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Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.

Speaking of Wheat

The bottom line for wheat-dependent importers in the short term is not necessarily a supply-shortage crisis, but rather an economic-financial crisis caused by having to pay much higher prices in the current market scenario. It is also a logistical challenge for the world to efficiently move the wheat supplies to places where they are most deficit.” – U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson. Read more here.

Ukrainian Farmers Persevere

Short on diesel, fertilizer and manpower. Bombed, occupied, fields mined and silos and tractors were destroyed by the Russian military. Had their grain robbed and sold overseas while they themselves are struggling to export because of a Russian blockade at ports. Yet sources tell Agri-Pulse Ukraine’s farmers are still planting their spring crops and planning to harvest their winter wheat to the best of their ability during the intensifying and bloody Russian invasion that has killed thousands and resulted in rising food costs that are hitting some of the poorest nations hardest.

Senators Seek Waiver of Food Aid Shipping Rules

On Monday, Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) proposed to temporarily waive the requirement that 50% of U.S. food aid exports must be shipped on U.S. flagged ships, a provision that typically leads to significantly higher shipping costs. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in a fact sheet titled “Food Aid Reform: Behind the Numbers” stated that eliminating the mandatory cargo preference reimbursements will reduce the deficit by an estimated $50 million per year.

Spring Wheat Seeding Delayed

The North Dakota Wheat Commission this week said planting pace for spring wheat and durum remained painfully slow with limited fieldwork. Precipitation fell across much of the state, further saturating fields and causing additional flooding. The rain and cool weather did little to dry things out. In North Dakota as of May 10, 8% of the spring wheat has been planted, well behind 63% last year and 37% on average. Minnesota remains too wet to seed also, but South Dakota and Montana are farther along. Read more here.

Chart showing spring wheat planting progress in 2022 v 2021.

Source: North Dakota Wheat Commission and USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

2022 World Food Prize Recipient

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of the United States will receive the 2022 World Food Prize for her contributions to understanding and predicting the impacts of climate and food system interaction. A NASA scientist, she provides evidence thousands of decision-makers in more than 90 countries use to both mitigate and adapt to climate change in local, national and global food systems. Read more here.

Maintain Agricultural Export Program Funding

The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports has asked congressional agricultural appropriations leaders to maintain funding in FY 2023 for essential export promotion and market development funds available under the Agricultural Trade Promotion and Facilitation Program administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. USW is a member of the coalition and signed the letters, along with the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), to subcommittee leaders. The Market Access Program (MAP) budget is $200 million per year and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program budget is $34.5 million per year. Read more here.

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Speaking of Wheat

“This growing season has the unprecedented combination of geopolitics, weather, and some of the highest fertilizer prices and chemical inputs — but farmers here and abroad will remain resilient reminders of the importance of agriculture as a constant in a world full of conflict.” – Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat CEO. Read more here.

Wheat Farmers, Millers Concerned About Rail Performance

This week, U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) held a public hearing on recent rail service problems and recovery efforts involving several Class I carriers. Shippers like wheat farmers, elevators, flour millers and others have experienced significant problems for months. North Dakota Wheat Commission Policy and Marketing Director Jim Peterson says the rail situation is as difficult as it has been in many years, with freight backed up for four-to-six weeks. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW), the National Association of Wheat Growers and the North American Millers’ Association submitted written testimony about the impact of service issues. Read more here.

National Wheat Yield Contest Opens for 2022 Contest Entries

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest! The contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. Winter Wheat entries are due May 16, and Spring Wheat entries are due August 1. Read more about the contest here, or to enter, go online to yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.

Meet the Wheat Yield Contest Director

Anne Osborne is the NWF product director for the National Wheat Yield Contest and other initiatives. She is an agricultural educator by training who says she enjoys helping farmers. “It is a big picture thing for me because we all think about why farming is important, but I also think about feeding the world. It is important for us to be able to grow crops that are safe and provide food for the world.” Read more in this profile from the Westbred seed company here.

Ohio’s Place in the World Wheat Market

A recent news story from Ohio provides relevant information about how the timing of winter wheat seeding and development affects the ability of farmers to respond to the market signal that the world needs more wheat. Ohio farmers grow soft red winter wheat and, like all Northern Hemisphere producers, will decide if seeding more wheat later this year is a profitable decision. Read and watch more here.

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Speaking of Wheat

“All indications are that our wheat has seemed to survive the wild temperature swings we experienced over winter and early spring so far. A dry early spring is not abnormal for our area, and we are bound to get some more moisture soon. We’ll just keep waiting.” – Lee Lubbers, a wheat farmer from Gregory, South Dakota, in a report on crop progress in Agriculture.com. Photo above: Chet Edinger, Mitchell, S.D., 2020.

USDA: Many Reasons for High Commodity Prices and Food Insecurity

Several factors have sent global agricultural commodity prices to near-record levels. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – and the potential loss of Ukrainian exports – was the latest development. Other factors, which date back to late 2020, include increased global demand; drought-reduced supplies; tightening wheat, corn, and soybean stocks in major exporting countries; high energy prices pushing up the costs of fertilizer, transportation, and agricultural production; export bans and restrictions. Read the full report from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service here.

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Concerned About Crucial Lock and Dam System

The call to remove dams and locks on the Lower Snake River for ecological reasons is gaining political strength, but breaching the dams would hurt U.S. wheat farmers and likely diminish the United States as the world’s most reliable wheat supplier. Learn more about a study intended to identify the costs of breaching here. Watch Wheat Letter for more information about why the Columbia Snake River System is so important for farmers and overseas wheat buyers.

Washington Grain Commission is Hiring

The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) seeks applicants for Program Director, a position based in Spokane, Wash. The WGC seeks a dynamic, career-oriented individual who wants to grow with the Commission. The Program Director will support the Commission’s implementation of market promotion, research, and education programs on behalf of small grain farmers in Washington State. Learn more about the position and how to apply here.

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Speaking of Wheat

“Because Ukraine is a major producer of food and livestock feed, as well as a leading export hub, suppression of the nation’s media … can have destructive impacts on a global scale…IFAJ vigorously urges an immediate end to attacks on Ukraine’s population, including our colleagues in the media and communications fields, and a resumption of the free flow of news and information.The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, from a statement on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Congratulations Colleagues

We are fortunate to have devoted, loyal colleagues at USW. This month Pansy Shepherdson, an accounting technician in the USW Singapore Office, is celebrating 40 years, while Aska Tam, a program coordinator in the USW Hong Kong Office, is celebrating 35 years. Thank you, Pansy, and Aska, for your service to our organization, U.S. wheat farmers, and our customers worldwide.

Congratulations, Don Schieber!

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) 2010/11 Chairman Don Schieber of Ponca City, Okla., was recently honored with the 2022 Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture and will be the 25th inductee into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame. “He is an exceptional agriculturist, is extremely passionate about what he does, and has truly raised the bar for Oklahoma wheat producers,” said Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur. Don, you were already in the USW hall of fame, but congratulations on a well-deserved honor! Read more here.

USW Participates in Ag on the Mall for National Ag Day

On March 21 to 22, USW was out on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., with the National Association of Wheat Growers and North American Millers’ Association for the Celebration of Modern Agriculture for National Ag Day! Staff from all three organizations enjoyed great weather while talking to visitors from all over about U.S wheat and flour milling. The exhibit included an interactive display for people to mill wheat into flour, a trivia game, and wheat food snacks. USW friend and consultant Didier Rosada baked several beautiful loaves of bread for the display (picture above), which were great conversation starters with people from all walks of life. Rosada is an award-winning Master Baker with his own bakery, Uptown Bakers, in Hyattsville, Md. Thank you, Didier!

Threat to Snake River Dams Growing

Pacific Northwest newspapers recently reported growing bipartisan support in Washington, D.C., for breaching dams on the Lower Snake River. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., organized a roundtable discussion in Richland, Wash., on National Agriculture Day (March 22, 2022) to discuss and build awareness of the threat to the four federally managed dams on the Snake between Lewiston, Idaho, and Washington’s Tri-Cities. Read more here.

NAWG Launches Farm Bill Survey

Current Farm Bill programs will expire or lapse with the 2018 Farm Bill on September 30, 2023. As the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) continues to develop its Farm Bill priorities, it has launched a Farm Bill Survey to gather feedback from wheat farmers about policies of most importance to them and the wheat industry. Access the survey on the NAWG website here.

Farm Bill Hearing

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture will hold a hearing on “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: International Trade and Food Assistance Programs” Wed. April 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. A live stream of the hearing will be available on YouTube here.

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Speaking of Wheat

Disruptions like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine can have a long tail in global trade. I think that is one reason why the [USDA] Secretary is very interested in getting my successor [as USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs] named. And…Gregg Doud’s successor at USTR [as Chief Agricultural Negotiator] named, because more than half the battle is just showing up. And now that we are getting out from under COVID, showing up can make such a difference. If you are not showing up…somebody else is.” – Ted McKinney, CEO National Association of State Departments of Agriculture on Agri-Pulse Newsmakers.

NAWG Elects New Officers

National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) recently elected Nicole Berg as its next President. Berg is a fourth-generation farmer from Paterson, Wash., where she farms alongside her dad and two brothers. They grow dry-land and irrigated wheat, Blue Grass Seed, Field Corn, Sweet Corn, Sweet peas, green beans, and alfalfa. During her tenure, Berg will lead conversations about the next Farm Bill and act as the voice of the nation’s wheat growers. Other NAWG officers include Dave Milligan, Cass City, Mich., Past President; Brent Cheyne, Klamath Falls, Ore., Vice President; Keeff Felty, Altus, Okla., Treasurer; and Pat Clements, Springfield, Ky., Secretary. Read more here.

Celebrating National Ag Day on the National Mall

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) will join the North American Millers Association and National Association of Wheat Growers to host a booth at the inaugural Celebration of Modern Agriculture on the National Mall in Washington D.C., March 21 to 22 for National Ag Day. The public event will showcase U.S. equipment manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and agriculture innovators on the cutting-edge of science and technology. Learn more about the event here.

USDA Report Shows Conservation Practices Increasing

A new USDA report shows the use of no-till, crop rotations, more efficient irrigation methods, and advanced technologies by U.S. farmers have climbed in recent years. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) report demonstrates progress through voluntary conservation over ten years. Findings from the report will inform future conservation strategies, including USDA’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Read the full article here.

Largest Drought Area Since 2021

The U.S. Drought Monitor released March 8 indicated more than 61% of the contiguous U.S. is in some classification of drought, the largest percentage since 2012. The report emphasized, “the southern Plains and South continue to dry out. As spring approaches and [winter wheat] dormancy is broken, impacts are already showing in these areas….”

March 8, 2022 Drought Monitor

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Speaking of Wheat

During yet another market disruption related to Russian government intervention, the U.S. wheat store remains open and operating predictably and transparently on a sound commercial basis. The disruption has fueled challenging market volatility. But during this crisis, all customers have an equal opportunity to access to U.S. wheat supplies in order to run mills and maintain our shared responsibilities to feed the world’s people.” – U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince Peterson.

Ag on the National Mall

A “Celebration of Modern Agriculture” will be held on March 21 and March 22 (National Ag Day) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Exhibits at the event will feature hands-on displays of modern technology and equipment that is driving agriculture’s tradition of innovation. The event, including a wheat industry exhibit, will be open near the Smithsonian Metro station from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.

Congratulations to USW’s Tyllor Ledford!

Tyllor Ledford, 2022

Tyllor Ledford.

Tyllor Ledford, assistant director in the USW West Coast Office, was recently awarded the 2022 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award by the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. Ledford completed her master’s degree in August 2021 at Texas Tech University’s Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics. Her thesis examined the impacts of food insecurity on terrorism and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read the full announcement here.

2022 National Wheat Yield Contest Opens

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is now accepting grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest. The contest includes winter wheat and spring wheat categories and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. NWF emphasizes that the contest “will help increase U.S. wheat growers’ productivity to ensure an ample supply of quality U.S. wheat to reliably meet the needs of the domestic wheat market and our overseas customers.” Learn more about the contest and how to enter here.

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Speaking of Wheat

The key going forward is how the market allocates remaining very tight [durum] stocks in Canada, the U.S. and … Europe. The next…harvest will take place in June. Obviously, that takes a while to get in market position after harvest, so we could have a couple pretty tight months…depending on what happens with demand.” — Jim Peterson, Policy and Marketing Director, North Dakota Wheat Commission, in a webinar on U.S. and world durum supply and demand sponsored by Northern Crops Institute.

The Passing of Fred Schneiter

Portrait of the late Fred Schneiter.

Fred Schneiter

U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) recently learned that retired colleague Fred Schneiter passed away on Jan. 31, 2022, at 94. Fred started working with Western Wheat Associates in the early 1960s representing U.S. wheat farmers in the Philippines and Taiwan. After USW was formed in 1980, Fred accepted a position in Hong Kong and helped build strong demand for U.S. wheat in the Peoples Republic of China until his retirement in 1991. USW will share more about Fred and his career in an upcoming Wheat Letter post.

Learning More About Wheat

Scott Huso and his wife Elizabeth manage Ridgeline Farm near Aneta, N.D. As a country representative on the North Dakota Wheat Commission, Huso recently participated in the IGP Institute Flour Milling Short Course on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. USW Assistant Director, West Coast Office, Tyllor Ledford also participated in the course. In a Ridgeline Farm blog post, Huso said the course made him aware that the milling process is much more intricate than he imagined and an appreciation for the wheat quality demanded by domestic and overseas millers.

Adapting Wheat to Climate Variability

The University of California, Davis, will lead a five-year, $15 million research project to accelerate public wheat breeding to meet new climate realities and train a new generation of plant breeders. The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant will create a coordinated consortium of 41 wheat breeders and researchers from 22 institutions in 20 states. Researchers from Mexico and the United Kingdom are also participating. Read more here.

U.S. Agricultural Export Value

USDA recently announced the U.S. agricultural industry posted its highest annual export levels ever recorded in calendar 2021. The final 2021 trade data published by the Department of Commerce showed U.S. farm and food product exports totaled $177 billion, topping the 2020 total by 18% and eclipsing the previous record, set in 2014, by 14.6%. Read the full news release here.

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Speaking of Wheat

The retaliatory tariffs led to a significant reduction in U.S. agricultural exports to retaliating partners. Nationally, direct U.S. agricultural export losses due to retaliatory tariffs totaled more than $27 billion during 2018 through the end of 2019. Across retaliatory partners, China accounted for approximately 95 percent of the losses ($25.7 billion) …” — From “The Economic Impacts of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture,” a study by the USDA Economic Research Service.

Market Outlook Webinar

The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) Market Update webinar series will feature Jeffrey McPike with WASEDA Commodities Inc. for its next webinar, Feb. 16, 2022. McPike will review the 2022 market outlook for wheat, corn and soybeans. Register for the webinar here. Previous NCI Market Update webinars are posted online, including a look at durum markets on Feb. 2 by Jim Peterson, Policy and Marketing Director, North Dakota Wheat Commission.

Wheat in the Spotlight

Wheat is back in the national and international news these days. Reporters have asked U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) to comment on how a Russian invasion of Ukraine would affect wheat prices (about which we do not speculate). The Wall Street Journal and Forbes reported on that topic. Fortune.com wrote about higher costs for Lunar New Year treats like sponge cakes and pineapple tarts based on smaller U.S. soft white wheat supplies. Bloomberg published a similar article.

Sufficient Moisture

Kansas wheat farmers reported last week during a board meeting of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers that wheat fields across Kansas were generally planted into sufficient moisture conditions and went into winter with decent stands. But more moisture will be needed over the winter and into the spring to kickstart a crop emerging from dormancy and maintain growth. Read more here.

2022 Northern Crops Institute Courses

The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D., has available courses in 2022 for online and in-person instruction. Available courses include a Pasta Production and Technology course in April. Learn more about NCI courses and how to register here.

2022 IGP Institute Flour Milling Course Schedule

The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has several upcoming flour milling and grain processing courses available in 2022. Courses in this curriculum area cover aspects of managing the flour milling process, from grain selection to finished products. Learn more about IGP Institute courses and how to register here.

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Speaking of Wheat.

Our study also showed that fermentation was very effective in reducing FODMAPs and ATI levels in wheat in the form of sourdough. These results tell us that sourdough production can be effectively used to reduce the levels of FODMAPs and ATIs in wheat.” — Dr. George Annor, Assistant Professor of Cereal Chemistry and Technology at the University of Minnesota, in an article about wheat digestibility research in Prairie Grains Magazine and reprinted in Wheat Letter.

Long-Serving World Ag Outlook Board Chairman Passes

Gerald Bange, who worked for 43 years at the USDA, including 20 years as chair of the World Ag Outlook Board, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. He oversaw USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report in that role. In addition, Bange also served as program chairperson for USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum. During his tenure as chair, which ended upon his retirement in 2014, Bange was a two-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. Read more about Bange’s career.

2021/22 Global Wheat Flour Trade Forecast

Global wheat flour trade is forecast to reach its highest peak in three years and reverse a five-year downward trend. The International Grains Council (IGC) predicts the world will trade 14.8 million metric tons (wheat equivalent) of flour this year, 9% higher than last year’s total but well below the 2016/17 record of 17.6 MMT. “The projected first rebound in five years is largely linked to expectations for increased imports by Iraq…,” the IGC said. “However … the forecast may be revised lower in the coming updates, should the pace fail to accelerate going forward.”

2022 National Wheat Yield Contest Adds Quality Component

The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced that grower enrollment for the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest is open. NWF divides the contest into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The 2022 contest adds a new quality component in which contest partners will evaluate the 24 yield winners’ wheat for baking and milling qualities. If it meets all the criteria for “industry-desired” quality, the farmer will receive an additional $500 cash award in addition to the trip to Commodity Classic. Learn more about the contest, due dates, and how to enter here.

Wheat Marketing Center Searches for Executive Director

The Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) is looking for an Executive Director. WMC is a dynamic and multifaceted non-profit research and technical training entity. It promotes multiple classes of U.S. wheat by demonstrating their quality and functionality in end products. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Learn about the position and how to apply here.

2022 Northern Crops Institute Courses

The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D. has available courses in 2022 for online and in-person instruction. Available courses include a Pasta Production and Technology course in April. Learn more about NCI courses and how to register here.

2022 IGP Institute Flour Milling Course Schedule

The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has several upcoming flour milling and grain processing courses available in 2022. Courses in this curriculum area cover aspects of managing the flour milling process, from grain selection to finished products. Learn more about IGP Institute courses and how to register here.

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Speaking of Wheat. It has amazed me in my entire 30-plus years in the grain business how farmers never give up hope. It is a tribute to every farmer … that no matter how bad things get, they keep moving forward and look ahead to the following season, hoping for better results. That is why I have never left this business, because of the strength and determination farmers have, and I am honored to know so many of them.” — DTN Basis Analyst Mary Kennedy, from a column in Progressive Farmer, December 27, 2021.

2022 EU Production Estimate. World Grain reported this week that the European trade association Cocereal expects wheat production in the European Union (EU) to decline in 2022 by more than 3 million metric tons (MMT) compared to 2021. In its first forecast for the 2022 EU+UK grain crop, Coceral projected wheat output at 139.8 MMT, down slightly from the previous year mainly due to a return to average yields in the Balkan region.

“Cracking Open China’s Wheat Import Quota.” China imports wheat but at a volume less than half of what is allowed under a quota system first established when China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. A recent study by USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) looks at China’s past procedures for allocating quotas to its prospective importers and revealed that … “demand for imported wheat often exceeded what was typically awarded. ERS’ analysis of China’s wheat import data suggests that import volume in 2021 is poised to reach that quota for the first time in two decades.”

Wheat Marketing Center Searches for Executive Director. The Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) is looking for an Executive Director. WMC is a dynamic and multifaceted non-profit research and technical training entity that promotes multiple classes of U.S. wheat by demonstrating their quality and functionality in end products. Learn about the position and how to apply here.

2022 Northern Crops Institute Courses. The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) in Fargo, N.D. has available courses in 2022 for online and in-person instruction, including the Pasta Production and Technology course in April. Learn more about NCI courses and how to register here.

2022 IGP Institute Flour Milling Course Schedule. The IGP Institute in Manhattan, Kan., has several upcoming flour milling and grain processing courses available in 2022. Courses in this curriculum area cover aspects of managing the flour milling process, from grain selection to finished products. Learn more about IGP Institute courses and how to register here.

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