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With the current health pandemic, one thing is certain: Consumers have made a run on grocery stores and cleaned out products they deem essential. For the most part, those chosen commodities have been toilet paper, hand sanitizer, dairy, meat and shelf staple wheat products like bread and flour.

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For the first time in the recent history of the Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Winter Wheat Tour, the organizers canceled the tour because of concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19. The tour was supposed to take place May 4 to 6, but in the end, it was a very logical decision, said Dav…

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March is Bake and Take Month. Each year in March, we encourage you to bake a plate of cookies or a cake or a loaf of bread and take it to a friend, neighbor or relative. The highlight of this visit for the elderly, ill or shut-ins is when you take time to visit with them when you drop off th…

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state’s five grain commodity commissions—corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat—in districts four, five and six in the central region of the state.

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Knopf Farms is one of three new sites in the Soil Health Partnership network, through a partnership with the National Wheat Foundation, that is evaluating the impacts of diversified crop rotation and how wheat can benefit the soil and other environmental indicators.

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SY Monument, the top planted variety, has seen a gradual increase in overall share of Kansas wheat since 2015 and accounted for 9.7% of the state’s 2020 wheat planted acres.

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The value of Kansas’s 2019 field and miscellaneous crops is forecast at $7.41 billion, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is up 9% from 2018. The value of corn production is expected to total $2.96 billion, up 29% from the previous marketing year. Kansas’s…

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An estimated 130,000 total acres were seeded in Wyoming in the fall of 2019 for harvest in 2020. Cowboy was the most popular winter wheat variety seeded in Wyoming for the 2020 crop with 16.8% of the reported winter wheat acreage. SY Monument was second followed by Warhorse. The data for thi…

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This report provides the results of the Winter Wheat Seedings by Variety Survey, 2020 Crop, conducted by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mountain Regional Field Office. The survey was funded by the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee.

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High school seniors pursuing careers in agriculture are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship. The Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 to honor Herb Clutter's influential role in organizing leadership groups on behalf of Kansas wheat produce…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that, effective immediately, U.S. wheat may now be shipped to Kenya regardless of state of origin or port of export. This important step will allow U.S. wheat from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to be added to the list of states th…

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Two directorships for the Nebraska Wheat Utilization, Development and Marketing Board is open for appointment by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Applications should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. CST on May 1. The current directors, Von Johnson (5) and Brent Robertson (7), have both indicated that th…

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Farmers and ranchers have about three weeks to lock in one financial tool that can assist them in stabilizing their bottom line over the next five years.

In recent weeks, Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University Extension professionals have been adding the latest information on estimated prices for wheat, corn, soybeans and sorghum on Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2019-20 and 2020-21. During a Feb. 13 update at the Ford County Fair Building, Dodge City, Kansas, an update was provided by the county’s Extension office in partnership with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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In the first month, wheat seedlings spend their time developing leaves, crown, and a secondary root system. But, they are also building and storing energy to get through winter. Normally seedlings need four to five leaves and one to two tillers to survive through the winter.

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A new breakfast cereal made its commercial debut in January 2019, and one of its main ingredients is a type of wheat developed by Agricultural Research Service breeders and collaborators.

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As reported in the Feb. 7 K-State Research and Extension eUpdate, Issue 784, with the recent precipitation and snowfall and a few warm days during the week of Jan. 27 to 31, some wheat fields in central and southern Kansas have started to show initial levels of spring greenup and might be st…

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At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Feb. 3 announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The…

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On the heels of a record setting Kansas Corn Symposium, the Kansas Commodity Classic convened producers from across the state in Manhattan on Jan. 24. 

A full day of learning and networking, the event featured presentations that covered pressing issues in agriculture by industry professionals and academia. The unspoken theme of the day was that of perseverance and kicked off with a breakdown of recent farm bill changes and their impacts on Kansas farming operations.

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Corn and wheat growers across Nebraska will be able to gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies that will allow them to more precisely identify the amount of nitrogen fertilizer their crops need, while preventing excess nitrates from ending up in the state’s water supply. 

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The National Association of Wheat Growers has announced that it has selected House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway, R-TX, for its “Wheat Leader of the Year Award.” The Wheat Leader of the Year Award is given annually to only one member of Congress and is to be considered th…

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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.