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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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- 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.   

- 9/5/2014
Kansas Wheat will be hosting a booth in the Pride of Kansas building at the Kansas State Fair, September 5th through the 14th in Hutchinson.  And the theme of the exhibit this year honors the man known as “The Father of the Green Revolution”.  Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

With 2014’s wheat harvest well in the bin now, producers are starting to make decisions that can affect next year's crop, for both themselves and their neighbors.   That includes controlling volunteer wheat , as Marsha Boswell reports on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

Recently, Kansas Wheat welcomed five milling industry customers from The Phillipines, one of the largest outlets in the world for U.S. wheat exports, to Kansas…to see and learn about winter wheat production first hand.  Marsha Boswell recaps their visit, and what was gained from it, on this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.  

- 8/15/2014
Earlier this month, 26 of the nation’s most influential food and nutrition professionals visited North Dakota, as part of the second Wheat Safari, hosted by the Wheat Foods Council.  Marsha Boswell reports.

Kansas Wheat annually sponsors the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, recognizing growers from eastern, central and western Kansas.  And despite a sub-par year for wheat production in this state, this year’s winners were able to achieve some impressive yields, as reported by Marsha Boswell in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 8/1/2014
Kansas State University released its first variety, Kanred, 100 years ago. Now, a century later, K-State, in conjunction with the Kansas Wheat Alliance, is unveiling its latest variety, KanMark.  Marsha Boswell has more in this week’s Kansas Wheat Scoop.

- 7/24/2014
Kansas Wheat’s annual meeting and the High Plains Journal’s “Wheat U” will take place on August 4 and 5 in Wichita. These are free events for any wheat producer or other interested party to attend, but they ask that one register in advance.  Marsha Boswell has more.

- 7/18/2014
Sixty years ago, a grassroots movement started by a Kansas native was implemented on an international scale.   And Kansas agriculture remains an active participant in the U.S. Food for Peace program.  This week, Marsha Boswell takes a closer look at that food aid effort.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, less than one percent of Americans are farmers that dot the rural landscape. So, many Americans don't have the opportunity to get "farm" dirty. But, the Kansas Farm Food Connection changed that for one suburban family. Marsha Boswell reports.

Nigeria remains one of the top importers of U.S. wheat. Part of the tremendous growth in the Nigerian market is due to trade team visits to learn about the U.S. grain industry. To encourage this trade partnership, the Kansas Wheat Commission recently hosted eight senior managers from Nigerian milling and pasta manufacturing companies.  Marsha Boswell reports.

The Brazilian government announced on June 24 that it was suspending the 10 percent applied tariff again this year through August 15 for up to one million metric tons of wheat from non-Mercosur sources "to ensure supply in the Brazilian market."  This action comes as a team of wheat buyers from Brazil visited Kansas to learn more about U.S. wheat.  Marsha Boswell reports.

- 6/20/2014
Wheat representatives from Kansas were in Washington, D.C., last week to share their expertise with visitors to the U.S. Botanic Gardens. “Amber Waves of Grain” is the summer terrace show this year at the U.S. Botanic Garden, celebrating the beauty and the diversity as well as the history and importance of wheat in the U.S. and across the world. The Amber Waves of Grain exhibit runs May 24 through October 13, 2014.