Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat: “I hope in another century our future generations look back at our world and see how we worked to improve it for all for them. And I hope that despite farming changes and progress, wheat remains growing in farm fields.” – Katie Pinke, Publisher, Agweek. Read more.
USW Past Chairman Awarded Dr. James R. Miller Award. Jason Scott, a Maryland wheat farmer who served as USW’s 2016/17 Chairman, was recently awarded the Dr. James R. Miller Award during Maryland’s 22nd Annual Commodity Classic, held virtually this year. This award recognizes an individual for their contributions to Maryland’s grain industry. Scott, who has been on the Maryland Grain Producers board for 16 years and has served in several leadership positions, works alongside his family growing wheat, corn, soybeans, malt barley, and sweet corn for processing, as well as selling seed for Pioneer. Learn more about Scott and the award here.
USW recommends a visit to the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) YouTube channel to see a series of presentations on how plant breeding innovations like gene editing can positively address continuing access to safe and affordable nutrition – despite new and evolving threats to our global food security. Visit the channel here.
2020 National Wheat Yield Contest. On February 18, 2020, the National Wheat Foundation officially opened the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The Foundation is currently accepting entries for the Spring Wheat category. The deadline to submit is August 1. Learn more here.
USW expresses sympathy to the family and friends of Dr. Owen J. Newlin, a U.S. grain industry pioneer who passed away recently. During and after his career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Dr. Newlin actively supported: ballot initiatives to create state corn checkoff programs; initiating overseas industry missions to educate future farmer leaders; and defending the USDA/FAS Foreign Market Development program, a source of funding for USW export market development. Read more in this statement from U.S. Grains Council.
Cereal Science Events Calendar. Every month, cereal scientist M. Hikmet Boyacioglu, Ph.D., compiles an industry calendar of events. Click here to see the mid-July 2020 calendar. To receive the calendar, please write to Dr. Boyacioglu at email@example.com.
BASF and PowerPollen collaborate in research on hybrid wheat. BASF and PowerPollen® have signed an agreement to further develop and apply the company’s patented pollen preservation and application technology to improve cross-pollination and enhance BASF’s proprietary wheat program. Read the joint statement here.
Study Finds Whole Grains Lower Risk of Diabetes. Researchers found consuming one or more servings a day of whole grain cold breakfast cereal was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of becoming diabetic. Read more about the study here.
Registration Underway for Three September IAOM-KSU Milling Courses. IAOM has joined with Kansas State University’s IGP Institute to offer a variety of milling courses, which will be held in Manhattan, Kan. Register for these classes here.
Subscribe to USW Reports. USW publishes a variety of reports and content that are available to subscribe to, including a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting recent Wheat Letter blog posts, the weekly Price Report and the weekly Harvest Report (available May to October). Subscribe here.
Follow USW Online. Visit our Facebook page at for the latest updates, photos and discussions of what is going on in the world of wheat. Also, find breaking news on Twitter, video stories on Vimeo and more on LinkedIn.