Recent news and highlights from around the U.S. wheat industry.
Speaking of Wheat. “We have all lost a colleague and a friend this week. Craig Morris truly was an outstanding person who dedicated his life to improving wheat quality and being an innovator. He loved his work and had a passion for it that is rare and was truly a gift to the wheat and pulse community.” Alecia M. Kiszonas, PhD, Cultivar Development Manager, USDA-ARS Western Wheat & Pulse Quality Lab.
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Submitted Comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for the annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report on October 27. USTR uses these comments to develop that office’s annual NTE report released in the Spring. The NTE report allows the U.S. industry to highlight trade challenges impacting their industry to the U.S. government. USW highlighted key barriers for wheat exports, such as sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS), export subsidies, and excessive domestic support. Read USW’s NTE submission for 2021 here.
Mississippi River Supply Chain Recovering. World Grain recently reported that downbound grain barges and unloads have slowly ramped back up since late September following substantial damage from Hurricane Ida. The article suggested this is a “timely recovery” as grain harvest in the Midwest was imminent. Soybeans and other grains typically move through the center-Gulf at New Orleans, whereas hard red winter wheat shipments for export move through the Texas Gulf, which saw minimal damage from the hurricane. Read more here.
Change in the Weather. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported on October 26 that a recent series of recent storms provided above-normal precipitation across much of the West, including the Pacific Northwest, California … across eastern portions of the northern and central Plains, the southern Great Lakes … and a band of precipitation from southeast Kansas to eastern Kentucky. While helpful, the rain has not knocked down drought conditions that persist across western U.S. wheat growing regions.
U.S. Wheat Associates Publishes Commercial Sales every Thursday, documenting wheat export sales-to-date by country and class for the current marketing year compared to the previous marketing year on the same date. The report includes a 10-year commercial sales history by class and country. USW sources data from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Weekly Export Sales Report. Read the latest report on the USW website.
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