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High Plains Journal - Wheat
Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Feature Story

Choosing gain over grain

By Jennifer M. Latzke

It was one of the recurring story lines of the 2019 Wheat Quality Council Hard Winter Wheat Tour April 29 to May 2—there sure seems to be a lot of farmers choosing to graze out their wheat this year. 

And while producers up and down the High Plains have grazed out their wheat from time to time, Oklahoma farmers and cattlemen have decades of experience in the practice.

The choice between taking a wheat crop to grain harvest, or choosing to use it for stocker cattle gains has many different triggers, explained Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market economist, and Kim Anderson, professor and Extension economist. It’s worth taking a look at what factors played a roll in this year’s decisions so that farmers might identify future opportunities. Read more

Wheat U Expert Insight

Wheat U 2019-Mike Frohlich

Mike Frohlich is the co-founder of Laughing Sun Brewery. At Wheat U he discussed the importance of using quality wheat and other ingredients to enhance the flavor profile and make the best beer possible.

Growers share struggles at Wheat U

Three North Dakota farmers shared their tips, tricks and struggles in growing wheat with fellow farmers and agronomists during the Wheat U event. Agweek, High Plains Journal and BASF hosted Wheat U on Jan. 17, in Bismarck.


Wheat News You May Have Missed

Oklahoma wheat harvest held up by Mother Nature

By Lacey Newlin

The continued wet conditions across Oklahoma are impacting the wheat crop in multiple ways, including diseases, pests and harvest in general. Read more

Texas wheat tour showcases quality varieties

By Jennifer M. Latzke

For the first time, the Texas A&M AgriLife Wheat Field Day at the Bushland, Texas, Agricultural Experiment Station “took the show on the road” with a bus tour of wheat plots across the Panhandle. Stops included irrigated wheat trials at Bushland and near Dalhart, triticale plots near Conlen, and dryland wheat trials near Groom.  Read more

ARS efforts should help ensure our wheat supply

By Dennis O'Brien, Agricultural Research Service

Agricultural Research Service scientists and their partners published a study June 10 that should boost efforts to develop new varieties of wheat that are better equipped to resist a fungal disease that threatens global wheat production each year. Read more

Artisan grain workshop highlights pleasing millennials

By Lacey Newlin

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission held the first “All You Knead to Know” artisan and grain workshop in Stillwater, Oklahoma, May 15. The workshop focused consumer satisfaction and research developments that will add value to wheat. Read more

Magruder Plots offer research opportunities for Oklahoma State University

By Lacey Newlin

Travelers entering the city limits of Stillwater, Oklahoma, by way of Highway 51, notice pristine white fences containing many of Oklahoma State University’s farms and agriculture endeavors. Read more


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Jennifer and Kylene bring Part 2 of their interview with Dr. Nancy and Dr. Jerry Jaax, the real veterinarians behind the hit National Geographic series "The Hot Zone." They also feature an interview from the wheat field with HPJ's All Aboard Wheat Harvest correspondents and KFRM.