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