Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat: “Our satellite vegetation greenness model suggests near-trend [yield] potential, largely due to a Great Plains crop that is in good shape as it emerges from dormancy,” – Jude Kastens, PhD, Research Associate Professor at the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program (KARS) located at the University of Kansas.
USDA and USTR Announce Continued Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement: On March 24, 2020, the USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced continued progress in the implementation of the agriculture-related provisions of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. The Agreement entered into force on February 14, 2020, and the recent actions described below build upon the actions announced by USDA and USTR on February 25 and March 10.
Catlyxt Launches New Website Showcasing the Power and Possibility of Plants: Calyxt, a plant-based technology company, is doing what farmers and plant breeders have been doing for hundreds of years: choosing the best crops and breeding them to make stronger, more sustainable plants. A company release suggested the new website demonstrates a “company at the forefront of accelerated plant breeding with a focus on wellness and sustainability.” Visitors can also now access assets including sales sheets, seed variety technical specifications, as well as new videos and photos.
A New Twist on Take and Bake Month: March is Bake and Take Month, but in these unprecedented times, sharing baked goods with friends isn’t as easy. Marsha Boswell offers ideas like handwritten notes, kid-drawn pictures and more to accompany baked treats dropped on a neighbor’s doorstep, in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.
National Ag Day: A Celebration of Wheat: Farmers only make up 1.3% of America’s labor force, yet they have an enormous impact on feeding the world. This can be attributed to the advancements and improvements of plant technologies and farm management practices that started with Dr. Norman Borlaug in the Green Revolution. On March 24, National Ag Day, the National Wheat Foundation recognized the importance of wheat farmers and programming that helps improve our crop.
2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. Farmers can submit entries in winter wheat and spring wheat with subcategories for dryland and irrigated. NWF is accepting entries for winter wheat from April 1 and May 15, and entries for spring wheat from June 15 to August 1.
Northern Crops Institute Online Pasta Course Open. The Northern Crops Institute announced a Pasta Production and Technology course to be offered online, April 28 to 30. For more course information and to register, click here.
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