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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its January 2020 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on Jan. 10.

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Technology changes rapidly in every aspect of life. For farmers, keeping up with all changes in equipment, analysis methods and best practices can make a major difference in their productivity and, ultimately, their bottom line.

From aerial crop-monitoring drones to driverless tractors, the present and future of Kansas agriculture takes center stage at the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference Jan. 16 to 17 at the Geary County Convention Center, 310 Hammons Dr., in Junction City.

The conference is sponsored by the Kansas Ag Research & Technology Association and K-State Research and Extension.

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What’s Thanksgiving without stuffing, Christmas without gingerbread, Fourth of July without hamburgers, or birthdays without cake? A world without wheat looks a lot different when the most iconic of our foods are made from it. As every Kansan knows, we are the bread basket of the U.S. and pr…

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All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Jan. 24, 2020. The Kansas Commodity Classic is the annual convention of Kansas' top crops—corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans, and will take place at the K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kansas, with registration and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thanks to the generous support of the Kansas corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybean associations and our sponsors, registration is free for farmers and friends.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released an updated 2020 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer budgeting tool just in time to help Texas High Plains producers plan for the new year, said Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist in Amarillo.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, Dec. 10, and it didn’t have much good news for farmers.

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The outlook for 2019-2020 U.S. wheat is for decreased supplies, higher exports, and lower ending stocks, according to USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released Dec. 10. Wheat imports are lowered 15 million bushels to 105 million on a slower than expected pace to date; Ha…

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A national U.S. Department of Agriculture survey, published recently in Plant Disease, provides the first large-scale, systematic insight into how wheat and barley growers manage Fusarium head blight, also known as scab, and where they get information on how to control this destructive disease.

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As you are making your end of the year tax plans, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation of cash to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation to further wheat research efforts at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center. Or better yet, how about donating an acre of wheat, or…

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following wheat conditions for the week ending Dec. 2:

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Agricultural producers and others interested in learning the latest information about best crop production practices for southwestern Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains should register now to attend the Jan. 22 to 23, 2020, Red River Crops Conference in Altus.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following wheat conditions for the week ending Nov. 24:

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Wheat is a resilient crop, thanks in part to the cutting-edge genetics that modern varieties have, but even the hardiest of plants need a rain every now and then. At the Nov. 19 meeting of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, board members from across the state reported on current crop c…

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following wheat conditions for the week ending Nov. 18:

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, Nov. 8, which showed the affect of a tough growing season and challenging fall harvest across much of the United States.

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The Texas Wheat Symposium will be Dec. 4 in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show in the Grand Plaza Room at the Amarillo Civic Center. The free event will begin at 10 a.m.

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At 211.59 bushels per acre, Rick Pearson’s AgriPro SY Ovation entry from Buhl, Idaho, broke all expectations for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. It won the Bin Buster Award for the Irrigated Class and set a new record.

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Mother Nature has decided to swing around from season to season with no rhyme or reason over the last few weeks, and that ever-changing weather pattern may have some effects on Kansas wheat. K-State Research and Extension Agronomy's E-Update has the latest information on the rapidly changing…

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“This river in general is very handsome, except at the rapid, where it is risking both life and property to pass.”—From the journal of Sgt. Patrick Gass, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report Oct. 10 as several major crops are now projected to see a decline in harvested bushels.

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For the week ending Oct. 28, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following:Nebraska: Winter wheat condition rated 3% very poor, 8 poor, 28 fair, 48 good, and 13 excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 92%, near 88 last year and 91 average.Kansas: Winter wheat condition r…

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November is a great time for pumpkin spice and everything nice, but it’s also the perfect time to celebrate National Bread Month. The wheat that Kansas grows is exceptionally adept at creating tasty, homemade bread, so be sure to celebrate this homegrown holiday.

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Raegan Klaassen, daughter of Chris and Ginger Klaassen, was awarded the overall grand champion award showing her Doublestop CL Plus variety in the 2019 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Klaassen placed second in production and milling and fifth in baking, earning her the title of first pla…

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Reading the directions on the back of a cake mix box and adding the ingredients step by step may seem simple enough but it is no easy feat to ensure the consumer ends up with a consistent cake from box to box. How do baked good brands stay the same store to store, how does a cake get its per…

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For the week ending Oct. 13, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following wheat crop conditions:

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Justin Knopf of Knopf Farms near Gypsum, Kansas, is a fifth-generation farmer and a partner in a diversified operation that grows wheat, alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and sorghum.

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National Association of Wheat Growers’ CEO Chandler Goule was named a recipient of the 2019 CropLife America Annual Jay Vroom Agricultural Ambassador Award. The award honors a member or an allied organization to CLA who has made a major contribution to public education about pesticides and t…

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Putting cattle on wheat pasture is not always a matter of grazing the wheat out or waiting until the first hollow wheat stem appears. There are some ways to more efficiently use wheat pasture for stocker calves, and even for cows, while also meeting nutrition requirements for better gain. Some of the challenges with putting cattle on wheat pasture include weather, available forage and health issues.

“It can be kind of a risky business and there’s a lot more to get into financially with stocker calves than maybe there was 10 or 15 years ago,” said Dana Zook, northwest Oklahoma area livestock specialist.

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following winter wheat conditions in the High Plains and Midwest for the week ending Oct. 6:

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On Sept. 30, USDA released its Small Grains Summary noting that 2019-20 U.S. wheat production increased to 53.3 million metric tons, up 4 percent from last year due to significant improvements in yield despite lower planted area. While this is still 2 percent below the 5-year average of 54.2…

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service may update acreage, yield, production and stocks estimates for barley, oats, Durum wheat and other spring wheat in the Nov. 8 Crop Production report. Estimates included in the Small Grains 2019 Summary released on Sept. 30 were based on a sampl…

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Farms have always been data-driven. From the paper ledgers of our grandparents, to the computerized Excel spreadsheets of our parents, keeping a ledger of crop inputs, agronomy practices, market prices and more is integral to making a farm profitable.

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Wheat came to Kansas in 1839, and for the next 180 years the state would forever be known as “America’s Breadbasket” and a major supplier of the nation’s pantries.

Tracking crop production statistics was in the national interest and one of the reasons why President Abraham Lincoln asked Congress to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862. The goal was to gather crop information from the farmers on the ground and compile a report that could stop speculation in the marketplace.

Recently, the USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service released the “Kansas Wheat History” report, which compiles records kept by statisticians all the way back to 1919. The report shows that in the last 30 years, wheat acres planted and harvested have seen a steady decline, whether based on weather or market factors.

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Wheat is the world’s largest rain-fed crop in terms of harvested area and supplies about 20% of all calories consumed by humans. A new study has found that unless steps are taken to mitigate climate change, up to 60% of current wheat-growing areas worldwide could see simultaneous, severe and…

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The baking contest was almost over at the Oklahoma State Fair and Katherine Ereman was in the audience anxiously awaiting the judge’s verdict. As the entries were brought out, her heart sank when she saw that her cheesy onion bread was fourth in line.

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The Sept. 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the United States Department of Agriculture brought some good news to soybean growers and dairymen, while corn growers saw a dimmer light at the end of the tunnel.