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 3-minutes in length.
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ATTACKING WHEAT BUNT PROBLEM– The plant disease known as common bunt has been asserting itself in Kansas wheat fields in recent years. It has become a costly problem for growers…so much so, that researchers at Kansas State University have launched an all-out effort to learn more about the disease and what can be done to curb it. Mary Marsh has more.
WHEAT TOUR RESULTS– Sponsored by the Wheat Quality Council, the 2022 Hard Winter Wheat Tour of Kansas and neighboring states just concluded. Tour participants inspected scores of wheat fields across the state to come up with an estimate on this year’s Kansas crop. And to the surprise of no one, the projected yield was far short of the norm. Mary Marsh provides a recap on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.
WHEAT SHIPMENT ISSUES– Snags in the movement of wheat and other grains by rail from country elevators to downstream market points are gaining national attention. The magnitude of the rail freight shipment problem is resonating with many agricultural interests, including wheat farmers who are weighing in on the issue. Mary Marsh has more.
FOOD AID EFFORTS– The Russian attack on Ukraine is leaving an indelible mark on world food supplies…prompting the need for ramped-up international food aid from the U.S. Interestingly, the origins of such aid go back some 70 years, upon the inspiration of a northwest Kansas wheat farmer. And to this day, wheat remains a mainstay of food aid efforts to needy countries. Marsha Boswell has more.
RUSSIA/UKRAINE WHEAT IMPACTS– The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent battle continues to resonate in international wheat channels. With both of those countries being major players in world wheat production, the impacts are definitely felt in Kansas wheat country. Mary Marsh takes a closer look.
CHEF WHEAT KNOWLEDGE– It is in the interest of wheat producers that all end users of the grain be informed about the product as much as they can be. Recent outreach efforts targeting professional chefs were conducted for this purpose, and they were deemed quite successful. Mary Marsh has more.
WHEAT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER– An agriculture-enthusiastic student from eastern Kansas has just been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. The scholarship is named for a legendary figure in the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell has the story.
WORSENING WHEAT CONDITIONS– Relentless dry weather is really starting to put pressure on the condition of the Kansas winter wheat crop now. As several leading wheat producers testify, the moisture situation needs to improve as soon as possible to avoid damage to yields. Mary Marsh has more.
WHEAT MARKETER TRAINING– U.S wheat marketing professionals from around the world recently came to Kansas to brush up on what’s happening in the wheat research and production arenas. Their visit comes at a time when the world wheat market is very much up for grabs because of recent geo-political events. Mary Marsh has more.
WHEAT YIELD CONTEST– As the winter wheat crop breaks dormancy and resumes growth, growers can start sizing up their prospects for entering the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest. Entries are now being taken, and Mary Marsh showcases the event on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.
BAKE-AND-TAKE MONTH– Many years ago, a wheat industry advocacy group called the Kansas Wheathearts initiated something called “Bake-and-Take Month” to promote baking wheat foods. That promotion, which is still going strong, is observed during the month of March. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT GENETIC DEVELOPMENT– Scientists at Kansas State University continue to reach back into the past for genetic answers to wheat variety improvement. And recently, they’ve met with still more successes, identifying genetic material that could lead to greater yield performance. Mary Marsh has more.
NEW WHEAT VARIETY– It came about in somewhat unconventional fashion, but the newest wheat variety release out of Kansas State University’s wheat breeding program is now set for its debut. It is likely to join the ranks of previous K-State varieties that have performed well for producers in Kansas and the central plains region. Mary Marsh has more.
CLUTTER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY– Every year, Kansas Wheat supports the higher education of a young person interested in the field of agriculture, via the Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship. It’s named for one of the founding organizers of wheat producers in the state of Kansas, and applications are due very soon. Mary Marsh has more.
AG WOMEN’S CONFERENCE RECAP– A major conference for women in agriculture recently took place in Manhattan, co-sponsored by Kansas Wheat. The program was loaded with important contemporary information for the large audience attending. Mary Marsh has a recap.
ADVANCING WHEAT QUALITY– Wheat development and management experts at Kansas State University, along with private wheat interests, are championing the cause for higher-quality wheat out of the field. And they spoke on achieving that at two recent and well-attended Wheat Rx seminars in Kansas. Marsha Boswell provides a recap.
WHEAT CONDITION UPDATE– The widespread dryness in Kansas from last fall to the present has raised concerns about the state of the winter wheat crop. It’s a long way to harvest time, and wheat’s traditional resistance to adverse conditions will be put to the test. But some positive signs are starting to show up. Marsha Boswell has more.
WINTER BREAD BAKING– The Wheat Foods Council, of which Kansas Wheat is a participant, is encouraging families to take advantage of time indoors during the remainder of the winter to experience the enjoyment of baking bread and other wheat-based delicacies. Marsha Boswell endorses that idea on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.
WHEAT RESEARCH RECOMMENDATIONS– Two upcoming seminars will present Kansas wheat farmers with the latest recommendations for high-yielding and high-quality wheat. The day-long seminars, being held February 8th in Wichita and February 9th in Hays, are part of Wheat Rx, a partnership between Kansas Wheat and K-State Research and Extension. Marsha Boswell has more.
FARM WOMEN CONFERENCE– Over the last two decades, it has proven extremely popular with women who are involved with production agriculture…the annual Women Managing the Farm Conference. Co-sponsored by Kansas Wheat, this year’s conference will be an in-person event once again. It takes place in early February, and Marsha Boswell has the full details.
WHEAT PRODUCER MEETINGS– A tandem of events set for later this month will be of great interest to Kansas wheat growers. One will center on developing policy in support of the wheat industry, and the other will feature keynote speakers addressing current issues of high importance to producers. Marsha Boswell has a preview of both meetings.
THE MEETING SEASON– Once the new year gets here, wheat growers will have an assortment of opportunities to learn about things important to their operations. Numerous workshops and conferences are on the slate for early 2022, and producers are encouraged to be putting one or more of those on their agendas. Marsha Boswell has the complete rundown.
RIDDING OF RYE– The close biological relationship between winter wheat and feral rye leads to issues when rye turns up in a wheat stand. This has been a long-standing headache for growers who don’t want to incur the price discounts for rye in their harvested wheat. A Kansas State University researcher is making progress in coming up with a reliable control answer for feral rye. Marsha Boswell has the story.
SUPPORTING WHEAT RESEARCH– Charitable donations to non-profit causes is common practice at year’s end. For those with an interest in the wheat industry, such an opportunity exists for supporting wheat production and end-use research, via a contribution to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. Marsha Boswell has more.
HOLIDAY BREAD RECIPES– Bread-based foods are a holiday staple in many a home. In that spirit, Kansas Wheat is inviting home bakers to check out some new recipe ideas for the family’s holiday table. Marsha Boswell has more.
WINNING WHEAT MANAGEMENT– A first-time entrant in the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest from southwest Kansas made quite a splash in his competitive debut. And he says he owes that in part to his willingness to think outside the box in his wheat management. Marsha Boswell has the full story.
YIELD CONTEST WINNERS– A family farm in southwest Kansas has become very proficient in their wheat production…to the point where they are perennial contenders in the National Wheat Yield Contest. And this past growing season, they took the top honors in Kansas. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT IMPROVEMENT DISCOVERY– Wheat researchers at Kansas State University have reached well into the past in coming up with genetic material that will likely lead to greatly improved baking characteristics. It’s the latest discovery in the multiple decades of wheat genetic advancement at K-State. Marsha Boswell has the story.
WHEAT CONTEST WINNERS– The results are in, on this year’s National Wheat Yield Contest. And as usual, Kansas growers put on another good showing…thanks in part to highly-cooperative weather during the growing season. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT QUALITY REPORT– The numbers are now in, on the milling and baking quality of the 2021 U.S. winter wheat crop. And they’ve a favorable story to tell to prospective buyers of U.S. wheat worldwide. Marsha Boswell talks about how that message will be delivered.
SALUTE TO CO-OPS– Farmer-owned cooperatives have been woven into the Kansas agricultural fabric for decades upon decades. They are a highly-important cog in the crop production sector, and often a pillar of rural community economies. October is National Cooperative Month and Marsha Boswell pays tribute to agricultural cooperatives.
WHEAT FUNGICIDE STUDY– Disease control is a yearly management consideration for wheat growers. A new study out of Kansas State University demonstrates the effectiveness of foliar fungicide use in the springtime. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT PRODUCTION RESOURCES– With fall planting well underway, another winter wheat production year is underway in Kansas and the central plains region. Producers are encouraged to take advantage of a new informational resource created by Kansas Wheat in partnership with Kansas State University. Marsha Boswell has more.
TRACKING WHEAT BUSINESS– The wheat industry is a fast-moving complex. Keeping up with all the facets of supply and demand is a daily undertaking by the international wheat marketing agency funded by state wheat commissions and the producers they represent. Marsha Boswell looks into the extent of that information, and how producers can access it.
WHEAT PLANTING MANAGEMENT– The winter wheat planting in Kansas has commenced. And growers have a host of things to think about in their planting management this year, to assure good stand establishment and rapid emergence. Marsha Boswell covers several of those angles on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.
STOP THE SPREAD–It continues to be a formidable problem for Kansas wheat growers…wheat streak mosaic disease. Not only does it remain a major disease threat to wheat production in western Kansas…it now has become much more prominent in central Kansas as well. As Marsha Boswell reports, growers need to attune their management to controlling wheat streak mosaic.
AGRILAND AT THE FAIR– Showcasing agriculture for all to see is one of the traditional hallmarks of the Kansas State Fair, which is now underway in Hutchinson. Kansas Wheat sponsors one such effort which introduces agriculture to school children. It’s an exhibit called Agriland. Marsha Boswell has more.
INTERNATIONAL WHEAT SUPPLIES– These historically-strong wheat prices we’re seeing right now are primarily the result of one thing: ultra-tight world wheat supplies. That could continue to support the wheat market for some time to come, according to a Kansas State University grain market economist. However, the situation could also turn relatively quickly. Marsha Boswell has more.
NEW WHEAT LINES– Two new hard wheat varieties out of the Kansas State University wheat breeding program…one a white variety, the other a red…are going through the final paces toward a targeted release next year. These were developed at the university’s Agricultural Research Center at Hays. And the production numbers they’ve been logging in field trials are quite impressive. Marsha Boswell has more.
INTENSIVE WHEAT MANAGEMENT– Agronomists at Kansas State University have teamed up with the Kansas Wheat Commission to create a multi-layered informational resource for wheat producers. It centers on cutting-edge advice on intensive wheat management, not only for superior yields, but for enhanced wheat quality as well. Marsha Boswell has the story.
WHEAT GROWER MEMBERSHIP– Approaching another wheat planting season in Kansas, this is an opportune time for growers to contemplate the merits of belonging to the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. It adds your voice to wheat policy discussions at the state and national levels, and membership comes with some great perks as well…as explained by Marsha Boswell.
CONTROL VOLUNTEER WHEAT– One of the best preventive measures for wheat streak mosaic virus is to control volunteer wheat early and often after harvest. Marcia Boswell has more.
SOUTH AMERICAN WHEAT BUYERS– Recently, Kansas Wheat, along with counterparts in Oklahoma, were able to showcase the resulting product from the 2021 wheat harvest to wheat customers in South America. International travel restrictions forced this to be a virtual effort, but it came off quite successfully. Marsha Boswell has more.
“FARMER U” EVENT– A well-rounded informational event for farmers is set to take place in south-central Kansas in mid-October. Kansas Wheat is serving as a co-sponsor of “Farmer U”, and will highlight current wheat research initiatives in Kansas while there. Marsha Boswell has a preview.
WHEAT CONSUMER FEEDBACK– The development of new wheat varieties for production in Kansas and elsewhere doesn’t operate in a vacuum. Input from producers most certainly guides decisions on variety genetics research. But wheat breeders also pay attention to what consumers of wheat-based foods have to say as well. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT TRADE WITH CUBA– U.S. wheat growers have long eyed the country of Cuba as a potentially-robust market for American-grown wheat. That prospect has been stymied by decades of trade barriers between the two countries. New actions are underway on Capitol Hill to change that. Marsha Boswell explains.
WHEAT BUYER OUTREACH– Pandemic-related international travel restrictions remain in place, causing Kansas Wheat to take different approaches to reaching out to wheat buyers abroad. One such effort recently concluded, and was deemed quite successful. Marsha Boswell has more.
YOUTH BREAD WINNER– A baking creation which was colorfully named zesty strawberry lemonade swirls won the youth division at the 2021 National Festival of Breads, which recently took place on line. The event was again coordinated and sponsored by Kansas Wheat, and Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT QUALITY ANALYZER– New technology is on the market for wheat producers to help them know the content of their wheat. That information can be quite important when they go to marketing their newly harvested wheat. Marsha Boswell shares how it can be utilized by farmers.
BREAD FESTIVAL WINNER– With her first-ever entry into any bread baking contest, a California home baker recently came away with the top prize from the 2021 National Festival of Breads. This virtual event was again co-sponsored and organized by Kansas Wheat. Marsha Boswell has a recap.
FESTIVAL OF BREADS– The wait is nearly over. The 2021 National Festival of Breads is set for Wednesday, June 9th. Once more, it is a virtual event. And there will be plenty to take in, as Marsha Boswell explains.
GRAIN FOOD NUTRITION– More information has come out now, touting the exceptional nutritional value of grain-based foods, with wheat foods rating very high. It’s just another testimonial to the prominent place that wheat foods deserve in people’s diets, as outlined by Marsha Boswell.
WHEAT TOUR RESULTS– A multitude of things can happen to winter wheat stands from this point until harvest. But going by the results of the just-completed Hard Winter Wheat Tour of Kansas and adjacent states, all the elements are there for a favorable outcome for producers. Marsha Boswell has a recap.
FESTIVAL OF BREADS– The final contestants have been chosen, and the stage is set for the 2021 National Festival of Breads, coordinated and co-sponsored by Kansas Wheat. It’ll take place virtually in early June, and will showcase excellence in home bread baking. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT CROP STATUS– The prospects for the Kansas wheat crop are still in the balance. With the 2021 Hard Red Winter Wheat Tour coming up, the likely outcome will become more clear in the days ahead. Marsha Boswell provides an update on the state of the crop.
WHEAT’S GENETIC EVOLUTION– The advance of wheat genetic traits over time is a remarkable story…which has been captured in a video series produced by the Wheat Foods Council. Marsha Boswell shares some highlights from that documentary.
MEXICO WHEAT BUYING– Sales of Kansas-produced wheat to international buyers have been going impressively well of late, according to the latest trade numbers. And the neighboring country to the south is credited with the lion’s share of that business. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT CROP PROGRESS– Favorable weather conditions over the past several weeks have really given a boost to winter wheat stands across Kansas. While the critical grain production stages are still ahead, growers are generally liking what they see in their fields so far. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT EDUCATION EFFORT– Wheat is very much a health food. That’s the message being amplified in a new consumer education video series sponsored by the Wheat Foods Council. It has enlisted the expertise of a leading wheat scientist to outline the highly-nutritional properties of wheat. Marsha Boswell has more.
DINING ON WHEAT BERRIES– A Kansas wheat farmer is his own best customer – and he’s discovering many ways to enjoy wheat berries. His favorite way to prepare them is to mix in some honey and cinnamon as a side dish, but he also puts them in soups and salads and substitutes wheat berries for rice. Marsha Boswell has more.
AN “EAT WHEAT” EASTER– Families celebrate Easter in a variety of ways. And wheat can be cleverly worked into those activities…as part of the holiday feast or otherwise. Marsha Boswell explains.
NATIONAL AG DAY– It’s an annual occasion to celebrate all that agriculture means to our society and our well-being…National Ag Day. This year, it takes place on Tuesday, March 23rd. And in advance of that, Kansas Wheat joined forces with other agricultural interests in the state to get the message out about the importance of agriculture. Marsha Boswell has more.
WHEAT YIELD CONTEST– It’s an opportunity for wheat producers to display their crop management abilities in the arena of friendly competition. The 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest is now taking entries, with many a Kansas grower having taken home the hardware in the past. Marsha Boswell has more.
BAKE AND TAKE MONTH– In the ongoing effort to encourage consumption of wheat-based foods, Kansas Wheat is once again endorsing a special promotion that’s been around for a half a century. Marsha Boswell says it’s a great way to make important connections locally.
WHEAT WINTERKILL CONCERNS– Winter wheat has a reputation as a highly-durable crop which can withstand harshly-cold winter temperatures. But the recent record cold that settled over Kansas has raised some worry about the possibility of stand winterkill. Several factors play into the chances of such losses, according to a K-State wheat specialist. Marsha Boswell has more.
AGRICULTURE WOMEN CONFERENCE– Despite having to be held virtually, the 2021 Women Managing the Farm Conference turned out to be another glowing success. Kansas Wheat was once again a co-sponsor of this event. Marsha Boswell has a recap of the conference.
FAVORABLE WHEAT STORY– A Kansas farmer and national wheat trade leader recently shared an update on the Kansas wheat industry with the Kansas Legislature. During that testimony, he reported on several positive things going on, on behalf of wheat producers and the state’s agricultural sector. Marsha Boswell has more.
ADVOCATE FOR WHEAT– From an entry position with the Kansas Wheat Commission staff to a leader in international food relief programs, David Frye has logged over 40 years of diverse service to the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell chronicles his valued contributions.
CLUTTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP– Young people who are preparing to study for a career in agriculture may now apply for a special scholarship offered annually through Kansas Wheat. It bears the name of a Kansas farmer who truly set the pace for wheat industry leadership in the state and nation. Marsha Boswell has the details.
KANSAS WHEAT CINEMA– There are numerous sub-plots to the story of Kansas wheat production. And they’ve all be captured in a new video presentation produced by Kansas Wheat. The hope is that this project will give multiple audiences a greater insight into the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell has more.
GRAIN INSPECTION SERVICE– To be successful in the marketplace, customer confidence in a product is essential. That’s why an action taken late in 2020 was highly important to the wheat industry. It allowed for continuation of U.S. federal grain inspection services, which assures U.S wheat buyers abroad that they’re getting quality in their purchases. Marsha Boswell has more.
|01-08-21||FESTIVAL OF BREADS – The 2021 National Festival of Breads is now taking entries for the virtual competition that will take place this spring. Past finalists have some advice for potential participants on submitting their top recipes. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 01-08|
|12-18-20||NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF BREADS– Although it will be held virtually, the 2021 National Festival of Breads will go on. This is the nation’s premier bread-baking competition, organized and co-sponsored by Kansas Wheat, and it serves as a major promotion of wheat-based foods. Entries will be taken early in the new year, with the judging taking place in May. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 12-18|
|12-11-20||INTENSIVE WHEAT MANAGEMENT– Researchers at Kansas State University continue to look into more intensive wheat crop management strategies that will benefit Kansas growers. This is by way of several ongoing projects, all of which rendered useful information this past year. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 12-11|
|12-04-20||WHEAT CONTEST WINNERS– The results are in on the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. And as one might expect, Kansas was well represented in the winners’ circles. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 12-04|
|11-20-20||STOKING WHEAT BUSINESS– Through the per-bushel assessment on their production, wheat producers invest in worldwide efforts to promote U.S. wheat usage abroad. But does that wheat export promotion campaign pay off? The numbers say, resoundingly, yes! Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 11-20|
|11-13-20||THANKSGIVING AND WHEAT FOODS– Thanksgiving is coming, and with it, the family feast. Ever since the inception of the holiday, bread and other wheat-based foods have been standard fare. Marsha Boswell offers some ideas on keeping that tradition going.||WS 11-13|
|11-06-20||TRIBUTE TO FLINCHBAUGH– Since his passing on November 2nd, scores of tributes have come in from all across the nation for Kansas State University’s Barry Flinchbaugh. During his half-century as one of this country’s premier authorities on agricultural policy, Flinchbaugh left his undeniable mark on the agricultural landscape…including his yeoman work with the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 11-06|
|10-30-20||WHITE WHEAT QUALITY– The numbers are now in, on the end-use quality of the 2020 Kansas wheat crop. And the milling-and-baking ratings of hard white wheat varieties in particular really stood out. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 10-30|
|10-23-20||HERB CLUTTER RECIPIENT– The 2020 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship is going to a fourth generation farmer from Medicine Lodge. According to Marsha Boswell, Cason Liebst will receive $1,000 per year as he attends Fort Hays State University majoring in agriculture, and taking classes in both agronomy and animal science.||WS 10-23|
|10-16-20||TRACKING WHEAT SALES – The USDA regularly keeps tabs on global wheat supply and demand via a monthly report. And the international wheat marketing branch of state wheat commissions goes one further. It analyzes and conveys that USDA information to potential buyers of U.S. wheat. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 10-16|
|10-09-20||WHEAT PROGRAM PAYMENTS– Wheat farmers who enrolled their 2019 wheat production in the USDA price support program should soon be seeing those payments arrive in their mailboxes or their bank accounts. Multiple factors go into the calculation of those payments, and the results are now posted on a Kansas State University web site. Marsha Boswell walks through the equations.||WS 10-09|
|10-02-20||TIMELY WHEAT PLANTING– Winter wheat planting in Kansas is moving along at a crisp pace. And seeding wheat in a timely fashion is critical to the yield potential to that stand, as borne out in new Kansas State University research. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 10-02|
|09-25-20||FLOUR SALES BOOM– If there are silver linings to the shutdowns caused by the pandemic, one might be the consumer’s reconnection with the kitchen…and more specifically, home baking. Flour sales have boomed over the last several months. Marsha Boswell has the story of how one Kansas-based flour miller has adjusted to keep up with increased demand.||WS 09-25|
|09-18-20||WHEAT RECIPE BOOK– Many traditions have been put on hold because of the pandemic. The annual release of the Kansas Wheat Recipe Book isn’t one of them. It comes out every September, and the 2020 edition is now available. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 09-18|
|09-11-20||VOLUNTEER WHEAT CONTROL– Though it’s been rather subdued over the past two wheat growing seasons, wheat streak mosaic disease is poised for a major run at the 2021 Kansas wheat crop. That’s because volunteer wheat, which harbors the vector of this disease, is prolific around the state as fall planting time approaches. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 09-11|
|09-04-20||DUAL-PURPOSE WHEAT VARIETIES– Planting winter wheat for both grazing and grain production is a common practice with many growers in the central and southern plains. Some wheat varieties are better suited for this dual-purpose production than others. And those have been identified in a new K-State variety evaluation. Marsha Boswell has the details.||WS 09-04|
|08-28-20||WHEAT FOODS COUNCIL– The Wheat Foods Council is a staunch advocate of wheat-based food consumption. Like just about everything else, its efforts this year have been impacted by the pandemic. Nonetheless, the council has found new and creative ways to forge ahead, continuing to reach consumers with important information on the role of wheat foods in good nutrition. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 08-28|
|08-21-20||WHEAT VARIETY SELECTION– Choosing wheat varieties for planting this fall requires careful study of the variety of information available to the producer. Kansas State University has just come out with some helpful guidelines to assist growers in that process. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 08-21|
|08-14-20||WHEAT GENETICS PROJECT– Researchers at Kansas State University are preparing to take the next step forward in improving the end-use quality of wheat varieties. On the strength of a new USDA grant, they’ll be employing cutting-edge gene editing technology, to develop wheat’s milling and baking traits. Marsha Boswell explains.||WS 08-14|
|08-07-20||WHEAT FOODS COUNCIL– Encouraging the consumption of wheat-based foods is the primary charge of the Wheat Foods Council. That agency, sponsored by wheat producers and allied industry partners, has been increasingly progressive in its outreach efforts in recent years. And the council has doubled down on that during the complications of the pandemic. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 08-07|
|07-31-20||CONTROLLING VOLUNTEER WHEAT– The stars are aligning for a big outbreak of volunteer wheat in the coming weeks around Kansas. That volunteer wheat serves as the “green bridge” for a costly disease that stands to threaten the next winter wheat crop. Marsha Boswell discusses the need for volunteer wheat control.||WS 07-31|
|07-24-20||WHEAT RESEARCH FUNDING– A multi-million-dollar fundraising campaign in support of advance wheat research in Kansas recently reached an important milestone. It is on pace to reach its target by the end of next year, and is looking for supporters to make that happen. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 07-24|
|07-17-20||CONTROLLING VOLUNTEER WHEAT– Now that the wheat harvest is over, producers can start turning their attention to that next crop to be planted this fall. And once again, the call goes out to control volunteer wheat in those harvested fields, as a primary defense against a major whet disease. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 07-17|
|07-10-20||VIRTUAL HARVEST SEMINAR– Kansas Wheat Commission recently held a virtual seminar with customers from Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of the virtual experience, customers were able to take in a live view from the fields during harvest and learn about the current growing conditions. Marsha Boswell explains.||WS 07-10|
|07-03-20||USMCA TRADE BENEFITS– The new U.S-Mexico-Canada trade agreement formally took effect on July 1st. And wheat industry leaders say that its implementation fortifies highly important wheat trade relations with our neighbors to both the north and south. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 07-03|
|06-26-20||WHEAT RESEARCH FUNDS– The cause of improving winter wheat varieties for producers in Kansas and surrounding states just received a major boost, in the form of a sizeable USDA grant. It will create the Winter Wheat Innovation Breeding Hub, and will tap into international wheat genetics resources and expertise to feed its variety development efforts. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 06-26|
|06-19-20||VIRTUAL TRADE TEAM– The pandemic has caused many to find innovative ways of conducting normal business. Since the Kansas Wheat Commission isn’t currently able to host international wheat customers at harvest time as it normally does, it found another way to connect with buyers from one prominent South American country. Marsha Boswell explains.||WS 06-19|
|06-12-20||FLOUR DISTRIBUTION PROJECT– Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent shelter-at-home regulations, the demand for flour for home baking soared. That created an acute shortage of flour at grocery stores. Now, a new cooperative effort by Kansas Wheat and Kansas State University seeks to fill that void for those in need. Marsha Boswell has the story.||WS 06-12|
|06-05-20||WHEAT VARIETY RELEASES– The wheat development program at Kansas State University is poised to release two new wheat varieties this year. These are suited largely for central Kansas wheat growing conditions, and they address certain disease challenges that are common for that region. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 06-05|
|05-29-20||VIRTUAL WHEAT DAY– Wheat field tours traditionally hosted by Kansas State University in the spring were put on the shelf by the coronavirus situation. To fill the gap, the K-State Department of Agronomy conducted a virtual Wheat Field Day over two evenings in late May, carried live on YouTube. And a wealth of valuable information was shared with producers during that event. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 05-29|
|05-22-20||VIRTUAL WHEAT TOUR– The annual Hard Red Wheat Tour of Kansas and surrounding states, held the first week of May and conducted by the Wheat Quality Council, was a casualty of the coronavirus situation this year. However, Kansas Wheat and K-State Research and Extension teamed up to organize a virtual wheat tour May 18th through the 21st. Marsha Boswell provides a recap.||WS 05-22|
|05-15-20||WHEAT STATUS UPDATE – No winter wheat production season goes absolutely perfectly. But the current one has been especially challenging for the current crop…with an assortment of complications. Growers are now having to make pivotal decisions on how to manage the crop from here…or whether to manage it at all. Marsha Boswell explains.||WS 05-15|
|05-08-20||VIRTUAL WHEAT TOUR– Just like countless other events, the 2020 Hard Winter Wheat Tour of Kansas and surrounding states was cancelled because of the coronavirus situation. However, Kansas Wheat, Kansas State University and other partners are gearing up for the next best thing: a virtual wheat tour to take place the third week of May. Marsha Boswell provides the specifics.||WS 05-08|
|05-01-20||WHEAT DAMAGE CONFIRMATION– Several consecutive nights of sub-freezing temperatures in mid-April raised immediate concerns about the Kansas winter wheat crop. And over the two weeks since, the extent of the freeze damage has become more clear and the prognosis leaves something to be desired. Marsha Boswell explains.||WS 05-01|
|04-24-20||WHEAT CROP CONDITION– Several consecutive nights of sub-freezing temperatures in the middle of April may have taken a hefty toll on a large chunk of the Kansas winter wheat crop. Producers in central and southwest Kansas in particular need to be scouting fields for signs of freeze injury…as well as the onset of various wheat diseases. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 04-24|
|04-17-20||A TRIBUTE TO WHEAT– As the new winter wheat crop continues to develop in the central plains, it’s worthwhile to step back and appreciate what hard red winter wheat brings to the milling and baking industries. Its utility and versatility is what sets it apart from other wheat classes. Marsha Boswell explains.||WS 04-17|
|04-10-20||ADJUSTING TO COVID-19– The coronavirus outbreak has obviously caused disruptions far and wide. The wheat industry and the agencies that support it are going the extra mile to assure that wheat continues to flow through market channels, including the export trade. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 04-10|
|04-03-20||FLOUR USE SURGE– One of the silver linings of the COVID-19 situation is that more and more people have discovered, or re-discovered, the rewards of home baking. Flour consumption has really taken off over the last several weeks, as consumers try their hand at baking. In support of that interest, Kansas Wheat makes all sorts of baking information available. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 04-03|
|03-27-20||BAKE AND TAKE MONTH– Every year, Kansas Wheat encourages wheat enthusiasts to share with neighbors the joy derived from baking during Bake-and-Take Month. This activity takes on a different tone this year, in light of social distancing…but in some ways, may be more important than ever. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 03-27|
|03-20-20||SECURE FOOD SUPPLY– Amidst all the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, farmers and ranchers haven’t missed a beat. They’re still on duty, bringing food and fiber to the American consumer. Marsha Boswell illustrates how the COVID-19 outbreak is playing down on the farm.||WS 03-20|
|03-13-20||WHEAT YIELD CONTEST– The National Wheat Yield Contest was launched four years ago. It’s a way for wheat growers to fuel their competitive fire, while at the same time learning about improved wheat management practices. Entries for the next contest are now being taken. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 03-13|
|03-06-20||WHEAT SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY– Graduating high school seniors can take advantage of a special scholarship opportunity offered by Kansas Wheat, which is provided in memory of a pioneering leader in the Kansas wheat industry. Marsha Boswell has more information on this opportunity.||WS 03-06|
|02-28-20||WHEAT SOIL HEALTH– A progressive thinker in soil health management is embarking on new on-farm research in Kansas, which will look at new approaches to crop rotations with wheat in the mix. He also happens to be a leader of the Kansas wheat industry, who has succeeded previously with new ideas in soil health management. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 02-28|
|02-21-20||WHEAT MANAGEMENT SURVEY– Researchers at Kansas State University have just completed an extensive, one-on-one survey of Kansas wheat producers. The aim of this project was to identify trends in wheat management practices, and how those relate to eventual yields. According to Marsha Boswell, the findings shed some important light on that relationship||WS 02-21|
|02-14-20||USDA PROGRAM DEADLINES– Local USDA service centers are reminding farmers that important USDA program enrollment deadlines are coming up soon…one having to do with crop revenue support, the other with land conservation opportunities. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 02-14|
|02-07-20||WHEAT RESEARCH SUPPORT– Wheat production scientists and specialists at Kansas State University are ramping up their efforts to develop wheat varieties and production practices that result in higher-quality wheat for milling and baking. And they recently received a big boost, in the form of a major financial contribution. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 02-07|
|01-31-20||WHEAT MARKETING SALUTE– The lead agency for marketing U.S.-produced wheat around the world is about to observe a milestone…and is planning a celebration. Marsha Boswell has the story.||WS 01-31|
|01-24-20||WHEAT RESEARCH FUNDING– Improving the end-use qualities of wheat varieties has long been a research mission at Kansas State University. That purpose was recently bolstered by a major financial commitment through the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. Marsha Boswell has the story.||WS 01-24|
|01-17-20||COMMODITY CLASSIC REMINDER– Everyone with any sort of stake in the Kansas grain production industry is invited to the 2020 Kansas Commodity Classic, sponsored by the state’s wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybean commissions. It’s set for January 24th on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. Marsha Boswell previews the event.||WS 01-17|
|01-10-20||WHEAT EXPORT OUTLOOK– U.S. wheat producers are eager for a brighter outlook for wheat exports. The head of the leading U.S. wheat export agency is offering some hope for 2020. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 01-10|
|12-20-19||KANSAS COMMODITY CLASSIC – The leading grain commodity organizations in Kansas are once again teaming up to host the 2020 Kansas Commodity Classic, January 24th on the Kansas State University campus. According to Marsha Boswell, an array of speakers will be brought in to address contemporary topics of interest to producers.||WS 12-20|
|12-13-19||WHEAT RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION– The cause of wheat genetic improvement got a nice boost recently, by way of a generous contribution to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. This new funding will be targeted for improving the end-use quality of wheat. Marsha Boswell explains.||WS 12-13|
|12-06-19||SUPPORTING WHEAT RESEARCH– Producers and anyone else with a stake in the Kansas wheat industry can show their support for this vital sector of Kansas agriculture, by way of an end-of-year contribution to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. Jordan Hildebrand explains.||WS 12-06|
|11-29-19||FARM WOMEN CONFERENCE– Once again, numerous agricultural interests in Kansas have teamed up to host the annual Women Managing the Farm Conference. The 2020 edition will take place in mid-February in Manhattan, and will again feature speakers and topics that relate to modern-day farm and ranch management. Mary Marsh has more.||WS 11-29|
|11-22-19||DRY WHEAT CONDITIONS– Leading wheat producers from all around Kansas recently gathered for an organizational meeting. The central topic of conversation was the new winter wheat crop and how badly it needs moisture. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 11-22|
|11-15-19||BRAZILIAN WHEAT TRADE– Brazil’s government has announced it intends to relax its restrictions on wheat imports, opening up its market to U.S. wheat exports. This could prove highly advantageous for high-quality wheat producing countries like the U.S. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 11-15|
|11-08-19||WHEAT CONDITION QUESTIONS– Weather conditions have ebbed and flowed rather dramatically over the last few weeks…bringing into question the state of many winter wheat stands around Kansas. Kansas State University agronomists have put together information to help growers analyze the well-being of their wheat in the wake of the wide swings in conditions. Jordan Hildebrand has more.||WS 11-08|
|11-01-19||WHEAT QUALITY REPORT– U.S. Wheat Associates, the international wheat marketing agency sponsored by state wheat commissions, has just released its annual U.S. Wheat Crop Quality Report. It serves as a primary source of information for wheat buyers around the world as they make their importing decisions. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 11-01|
|10-25-19||NATIONAL BREAD MONTH– It’s a promotion that gives the wheat industry a perfect opportunity to showcase wheat as a foodstuff…November is National Bread Month. Wheat producers and baking enthusiasts alike are encouraged to tout the benefits of bread consumption. Marsha Boswell talks more about this occasion on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.||WS 10-25|
|10-18-19||CROP IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE– Scientists at Kansas State University will join peers at two other major research universities and the USDA to accelerate crop improvement in several key countries around the world. This will be funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Feed the Future initiative, which is already well represented at K-State. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 10-18|
|10-11-19||WHEAT FINANCIAL SUPPORT– A long-time prominent family in Kansas agriculture recently invested in the future of wheat production in Kansas, with a major donation to the Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation. The gift will support cutting-edge crop development research at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 10-11|
|10-04-19||WHEAT SEED TREATMENTS – Wheat growers have benefited immensely from advances in wheat seed genetics. And the use of insecticide and fungicide seed treatments serves to maximize the performance of those advanced genetic traits. Mary Marsh has more.||WS 10-04|
|09-27-19||JAPAN TRADE DEAL– The United States and Japan have just signed a new trade deal, which includes very important concessions for agricultural trade. Count U.S. wheat as one of the commodities which stands to benefit greatly from this new trade agreement…fortifying Japan as a reliable trade outlet. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 09-27|
|09-20-19||WHEAT PLANTING TIME– Planting winter wheat in the fall is more than just making passes across the field with the drill or air seeder. The timing of planting, seed placement and access to moisture all make a huge difference in stand establishment success. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 09-20|
|09-13-19||STATE FAIR WRAP-UP– The 2019 Kansas State Fair is entering its final weekend in Hutchinson. A number of wheat-based competitions have concluded, and the end results can be viewed while attending the fair during its final two days. Jordan Hildebrand has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.||WS 09-13|
|09-06-19||NEW WHEAT VARIETIES– The wheat breeding program at Kansas State University has cleared a trio of highly-promising new winter wheat varieties for release. After going through the certified seed production phase during this upcoming growing season, these varieties will be available to all growers one year from now. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 09-06|
|08-30-19||STATE FAIR SHOWCASE– The Kansas State Fair is September 6th through the 15th. As always, the Kansas wheat industry will be on full display at the Pride of Kansas building on the fairgrounds. Marsha Boswell says it’s a great chance to learn about the state’s leading crop and the products made from it.||WS 08-30|
|08-23-19||WHEAT STREAK MOSAIC– Even though it wasn’t as formidable a problem for Kansas wheat growers this year as it has been before, wheat streak mosaic virus remains a crop threat. And as growers prepare to plant winter wheat over the next several weeks, they would be wise to pull out all the stops in preventing this virus from reoccurring. Jordan Hildebrand has more.||WS 08-23|
|08-16-19||INTENSIVE WHEAT MANAGEMENT– Variety selection remains an important factor in succeeding with a wheat crop. However, approaches to crop management may have superseded variety performance in terms of importance. That’s being illustrated by ongoing research by a K-State wheat production specialist. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 08-16|
|08-09-19||LAST CALL FOR WHEAT U – Wheat producers still have a unique opportunity to take in good information that applies to their operations. The 2019 Sorghum U/ Wheat U event is August 14th in south-central Kansas. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 08-09|
|08-02-19||GRAIN INSPECTION SUPPORT– High grain quality is paramount to success in making U.S. wheat sales abroad. And assurance of that quality happens at the federal grain inspection level. Recently, a Kansas wheat producer stated the case for continued support of inspection activities when testifying before Congress. Jordan Hildebrand has the story.||WS 08-02|
|07-26-19||WHEAT INFORMATION EVENT– All wheat producers are invited to take in a special event on August 12th just south of Wichita. It’s being billed as “Sorghum U/Wheat U”…where experts will share up-to-date information on a variety of wheat and sorghum production topics. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 07-26|
|07-19-19||WHEAT DISEASE MANAGEMENT– At last, the Kansas wheat harvest is in the bin. Now, growers should immediately turn their attention to disease management for next year’s wheat crop, by way of controlling volunteer wheat. That is the critical step in fending off a yearly wheat disease threat. Marsha Boswell has more.||WS 07-19|
|07-12-19||WHEAT-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|
|06-28-19||WILD 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|
|06-21-19||AFRICAN 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|
|06-14-19||FESTIVAL 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|
|06-07-19||WHEAT 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|
|05-31-19||FESTIVAL 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|
|05-24-19||WHEAT 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|
|05-17-19||WHEAT 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|
|05-10-19||WHEAT 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|
|05-03-19||WHEAT 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|
|04-26-19||FESTIVAL 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|
|04-19-19||MIDDLE-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|
|04-12-19||WHEAT 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|
|04-05-19||FESTIVAL 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|
|03-29-19||WHEAT 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|
|03-22-19||FESTIVAL 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|
|03-15-19||KANSAS 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|
|03-08-19||BAKE-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|
|03-01-19||CLUTTER 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|
|02-22-19||MEXICO 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|
|02-15-19||WHEAT 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|
|02-08-19||WHEAT 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|
|02-01-19||CLUTTER 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|
|01-25-19||FARM 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|
|01-18-19||2018 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|
|01-11-19||TRADE 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|
|01-04-19||KANSAS 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|
|12-21-18||NATIONAL 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|
|12-14-18||FARM 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|
|12-07-18||WHEAT 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|
|11-30-18||WHEAT 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|
|11-23-18||NATIONAL 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|
|11-16-18||PROMOTING 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|
|11-09-18||TELLING 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|
|11-02-18||SUPPORTING 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|
|10-26-18||ASSESSING 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|
|10-19-18||WOMEN 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|
|10-12-18||WHEAT 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|
|10-05-18||NATIONAL 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|
|09-28-18||NEW 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|
|09-21-18||CLUTTER 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|
|09-14-18||WHEAT 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|
|09-07-18||WHEAT 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|
|08-31-18||FEED 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|
|08-24-18||WHEAT 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|
|08-17-18||WHEAT 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|
|08-10-18||STATE 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|
|08-03-18||I-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|
|07-27-18||LATIN 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|
|07-20-18||CERTIFIED 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|
|07-13-18||FOOD 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|
|07-06-18||FLOUR 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|
|06-29-18||TRADE 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|
|06-22-18||AFRICAN 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|
|06-15-18||LEARNING 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|
|06-08-18||BREAD 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|
|06-01-18||U.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|
|05-25-18||WHEAT 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|
|05-18-18||WHEAT 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|
|05-11-18||KANSAS 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|
|05-04-18||WHEAT 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|
|04-27-18||WHEAT 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|
|04-20-18||FARM 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|
|04-13-18||WHEAT 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|
|04-06-18||WHEAT 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|