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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. 

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In a new study, scientists have found that genome segments from a wild grass are present in more than one in five of elite bread wheat lines developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

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The smell of animal barns and the quiet sizzle of frying foods fill the air. The Ferris wheel towers over the midway. The hard work of 4-Hers, FFA students and open class participants line the walls of buildings. The subtle roar of carnival barkers and the muffled screams from Ye Old Mill we…

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Bob Delsing of Hemingford and Mark Knobel of Fairbury were elected chair and vice chair respectively of the Nebraska Wheat Board during the board’s most recent meeting. Both will serve in that capacity for a period of one year.

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Attendees at the first combined Sorghum U/Wheat U event at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane, Kansas, were the big winners Aug. 14. Sorghum U/Wheat U was sponsored by High Plains Journal and IntelliFarms.

A farmer panel brought the experiences of four farmers from varied backgrounds, and kicked the day off. The farmer panel included Mike Younger, Bison, Kansas, a diversified wheat and sorghum grower; Justin Knopf, a Saline County, Kansas, farmer who is also vice president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers; Kent Martin, a sixth generation farmer from Alva, Oklahoma, and Kent Winter, Andale, Kansas, farmer and president of Kansas Grain Sorghum.

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Hidden in the stubble of 2019's wheat harvest, wheat curl mites are moving to find sprouting volunteer wheat seedlings to inhabit and continue the life cycle of wheat streak mosaic virus. The wheat streak mosaic virus instigated by these mites seriously affects the total yield of a wheat crop. 

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Wheat is an integral part of many Kansas 4-H members’ agronomy projects—after all, the state typically raises almost one-fifth of the wheat grown in the United States year after year.

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There was a time when passing out recipe booklets and samples at the grocery store were the height of reaching a consumer audience. Back when housewives physically wandered the aisles with their coupons and their lists, doing the daily shopping, it was easy for farmers and ranchers to reach them with their pitches about their commodities.

But times change.

Meal delivery services, a rise in dining out, even the ability to order groceries online and have them delivered to your car are all taking the consumer out of the grocery store. Today the tactics of checkoff organizations, tasked with research, education, marketing and promotion on behalf of their farmers, have to take on a new dimension to reach the buying public.

 Enter the food blogger influencer. 

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A 65-year comparative analysis between U.S. yields of irrigated and rain-fed crops has sounded a message to farmers, land managers and policymakers: Mind the gap.

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The sun beats down as Jeff Noel stares out at miniature fields of wheat near Yuma, Arizona. These aren’t the sprawling yellow fields of grain from western Nebraska. Each mini field or plot measures less than 75 square feet. As the director of Husker Genetics, part of Noel’s job is production…

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Folks across the country find all kinds of ways to celebrate their favorite universities and sports teams.

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It was supposed to be a speech about energy in Pennsylvania on Aug. 13 but President Donald Trump strayed from his prepared remarks to discuss trade with Japan.

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American farmers were unable to plant more than 19 million acres to crops this year. That’s the most prevented plant acres reported since 2007, and nearly 17.5 million acres more than were reported this time last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency released its Crop Acreage Data Report Aug. 12.

“Of those prevented plant acres, more than 73% were in 12 Midwestern states, where heavy rainfall and flooding this year has prevented many producers from planting mostly corn, soybeans and wheat,” according to the release.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its hotly anticipated monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates on Aug. 12. This report was expected to show the updated July USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service acreage numbers for corn and soybeans. 

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The 43rd annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is set for Aug. 27 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.

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Kansas, along with numerous other states across the United States, was dealt severe rainfall and abnormal weather conditions this spring and early summer. The rainfall and cool temperatures invited a breeding ground for various diseases, most notably Fusarium head blight, or head scab.

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Romulo Lollato and Jourdan Bell will be headlining sessions you won’t want to miss Aug. 14 at the Sorghum U/Wheat U event at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane, Kansas. 

The combined event will give wheat and sorghum producers practical learning opportunities they can take home to implement on their own fields.

Lollato, assistant professor, wheat and forages, Kansas State University, will walk wheat producers through the latest practical research that they can take back to their farms in the coming year to improve their yield and quality production goals. 

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced July 12 it has determined that genetically engineered wheat found in Washington state in June are varieties MON 71300 and MON 71700 that were developed by Monsanto (now owned by Bayer CropScience.)

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Gov. Pete Ricketts reappointed Bob Delsing of Hemingford, Nebraska, and Mark Knobel of Fairbury, Nebraska, as directors for Districts 1 and 6 respectively on the Nebraska Wheat Board. This will be the second term for both Delsing and Knobel.

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Throughout the ages, farmers have planted wheat seed saved from their previous crop. When making seed wheat decisions, they selected the best quality seed from the highest yielding varieties.

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The U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors seated new officers at its recent annual meeting in Whitefish, Montana. USW is the export market development organization representing U.S. wheat farmers.

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While rainfall is important for crop production, the amounts falling across the High Plains have negatively impacted row crops and agricultural operations, with potential effects extending into the summer growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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Kansas State University Extension Plant Pathologist Erick DeWolf cautions that some growers in central and eastern Kansas are reporting symptoms of Fusarium head blight, or head scab, in their fields this year.

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When U.S. Wheat Associates was planning its 2019 Mexico Wheat Trade Conference, no one anticipated that the threat of new tariffs on Mexican imports would come just days before the meeting started.

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Can a small circuit board, barely the size of a credit card, help the world’s wheat to beat the heat? Kansas State University researchers think so, and they say that they’ve built the world’s first facility to help them prove it.

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The color purple ruled the 2019 National Festival of Breads baking competition, June 8. Which was only appropriate, considering the festival is held in Manhattan, Kansas, every other year.

Both grand prize winners—Merry Graham of Newhall, California, and RaChelle Hubsmith of North Logan, Utah—featured the color in their winning recipes. Graham’s Blackberry Ginger Speculaas Danish Wreath with ribbons of purple blackberry jam topped the Food Blogger Division, while Hubsmiths’ Chai Ube Rosette Rolls, featuring purple sweet potatoes as a key ingredient, won the Home Baker Division.

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The June 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed the effects of trade and weather on crops and livestock in the United States.