nov. 8, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following wheat crop conditions.

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The Kansas hard white wheat crop is exhibiting good milling and baking quality, even though production was down in 2020, according to the annual Crop Quality Report published by U.S. Wheat Associates.

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Cason Liebst has a passion for agriculture and the drive to inform consumers about what farmers and ranchers do. This led to him being chosen as the recipient of the 2020 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship.

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The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 can be used by farmers and ranchers to help them through a difficult year, according to the Oct. 8 webinar conducted by Kansas State University’s agricultural economics program.

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Kansas farmers are just finishing planting and watching their 2021 wheat crop emerge, but world buyers are already highly anticipating next summer’s harvest. Each month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture keeps producers and end-users alike up-to-date on the latest projections for U.S. and g…

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Across the country farmers are putting in long hours as they find themselves in the middle of fall harvest. For many, this is the most exciting time of the year. Months of hard work and decision-making are finally coming to fruition. It’s the report card of the growing season and it’s the first accurate glimpse at how the balance sheet may look at the end of the year.

As a producer, the yield results coming in allow you to begin evaluating your management decisions. But exactly how are your evaluations being made? Gone are the days of seeing a disappointing yield result, scratching your head as to what when wrong and hoping next year is better. More and more producers are beginning to look for answers as to why decisions didn’t produce the results they expected.

It’s not in plain sight, but information that has a real impact on your bottom line is out there just waiting to be discovered. It’s not a game of hide and seek, but rather leveraging technology from one of the most sophisticated pieces of equipment on your farmyour combine.

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Brent Robertson, wheat farmer and former District 7 representative of the Nebraska Wheat Board, was recently appointed by Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Variety Protection Board. His term began immediately after his appointment and expi…

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President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Sept. 17 the U.S. Department of Agriculture will implement an extension of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

The original CFAP only covered assistance to hard red spring and durum wheat farmers, which left many growers without coverage. As part of the CFAP 2, officials have announced an additional $14 billion for agriculture producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19, including growers of all classes of wheat.

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Grain growers in western Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state’s five grain commodity commissions—corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers—should be gathering petition signatures now to meet the Nov. 30, 2020, filing deadline.

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Everyone has a measurable goal, whether it is a basketball player dreaming of scoring 50 points in a game or training a racehorse to outpace Secretariat’s record-shattering 2 minutes, 24 seconds run from the 1973 Belmont Stakes. For Trent Peck, co-owner at P2 Farms near Hunter, Oklahoma, his…

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Curtis Rainbolt, BASF technical service representative, is a middleman. Though the term sometimes carries a negative connotation, in the world of crop protection those middlemen are critical links between lab and field.

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U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-KS, Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and other Senate colleagues sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting funds in the CARES Act be provided to wheat growers of all wheat variet…

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High Plains Journal's 2020 wheat seed books for Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado are now available for download and viewing online. Visit https://www.hpj.com/resources/crop_seed_guides to see other crop seed guides as they become available for corn, soybean and sorghum.

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Sorghum and wheat producers share commonalities in growing market share in crops that are starting to find their way into the limelight. Charlie Haas, Larned, Kansas; Eric Purvis, Weskan, Kansas; and Kent Martin, Carmen, Oklahoma, served on a growers’ panel at the Sorghum U/Wheat U event sponsored by High Plains Journal.

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Sorghum, like any other crop, has garnered a certain reputation among growers, both good and bad. Josh Lofton, assistant professor and cropping systems specialist at Oklahoma State University, spoke at High Plains Journal’s Sorghum U/Wheat U virtual event and challenged producers to stop put…

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How to properly manage soil fertility and farmland to its utmost potential with proper nutrients is a constant conundrum. Nick Ward, president of Ward Laboratories, Inc. in Kearney, Nebraska, discussed this and the importance of soil testing at High Plains Journal’s Sorghum U/Wheat U virtual…

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As Laura Haffner and her crew started the northern trek to the expansive dryland fields of my home state of Montana, this custom writer and photographer packed her cameras and headed further west over the mountains to catch the harvest rumbling to a start in the Palouse region of eastern Was…

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Wheat silage or wheatlage, is becoming a more popular option for cattle and dairy producers. Jourdan Bell, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomist, spoke about wheat silage at High Plains Journal’s Sorghum U/Wheat U virtual event.

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Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations for Kansas Wheat provided an annual update on activities and research conducted by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Wheat Commission. He spoke at the first session of the virtual Sorghum U/Wheat U, hosted by High Plai…

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The click beetles have a catchy name and in the adult stage they represent no threat to cereal crops. Unfortunately this beetle’s larval stage—wireworms—can crimp a wheat producer’s profits if he has an infestation.

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Despite all 2020 could throw at him, Romulo Lollato, Kansas State University associate professor of wheat and forages production, was able to conduct his experiments across Kansas almost like normal.

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The Nebraska Wheat Board recently held their first quarter meeting in North Platte, Nebraska. The meeting included the swearing in of Rick Dunbar as representative of District 7, updates from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a strategic planning discussion and the election of this year’s …

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In 2020, wheat breeders don’t have a tricked out DeLorean, or “Time-Flux Capacitor” to travel back in time. They don’t need them. Instead they’re using the recently unlocked wheat genome and a collection of ancient wild emmer wheat specimens to save the future of wheat farming.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be presenting the annual Big Country Wheat Conference as webinars this year. The free event will run on three consecutive Thursdays starting Aug. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. each day.

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One of the most important decisions wheat growers make each year is deciding what varieties to plant. Some have greater resistance to certain diseases than others. Some yield well despite pressure from some pests and diseases. So gathering information about how different varieties have perfo…

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Size matters when it comes to many postemergence herbicides and effective weed control in double-cropping systems, Oklahoma State University experts said.