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General Mills to Commercialize Organic Perennial Wheat

General Mills wheat researchGeneral Mills and Cascadian Farm announced last week the two will work with the Land Institute to commercialize organic Kernza, a perennial grain and wild relative of annual wheat. The intermediate wheatgrass grows deep roots that show promise to increase soil health, carbon sequestration, water retention and enhance surrounding wildlife habitat, according to General Mills. Read the rest of this entry »

Study Shows Fewer Grain Dust Explosions in 2016

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The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first reported fatalities since 2013, according to a recent report by Purdue University. Read the rest of this entry »

Kansas Senator Says Wheat, Sorghum Also Key Farm Bill Debate Commodities

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Kansas Republican U.S. Senator Jerry Moran(more-ran) says wheat and sorghum need attention in the next farm bill, along with other key commodities including cotton and dairy. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Trade Action Impact on U.S. Grains

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Newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump has already followed through with key campaign promises related to trade policy – moves that have caused concern among grain farmers whose price is being supported by export sales. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.

The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Grains Council Calls China Actions on DDGS Restricting

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The U.S. Grains Council says China is attempting to restrict access to the U.S. dried distillers grain market by subjecting U.S. DDGS to anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says the organization is “deeply disappointed” in the move. The announcement came just ten days after the Chinese government increased tariffs on imported U.S. ethanol from five to 30 percent. The Grains Council says that move effectively stops market growth for U.S. farmers and ethanol producers. Meanwhile, U.S. farmers also continue to wait for China’s approvals of biotech corn events, which last happened in 2014. Sleight says the protectionist trade restrictions by China are “based on false allegations” and do not benefit China or the United States.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.

UF/IFAS Researcher to Lead $1 Million Study to Increase Global Wheat Production

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Dr. Ali Babar

A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher will lead a nearly $1 million project to increase worldwide wheat yield potential to help feed an anticipated 9.5 billion people globally by the year 2050.

To do this, Md Ali Babar, a UF/IFAS agronomy assistant professor and his team of researchers, hope to increase the harvest index from 45 to 60 percent, which translates to much more wheat. The harvest index quantifies a crop’s yield versus the amount of biomass – shoots and roots – that it produces.

“This will increase wheat yield and improve food security for a growing population,” Babar said. Read the rest of this entry »

Registration Deadline Nearing for Corn and Wheat Course

The 2016 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course, at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, will be held December 12-13. But registrations for the event need to be made by December 2.

Topics covered include irrigation, planting technology and density, herbicides, fertilizer, and more. Various farmers panels are also scheduled and continuing education units (CEUs) are available. To register click here.

Arkansas Farmer Growing Peanuts

David Wildy (picture from Sunbelt Ag Expo)

David Wildy (picture from Sunbelt Ag Expo)

During the recent Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga, diversified row crop David Wildy was named the 2016 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year. Wildy farms more than 12,000 acres in Manila, Arkansas and grows cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat. But as Tyron Spearman reports, he is also a new grower of peanuts.


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Wheat Growers Urge Congressional Leadership to Allow a Vote on TPP

From the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates:

WASHINGTON D.C. — Nine months ago, following the signing of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) called on Congress to rapidly consider and ratify the agreement. After a long and disappointing wait, a real window of opportunity for a vote on TPP will soon open when the legislative session resumes next week. We call on Congress again, to Read the rest of this entry »

Southeastern Drought Intensifying

drought1The drought here across the Southeast continues to intensify in many areas. Gary Crawford has more on this story.


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La Nina and Ag Impacts to Southern U.S. This Winter

weather-sunny-hotPredicted mild and dry winter weather conditions along the southern tier of the country could cause adverse impacts for some producers. Rod Bain has the story.


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