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Wheat Scoop

The Wheat Scoop is a weekly news feature from the Kansas Wheat Commission, informing wheat farmers, the grain industry and the public about the marketing and utilization of Kansas wheat. Hosted by Marsha Boswell, the features cover a wide range of topics, from breeding new wheat varieties to domestic and international utilization, as well as new uses, nutrition and trends in domestic and international wheat foods and wheat flour consumption.  Each edition is approximately 4-minutes in length.

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08-18-17WHEAT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER– A highly-accomplished student from northwest Kansas who has developed a passion for agriculture in recent years has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell has her story. WS 08-18
08-11-17WHEAT VIRUS CAMPAIGN– At a recent informational seminar for wheat producers, one topic dominated a great deal of the discussion: how to contend with the wheat streak mosaic disease problem which ravaged wheat fields in the western half of Kansas this year. Marsha Boswell reports.WS 08-11
08-04-17VOLUNTEER WHEAT CONTROL– The “Stop the Streak” campaign is very much underway in Kansas.  The aim is to encourage wheat growers to control their volunteer wheat ahead of planting this fall, in a concerted effort to reduce the potential for wheat streak mosaic disease in the 2018 crop. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 08-04
07-28-17FARM BILL TESTIMOMY– The latest round of testimony on the make-up of the 2018 Farm Bill recently took place in Washington. It focused on the risk management elements of federal farm policy…and Kansas wheat producer interests were well represented in that session.  Jordan Hildebrand provides a recap.WS 07-28
07-21-17U.S. WHEAT LEADER– A native Kansan and former administrator of the International Grains Program at Kansas State University has been named to a major leadership post with the nation’s primary wheat marketing agency…based in part on his long and successful background in the milling industry.  Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 07-21
07-14-17ANCIENT WHEAT LINES– Wheat researchers at Kansas State University are turning back the clock, in a big way, in the quest for favorable genetic traits for the next generation of wheat varieties. Marsha Boswell explains.WS 07-14
07-07-17WHEAT QUALITY PROJECT– Marsha Boswell says a new major grant from the USDA and Kansas wheat growers will allow researchers at Kansas State University to take the next big step toward developing wheat varieties with improved milling and baking traits at a greatly accelerated rate WS 07-07
06-30-17STUMPING FOR NAFTA– Wheat industry leaders recently addressed lawmakers about the merits of maintaining strong trade relationships with Canada and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 06-30
06-23-17WINNING BREAD BAKER– The 2017 National Festival of Breads, co-sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, just concluded in Manhattan. Marsha Boswell has a recap on the event and its winners.WS 06-23
06-16-17AFRICAN WHEAT BUYERS– Another group of wheat buyers from Nigeria and South Africa will spend time in Kansas this month, observing the wheat harvest and learning how U.S. wheat can best serve their flour-milling needs. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 06-16
06-09-17SUPPORTING FOOD AID In the wake of the Trump administration’s proposal to severely cut funding for USDA food aid programs, a Kansas wheat farmer made the case for sustaining those programs before lawmakers on Capitol Hill recently.  Marsha Boswell has a recap of his comments.WS 06-09
06-02-17WHEAT GENETICS ADVANCES– As evident again this year, there are challenges in successfully growing wheat in the Central Plains.  Marsha Boswell says one particular research center at Kansas State University continues its quest to address those challenges.  WS 06-02
05-26-17WHEAT YIELD CONTEST– It’s not too late for wheat growers to sign up for the 2017 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, sponsored by Kansas Wheat. Marsha Boswell says there are multiple opportunities for producers to be recognized for their wheat-growing prowess.  WS 05-26
05-19-17FESTIVAL OF BREADS – Hard red wheat, such as that grown in Kansas, is the foundation for bread flour.  And in the spirit of promoting bread-baking in the U.S., Kansas Wheat is once again sponsoring the National Festival of Breads.WS 05-19
05-12-17WHEAT STREAK MOSAIC– It's been a banner year for wheat streak mosaic disease in the Kansas wheat crop, and producers are being called upon to increase their efforts to prevent a repeat next growing season.  WS 05-12
05-05-17WHEAT TOUR WRAP-UP – Because of the unprecedented wheat crop conditions encountered during part of the event, the 2017 Hard Winter Wheat Tour throughout Kansas and parts of neighboring states will go down as one of the most memorable in history.  WS 05-05
04-28-17KANSAS WHEAT TOUR - The Wheat Quality Council is sponsoring the 2017 Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour throughout Kansas and parts of neighboring states, gathering information this week on the yield potential in the Central Plains region.  WS 04-28
04-21-17AG IN THE CLASSROOM - As generation after generation becomes further removed from production agriculture, the importance of incorporating agricultural themes into public education grows. Tat’s the mission of the Kansas Agriculture in the Classroom program.WS-04-21
04-14-17NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BREADS– Top bread-bakers from around the country have been chosen to compete in the 2017 National Festival of Breads taking place in June.WS 04-14
04-07-17KANSAS YIELD CONTEST - Growing conditions for the Kansas wheat crop have improved and growers can put their production capabilities on the line by participating in the 2017 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest.  WS 04-07