wheat growers

Wheat Growers: Prospective Plantings Report Alarming

National Association of Wheat Growers finds wheat plantings included in the Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report alarming. The recent report anticipates that all wheat plantings will be at 46.1 million acres, which is down eight percent from 2016. For winter wheat specifically, the planted area is estimated at 32.7 million acres, which is down nine percent from last year, …

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary

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.

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

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

Arkansas Farmer Growing Peanuts

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. Download Audio