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The Wheat Scoop is a weekly news feature from the Kansas Wheat Commission to inform wheat farmers, the grain industry and the public about the marketing and utilization of Kansas wheat. Scoops cover a wide range of topics, from breeding new wheat varieties to domestic and international utilization, as well as new uses, nutrition, and trends in domestic and international wheat foods and wheat flour consumption.
 
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- 6/26/2015
A group of wheat millers from one of the biggest international customers of U.S. hard red winter wheat recently made what has become an annual pilgrimage to Kansas, to take in the wheat harvest.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

An amateur bread baker from the East Coast walked away with the championship at the 2015 National Festival of Breads recently held in Manhattan, Kansas.  The event was co-sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, and Marsha Boswell has the details on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 6/8/2015
Final preparations are being made for a major wheat promotion and educational event coming up in Manhattan, Kansas…the 2015 National Festival of Breads.  Marsha Boswell offers a preview on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 6/1/2015
Great pains go are taken each harvest to produce quality seed wheat for Kansas farmers.  Marsha Boswell talks about what’s involved in wheat seed certification, on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.   

The deadline for enrolling in this year’s Kansas Wheat Yield Contest is fast approaching.  Marsha Boswell provides a reminder on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

While agronomic characteristics and yield potential continue to be top priorities for the white wheat breeding program at Kansas State University, baking quality has become equally important, thanks to a special partnership with the private sector.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Key international trade deals are in the works.  And the U.S. wheat industry has a great deal at stake in those various negotiations.  Marsha Boswell offers an overview of that in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

- 4/24/2015
A Kansas wheat farmer recently testified before Congress on the merits of expanding agricultural trade with Cuba, saying that wheat producers have much to gain.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 4/17/2015
Entry forms are being accepted now for the 2015 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest conducted by Kansas Wheat.  Marsha Boswell has all the details on this opportunity for wheat growers on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Advances in plant genetic technology have sped up the assembly line for new wheat varieties out of Kansas State University tremendously.  K-State’s leading wheat scientist weighs in on that topic in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.  Here’s Marsha Boswell. 

The Kansas Wheat Commission and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers are sponsoring a unique event during the upcoming All-University Open House at Kansas State University.  It will simultaneously promote agriculture and personal exercise, as Marsha Boswell explains.            

A Kansas wheat farmer recently spent some time in South America, promoting wheat sales to a country that often goes overlooked as an important U.S. wheat customer.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.
 

- 3/20/2015
A Kansas wheat farmer was among a coalition of U.S. agricultural interests which recently traveled to Cuba, to explore new trade opportunities there.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 3/14/2015
The finalists have been selected for the 2015 National Festival of Breads competition, which will take place here in Kansas in June.  Marsha Boswell has the full rundown of this event, on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 3/5/2015
There’s a wide gap between what scientists think about genetically-modified crops and what the general public thinks, according to a new survey...making the need for further dialogue between agriculture and consumers more imperative than ever.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 2/27/2015
Varieties from the K-State wheat breeding program remain prolific across the Kansas wheat production landscape, according to new USDA numbers.  Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 2/20/2015
A central Kansas wheat producer will soon be stepping down from his national wheat industry leadership post.  Marsha Boswell offers a profile of his accomplishments on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 2/13/2015
In the ranks of U.S. wheat importers, it often stands outside the limelight.  However, this South American country remains a major factor in U.S. wheat exports, as covered by Marsha Boswell in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Continuing to put production agriculture’s best foot forward in the eyes of the public was one of the lead topics at the 2015 Women Managing the Farm Conference in Manhattan.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

- 1/30/2015
Kansas Wheat is actively recruiting individuals who would like to volunteer their time promoting wheat-based foods.  Marsha Boswell has the details on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.   

- 1/23/2015
Kansas Day…the date on which Kansas achieved statehood back in 1861…is coming up soon.  It’s an ideal occasion to reflect on the place that winter wheat production occupies in Kansas history, as covered by Nicole Lane on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.   

By combining high-tech imaging with in-field flight, researchers at Kansas State University are speeding up the wheat variety development process considerably.  Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

- 1/9/2015
Many trendy dieting programs take aim at wheat-based foods as an undesirable source of carbohydrates.  The nutritional facts refute their claims, as Marsha Boswell addresses on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

If temperatures are too hot in May and June, farmers could lose more than layers. During this critical grain filling stage, extreme temperatures can lead to shriveled kernels and yield loss. One gene may be the answer. Dr. Harold Trick, plant pathologist at Kansas State University, and Dr. Allan Fritz, KSU wheat breeder, are working on a transgenic wheat that would tolerate warmer temperatures during this plant development stage. Their research is funded by Kansas wheat farmers. With just a single added gene to boost thermo-tolerance, this wheat could increase yields by up to 35 percent.

As the holiday season comes to an end, so does the entry period for the 2015 National Festival of Breads. The festival, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red Star Yeast and Kansas Wheat, is a national amateur bread baking competition that hundreds of bakers enter. The entry deadline for this year's competition is January 16, 2015.

- 12/19/2014
The recent announcement that the U.S. intends to normalize trade relations with Cuba is very welcome news for Kansas wheat growers and the wheat industry at large.  Marsha Boswell takes a closer look on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

It’s consistently one of the most reliable customers for U.S.-grown wheat…and that business shows no signs of letting up.  Marsha Boswell provides an update on wheat sales to Japan in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.  

- 12/8/2014
Thanks to a new modeling process developed at Kansas State University, advances in wheat genetics will likely be accelerated significantly, to the benefit of Kansas wheat producers and end-users.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Viral plant diseases have long been the bane of wheat producers in the Great Plains region.  A major new scientific advance out of Kansas State University, funded by wheat producers, holds great promise in the battle against those costly viruses.  Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Recent articles have circulated the internet, accusing wheat of being unsafe because of the use of glyphosate herbicide. A staff member with Kansas Wheat, did some research into the scientific facts about glyphosate use.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

A noted authority on healthy lifestyles recently spoke at the National Association of Wheat Growers/U.S. Wheat Associates Fall Board Meeting.  Marsha Boswell reviews that presentation on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Applications for research projects that can enhance Kansas wheat producers' profitability are currently being accepted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and the Kansas Crop Improvement Association for the 2016 fiscal year. Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

Consumers’ rising interest in their food supply is also a grand opportunity for the wheat industry to put its best foot forward, using all forms of media to tell about wheat-based foods. Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop. 

- 10/24/2014
The second largest U.S. hard red winter market in the world is not overseas, but just across this country’s southern border.  Marsha Boswell talks about the importance for that market to Kansas wheat producers, on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 10/16/2014
Dr. Norman Borlaug’s semi-dwarf wheat spurred the Green Revolution and saved more than a billion lives from starvation. The 2014 World Food Prize, which Borlaug created, is being awarded to a wheat researcher for the first time…and it happens to be Borlaug’s successor.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.                                        

- 10/10/2014
What would it take for celiacs to be able to have their wheat — and eat it too?  That is exactly what a K-State researcher hopes to achieve in a research project funded by Kansas wheat farmers through the Kansas Wheat Commission.  Marsha Boswell has more.

- 10/3/2014
Entries for the 2015 National Festival of Breads, a popular bread-baking contest co-sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission, are now being accepted. Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Very soon now, wheat growers in the western part of the state can determine who will represent them on the Kansas Wheat Commission for the next three years.  Marsha Boswell has more on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 9/19/2014
The 2014 Kansas State Fair is in the books, and it was another successful event for Kansas Wheat, in promoting and educating about the state’s number-one crop.  Marsha Boswell offers a recap on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 9/12/2014
On September 11, Kansas Wheat honored the winners of the Wheat Yield Contest and the Wheat Quality Initiative Contest. This year's top wheat yield belongs to Chuck Downey of St. Francis, Western Region winner, with a yield of 88.56 bushels per acre. Other regional winners are Butch Harris of Soldier and Levi Felbush of Abilene, Eastern Region winners; and Doug Keas of Plainville, Central Region winner. The top quality award, announced on September 11 by Governor Sam Brownback, was also awarded to Doug Keas.   

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