Wheat and Sorghum Producers Honor Sen. Roberts

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee was honored by both wheat and sorghum producers this week in Washington. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was presented with the National Sorghum Producers 2017 “Friend of Sorghum” Congressional Award in recognition of his long-running work representing the U.S. Sorghum producers. “Senator Roberts is a formidable champion for U.S. farmers,” said Don Bloss, NSP …

Government, Sorghum, wheat

WestBred Wheat Profitability Calculator Now on Website

Kelly Marshall

WestBred® wheat is offering growers a new tool on their website. The Wheat Profitability Calculator was created to help growers understand the return on investments when planting Certified Seed and using WestBred wheat’s Optimal Seeding Rate recommendation, rather than saved seed. “We wanted to find a beneficial way to demonstrate the advantage of using Certified Seed to our growers,” said Tipton. …

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First Wheat Yield Contest Winners in 20 Years

Cindy Zimmerman

The winners of the first National Wheat Yield Contest in 20 years used new techniques, advanced seed varieties, and innovative production practices to produce an average of 135 bushels per acre. The National Wheat Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2016 National Wheat Yield Contest, sponsored by Monsanto, BASF, John Deere, and Winfield, which drew nearly 170 entrants. The …

Contest, wheat, yields

A Story of Custom Wheat Harvest

Kelly Marshall

Tracey Zeorian was only 12 years old the first time she traveled along the custom wheat harvesting highway. Her passion for custom wheat harvesting was instilled in her by her grandparents and you could say the rest is history. Once married, she and her husband quickly knew they too wanted to follow in her families footsteps and first loaded up …

Harvesting, wheat

DuPont Pioneer and CIMMYT Form Alliance

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) will be working together to advance the CRISPR-Cas technology.  A new Master Alliance Agreement details their cooperation in finding characteristics that address the needs of smallholder famers across the globe. “Working together with CIMMYT will enable smallholder farmers to benefit from technology like CRISPR-Cas, helping them solve their challenges,” …

Agribusiness, Corn, Dupont Pioneer, wheat

Wheat Growers Celebrate Kennebec Elevator Opening

Kelly Marshall

The grand opening of the Wheat Growers‘ Kennebec Elevator drew patrons, guests, and even the South Dakota Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs.  Attendees gave high marks to the new facility. The state-of-the-art shuttle loader facility has a rail shipping capacity of 80,000 bushels per hour and a 110-car circle track. That, combined with a total truck receiving capacity of 60,000 …

Agribusiness, wheat

Connect IN Enhances Wheat Potential

Kelly Marshall

More than 61 percent of wheat growers told Monsanto their primary method for determining seed rates is to use a standard pounds-per-acre approach.  Only 14 percent said they plant based on their desired count per acre.  These results show that understanding optimal seeding rates is critical.  Enter the ConnectIN System. “This shows the tremendous need to get out the message …

Agribusiness, Planting, seed, wheat

Pacific Ag Expands

Kelly Marshall

Pacific Ag, the nation’s largest crop residue supply chain, is expanding with a new field office near Fargo, North Dakota.  The area has seen an increased demand for wheat straw reside for use in the diary, beef, mushroom and erosion control industries, so the company has hired local farmers and wheat straw providers, Tom and Stephanie Borgen as managers.  They will …

Agribusiness, wheat

Surprising Crop Report from USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2016 Prospective Plantings report out today from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows farmers expect to plant more corn and less soybeans this year. U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, the first increase in corn planted acreage since 2012 and, if realized, will be the third largest corn acreage since 1944. …

AFBF, Corn, Cotton, Markets, Planting, Rice, Soybeans, USDA, wheat