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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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 07-12-19WHEAT-TASTIC CONTESTS– If you’re looking for ways to exhibit your creativity, the “wheat-tastic” contests at the Kansas State Fair may be the answer. The Kansas Wheat Commission sponsors family-friendly competitions, including the Bread Sculpture Contest and the Wheat Photography Contest. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 07-12
 07-05-19 WOOING BRAZILIAN WHEAT BUYERS At the invitation of the Kansas Wheat Commission, a team of customers from a top-five wheat importing country got a first-hand look at the Kansas wheat industry and the product it offers. This group learned about all facets of wheat production and flour processing, and the experience was deemed a success. Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 07-05
 06-28-19WILD WHEAT GENETICS– An intensive research effort continues in Manhattan, Kansas, to improve wheat varieties by turning to the past.  Scientists with the Wheat Genetics Resource Center are field-testing wild wheat varieties for favorable characteristics that can be bred into new wheat lines for greater productivity. Marsha Boswell has an update on this work.WS 06-28
 06-21-19AFRICAN WHEAT BUYERS– Recently, the Kansas wheat industry and the product it provides were showcased to visiting wheat customers from various regions of Africa. The aim was to encourage even more wheat sales to these historically-reliable buyers. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 06-21
 06-14-19FESTIVAL OF BREADS WINNERS– Winners in this year’s 2019 National Festival of Breads baking competition have been crowned. Marsha Boswell takes a look at the winners – and their winning entries.WS 06-14
 06-07-19WHEAT RUST RESEARCH– Stripe rust disease has been a formidable foe for central plains wheat growers for several years running. USDA researchers are collaborating with wheat scientists at Kansas State University to take the stripe rust challenge head-on. Marsha Boswell has the story.WS 06-07
 05-31-19FESTIVAL OF BREADS  The 2019 National Festival of Breads is just a few days away.  Co-hosted by Kansas Wheat, this event has become a premier event for home bakers and other wheat-based food enthusiasts. And there’s something for every member of the family at this year’s festival. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 05-31 
 05-24-19WHEAT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER– A student from south-central Kansas who aspires to great things in agricultural science is the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from Kansas Wheat. It honors a Kansas farmer who was a pioneer in wheat industry leadership. Marsha Boswell provides the details.WS 05-24
 05-17-19WHEAT FOLIAR DISEASES– About a month out from the harvest season, winter wheat stands in Kansas remain vulnerable to foliar disease problems. Growers need to be watching their fields closely for indications of these diseases, and be at the ready to protect the crop if necessary. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 05-17
 05-10-19WHEAT GENETIC IMPROVEMENT– To forge the future of wheat crop genetics, researchers at Kansas State University are looking to the past.  In partnership with Australian researchers, K-State scientists are looking at genetically-favorable traits in the ancestors of today’s modern wheat varieties.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 05-10 
 05-03-19WHEAT TOUR RESULTS– Sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, the 2019 Hard Winter Wheat Tour of Kansas and adjoining states took place recently. Tour participants fanned out across wheat country, scouting fields and making projections on field productivity. In general, they found a crop with good, but not great, potential. Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 05-03
 04-26-19FESTIVAL OF BREADS– The 2019 National Festival of Breads is just a little over a month away.  This event, co-sponsored by Kansas Wheat, will take place in Manhattan, Kansas on June 8th, and it features the nation’s leading bread-baking contest.  But there’s much more to the festival beyond that competition…all in the spirit of promoting wheat-based foods. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 04-26
 04-19-19MIDDLE-EAST WHEAT BUYERS– The Kansas wheat industry recently hosted a group of wheat customers from two middle-east countries for an informational tour. These buyers were able to become better acquainted with several aspects of wheat production, marketing and usage. Jordan Hildebrand recaps their experience.WS 04-19 
 04-12-19WHEAT STATUS UPDATE– All in all, the Kansas winter wheat crop is looking pretty decent.  However, it’s really a tale of two crops, as described by a wheat production specialist from Kansas State University.  Marsha Boswell explains.WS 04-12 
 04-05-19FESTIVAL OF BREADS CONTESTANTS– The 2019 National Festival of Breads is only two months away. This event has swelled in popularity, and is an excellent vehicle for promoting bread as a wheat or other grain-based food. The finalists for the national bake-off have now been selected from a highly-competitive field. Jordan Hildebrand has more.  WS 04-05
 03-29-19WHEAT YIELD CONTEST– Kansas wheat producers are encouraged to enter the National Wheat Yield Contest.  Historically, growers in this state have done quite well in this event, and the deadline for taking part this year is rapidly approaching.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 03-29
 03-22-19FESTIVAL OF BREADS CONTESTANTS– As part of its educational outreach on behalf of the wheat industry, Kansas Wheat is a lead sponsor of the biennial National Festival of Breads. The next festival is taking place in June in Manhattan, Kansas. And the eight finalists in the bread-baking competition have been selected.  Marsha Boswell has an update.WS 03-22
 03-15-19KANSAS AGRICULTURE MONTH– Kansas agriculture is committed to feeding the nation and the world. That is being highlighted by a wide spectrum of state agricultural organizations throughout this month, which has been formally declared Kansas Agriculture Month. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 03-15
 03-08-19BAKE-AND-TAKE MONTH– Many years ago, a promotional idea for wheat-based foods emerged out of south-central Kansas…one that has now taken on national prominence. March is designated as Bake-and-Take Month, which encourages sharing the joy of homemade baked goods locally. Jordan Hildebrand has more. WS 03-08
 03-01-19CLUTTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP– College-bound students with an interest in the wheat industry still have time to apply for a highly-prestigious scholarship, sponsored by Kansas Wheat. It is named for one of the early leaders in the state’s wheat producer organization. Mary Marsh has more.WS 03-01 
 02-22-19MEXICO WHEAT BUSINESS– Mexico is one of the most reliable customers for U.S. winter wheat exports.  But the changing trade agreement landscape raises concerns about that market being maintained.  At the core of that is the still-pending approval of the U.S./Mexico/Canada trade agreement.  Marsha Boswell has more. WS 02-22
 02-15-19WHEAT RESEARCH FUNDING– A long-time wheat industry supporter recently ramped up its commitment to improving wheat production, by way of a research grant. It will fund efforts to enhance wheat yields and quality through new approaches to wheat nutrient management. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 02-15 
 02-08-19WHEAT FOOD INFORMATION– In a proactive manner, the wheat industry is fighting back against ongoing misinformation about the healthfulness of wheat-based foods. And these efforts are meeting with success at several levels. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 02-08
 02-01-19CLUTTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Applications are now being taken for a scholastic scholarship named for a true pioneer in the Kansas wheat industry. Students heading to college to pursue a degree in agriculture are eligible for the Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship offered through the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 02-01 
 01-25-19FARM WOMEN CONFERENCE– The 2019 Women Managing the Farm Conference is scheduled for early February in Manhattan, Kansas..and there's still time to get registered for this popular event. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 01-25
 01-18-192018 COMMODITY CLASSIC– Grain producers are invited to take part in the annual Kansas Commodity Classic, which is just days away now.  The top four grain producer organizations in the state sponsor this event, and they have assembled a well-rounded informational program. Marsha Boswell has the details.WS 01-18 
 01-11-19TRADE PROMOTION FUNDING – One of the lesser-publicized features of the new 2018 Farm Bill is the renewed funding for agricultural commodity trade promotion.  This is very good news for the wheat industry, which is heavily reliant on that support.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 01-11 
 01-04-19KANSAS COMMODITY CLASSIC – Kansas corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybean producers are all invited to attend the Kansas Commodity Classic January 24th at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan. Marsha Boswell previews this year’s annual convention of Kansas’ top crops.WS 01-04 
 12-21-18NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BREADS– Homemade bread bakers are invited to enter their favorite recipes into the competition at the 2019 National Festival of Breads.  This increasingly-popular event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, and will take place in Manhattan, Kansas in early June.  Marsha Boswell has more on this prestigious contest. WS 12-21
 12-14-18FARM BILL TAKE– The 2018 Farm Bill has finally reached the finish line. And wheat industry leaders are universally hailing its passage.  Marsha Boswell talks about what it means to wheat producers.WS 12-14 
 12-07-18WHEAT PLANTING HANGUPS– Despite their best intentions, numerous farmers around Kansas were kept from planting as many acres to winter wheat as they had planned this fall.  It was largely a product of overly-wet weather at the wrong time, and wheat industry leaders in the state expect this has resulted in below-average wheat acres in Kansas for 2019 production.  Marsha Boswell takes a closer look.WS 12-07
 11-30-18WHEAT EXPORT COMPETITIVENESS – Because of a variety of factors around the globe, U.S.-grown wheat has now become a better buy in the global wheat market.   And there’s evidence that international customers are now taking advantage of that via increase imports of U.S. wheat. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 11-30
 11-23-18NATIONAL BREAD MONTH– This month of November is a time to recognize and appreciate the important role of whole grain foods in the human diet…and in particular, whole wheat bread. The nutritional and health value of bread often goes unsung. The celebration of National Bread Month aims to enlighten consumers about those positive attributes, as outlined by Marsha Boswell.WS 11-23
 11-16-18PROMOTING CUBAN TRADE– Agricultural interests have been promoting increased trade with Cuba for quite some time. A recent entourage to that country has hopefully paved the way for opening up further agricultural trade opportunities there…including enhanced U.S wheat sales. Jordan Hildebrand has a recap.WS 11-16
 11-09-18TELLING WHEAT’S STORY– Helping the public become more familiar with the wheat industry and wheat-based foods has been the mission of a special outreach effort which is now entering its second year.  Its first year has been deemed a resounding success. Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 11-09
 11-02-18SUPPORTING WHEAT RESEARCH– The Kansas wheat industry can boast of a world-class facility in the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, which is based at Kansas State University.  As the center continues to grow in its ability to conduct cutting-edge wheat research, it also continues to need support. And this would be a good time for producers to give that consideration. Jordan Hildebrand explains.WS 11-02
 10-26-18ASSESSING TRADE POLICY– Recent positive developments in U.S. trade relationships with other countries have served to ease some of the anxiety over current trade policy.  That’s according to U.S. Wheat Associates, the international wheat marketing agency sponsored by state wheat commissions.  By the same token, uncertainty about what’s next on the trade front remains. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 10-26
 10-19-18WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM– From estate planning to the latest in production agriculture technology, and everything in between, will be covered in the 2019 Women Managing the Farm Conference, which takes place this coming February in Manhattan, Kansas. This outstanding program continues to grow in popularity, and registrations are being taken now. Marsha Boswell provides a full preview of the event.WS 10-19
 10-12-18WHEAT DEVELOPMENT ADVANCES– Thanks to rapid and unprecedented advances in technology, the wheat breeding program at Kansas State University is on the cusp of major strides forward in variety development.  And, according to Marsha Boswell, the relative swiftness in new variety releases could well be impressive.                         WS 10-12
 10-05-18NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BREADS– Once again, the Kansas Wheat Commission will co-sponsor and host the National Festival of Breads in 2019. This event has grown into the nation’s premier bread-baking competition, and recipe entries are now being taken.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 10-05
 09-28-18NEW EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES– With Australia unable to meet its export demand for the white wheat they grow, Kansas wheat farmers have the opportunity to increase exports to meet that international demand. Marsha Boswell reports. WS 09-28
 09-21-18CLUTTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP– A history of leadership, service and academic excellence helped Maria Kimzey of Fredonia receive the 2018 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 09-21
 09-14-18WHEAT VARIETY SELECTIONS– The wheat breeding program at Kansas State University has generated numerous new varieties over the past several years that are living up to their promise in Kansas fields.  One of the agronomists largely responsible for their development has been monitoring their performance, and offers his variety recommendations to producers. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 09-14
 09-07-18WHEAT GENE EDITING– Researchers at Kansas State University have been pioneering new advances in wheat improvement via a process called gene editing.  And now, through the Kansas Wheat Commission, wheat producers have made a major commitment to assuring that work continues to move forward.  Marsha Boswell has the story.WS 09-07 
 08-31-18FEED THE FUTURE SUPPORT– Several years ago. The U.S. Agency for International Development invested in special research initiatives at Kansas State University called the Feed the Future Innovation Laboratories.  These were created to address specific food and hunger causes around the world.  And these have succeeded to the extent that the USAID recently renewed its support for these laboratories.  Marsha Boswell has the details.WS 08-31 
 08-24-18WHEAT VIRUS STEWARDSHIP– Last year, wheat streak mosaic virus ravaged a large part of the Kansas wheat crop, especially in western Kansas. This year, the disease was far less prevalent…but that doesn’t mean producers should let their guard down. Taking cultural steps before and at planting time will go a long way toward keeping wheat streak mosaic at bay, as Marsha Boswell explains. WS 08-24
 08-17-18WHEAT GENOME ADVANCE– Another milestone in wheat genetics research has been reached, as a team of international scientists, led by Kansas State University researchers, have successfully sequenced a key wheat genome.  This will now open the door to rapid development of new, highly-productive wheat varieties which can perform in a wide spectrum of growing conditions.  Marsha Boswell has the story. WS 08-17
 08-10-18STATE FAIR EVENTS– The Kansas wheat industry will once again be featured prominently at the 2018 Kansas State Fair.  It’s set for September 7th-16th at the Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.  And producers are encouraged to contribute to the presence of wheat at this year’s state fair. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 08-10 
 08-03-18I-G-P OUTREACH SUCCESS– Begun in the 1970s, the I-G-P Institute at Kansas State University has reached thousands of international grain customers and users with its educational outreach…introducing them to information that will encourage them to purchase U.S.-produced grains. And the program’s success is well documented, as it continues to grow. Jordan Hildebrand has more.WS 08-03 
 07-27-18LATIN AMERICA WHEAT MARKET– Recently, representatives of the U.S. wheat industry traveled to South America, reaching out to wheat buyers from the Latin America region.  The opportunity to further develop the market in that area appears promising, according to those who took part. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 07-27 
 07-20-18CERTIFIED WHEAT SEED– A wheat crop is only as good as the seed from which it emerged. That’s the ongoing reason for planting quality seed, and the best way to assure that is by using certified seed. Jordan Hildebrand reminds producers of the advantages certified wheat seed provides.WS 07-20
 07-13-18FOOD BLOGGERS REACTION– Several weeks ago, Kansas Wheat hosted a number of well-known social media food writers, introducing them to all stages of the wheat industry in Kansas. Since then, these writers have shared their experiences with their audiences. Marsha Boswell provides a follow-up. WS 07-13
 07-06-18FLOUR MILLER TRAINING– With all the recent rancor about agricultural trade, positive stories about promoting trade are most welcome.  One such example was the recent flour milling short course for wheat buyers from two African countries conducted by the I-G-P Institute at Kansas State University.  Marsha Boswell provides a recap of that event.WS 07-06 
 06-29-18TRADE RESTRICTION COMPLICATIONS– A number of trade actions have been taken lately in the cause of national security. According to the organization which promotes U.S. wheat exports around the world, that is a faulty strategy which is leading to negative consequences for U.S. agriculture. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 06-29
 06-22-18AFRICAN WHEAT BUYERS– Historically, several African countries have been highly-reliable customers of Kansas-grown hard red winter wheat.  A team of wheat buyers from that region were recently in the state, learning more about what Kansas wheat growers have to offer this year.  Marsha Boswell has more. WS 06-22
 06-15-18LEARNING ABOUT WHEAT– A group of non-farm social media communicators recently got a first-hand view of what wheat production and research and wheat food preparation are all about.  They traveled to Kansas as the guests of Kansas Wheat.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 06-15
 06-08-18BREAD SCULPTURE CONTEST– The Kansas Wheat Commission is partnering with the Kansas State Fair to host the inaugural Bread Sculpture Contest. According to Cindy Falk, nutrition educator for Kansas Wheat, bread sculptures are a beautiful way to mix art and science. Marsha Boswell covers the rules of the contest and how the breads will be judged. WS 06-08
 06-01-18U.S. AG SECRETARY VISITS KANSAS– U.S. Secretary Sonny Perdue made Kansas a stop on his “Back to Our Roots” Tour on May 30th to meet with farmers. As part of the tour, Perdue and Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran held a panel discussion at the Agricultural Roundup at River Creek Farms near Manhattan. Marcia Boswell has more. WS 06-01
 05-25-18WHEAT GENETIC PROGRESS– The internationally-renowned Wheat Genetics Resource Center at Kansas State University recently showcased the latest advances in genetic improvement of wheat varieties at a special field day just outside Manhattan, Kansas.  Jordan Hildebrand has more. WS 05-25
 05-18-18WHEAT STORM DAMAGE– In large parts of western Kansas, the winter wheat crop has had a rough go of it, virtually since it was planted.  The drought set it back considerably…and more recently, violent hail storms finished numerous stands off for good.  Marsha Boswell has the story. WS 05-18
 05-11-18KANSAS WHEAT DAY– Advances in wheat variety development and wheat production practices will be on full display at the 2018 Kansas Wheat Day, sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission and hosted by K-State’s Agricultural Research Center at Hays. Marsha Boswell has a preview. WS 05-11
 05-04-18WHEAT TOUR RESULTS– The 2018 Hard Winter Wheat Tour of Kansas and adjoining states is now in the books.  And the overall conclusion from the tour was no surprise…the wheat crop in Kansas will likely fall well short of normal production.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 05-04
 04-27-18WHEAT MANAGEMENT SURVEY– Wheat growers can learn from their peers around the state about improving wheat yields.  That’s the premise behind a new statewide survey being conducted by a K-State agronomy researcher, and sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission.  Marsha Boswell has more.WS 04-27 
 04-20-18FARM BILL PROPOSAL– The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has officially marked up its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which eventually will earn floor debate in the full House.  Within it are assorted provisions that would likely work to the benefit of wheat producers. Marsha Boswell has more.                                                  WS 04-20
 04-13-18WHEAT FREEZE DAMAGE– Recent hard freezes have brought into question the condition of the Kansas winter wheat crop, which has already been under duress from persistent dry conditions. K-State agronomists have sized up the factors that typically contribute to wheat freeze damage, and have offered an assessment. Marsha Boswell has more.WS 04-13
 04-06-18WHEAT YIELD CONTEST– Entries are now being taken for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest, where growers can vie for top honors in wheat production prowess. This competition also serves as a showcase for production practices that can maximize crop performance. Marsha Boswell has more. WS 04-06