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This Week’s Wheat Digest, June 26-30, 2017

This Week’s Wheat Digest, June 26-30, 2017

NAWG Weekly Wheat Digest

K-State: AgManager: MYA Price Estimates Updated for ARC and PLC Commodity Programs
As the wheat marketing year ended on May 31st, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has published a final Marketing Year Average (MYA) price of $3.89 for wheat; this price is used to determine ARC and PLC payments for the 2016 crop year, which will be issued this coming fall.  Kansas State University’s AgManager has an interesting analysis published here.


NAWG in the News

Capital Ag Press (June 27, 2017) Farm Groups Cheer EPA Moves to Roll Back Wotus
EPA intends to rescind the controversial rule and take another crack at defining waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act. The National Association of Wheat Growers applauded EPA for rescinding the rule. “Nobody understands the need for good stewardship and conservation better than America’s wheat farmers,” Chandler Goule, NAWG CEO, said. “We depend on clean water and healthy soils to make a living and feed the world. However, wheat farmers also need regulatory certainty so they know how to stay in compliance with the law.”

Oklahoma Farm Report (June 28, 2017) Wheat Industry and Other Group Urges the Trump Administration to Appoint USDA Leadership
Today, the National Association of Wheat Growers joined more than a dozen other prominent agriculture organizations calling on President Donald Trump to quickly to fill vacancies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Topeka-Capital Journal (June 30, 2017) David Schemm: Farm Bill conservation programs are critical for wheat farmers
Opinion Editorial by NAWG President David Schemm…Cropping systems, climate and soils vary for each wheat farmer across the country. Conservation programs must reflect these differences, and conservation options for growers must change just as the landscape across the country changes. I made this same argument to members of the Senate Agriculture Committee who held a hearing on June 29, 2017 to examine the 2018 Farm Bill’s conservation programs.


Wheat in the News

Allergic Living (June 27, 2017) Debunking 4 Big Celiac Myths
On average, people with celiac disease wait up to 10 years to get an accurate diagnosis. When they do get one, they are often told to stop eating gluten and “Google it” for more information. For so many of us, the internet is our lifeline, giving us access to gluten-free recipes, and connecting us with others who share our experiences. Alongside this wealth of information, however, comes a wealth of misinformation.

Bloomberg (June 29, 2017) Spring Wheat Surges the Most Since 2010
Prices for spring wheat, the high-protein variety favored for bagels and pizza crusts, are starting to defy gravity. Futures soared as much as 8.5 percent on Thursday, the most intraday since 2010, after Canada cut its planting outlook and drought conditions expand in U.S. growing states. Prices are up 31 percent in June, beating the gains for 80 other commodities tracked by Bloomberg.

The Spokesman-Review (June 26, 2017) Dusty Wheat Fields Signal Peak for Glut
It’s finally starting to look like the world wheat glut has peaked. Dry, hot weather from the U.S. to Europe is taking its toll on crops, and the U.S. government is forecasting global output will fall for the first time in five seasons. The adverse conditions have pushed benchmark futures in Chicago to their best start to a year in a decade, a stark reversal from the previous four years when burdensome supplies dragged down prices.


Wheat Industry News

Lawrence Journal-World (June 29, 2017) Kansas Wheat Harvest Mixed Amid Disease, Storm Damage
This year’s winter wheat harvest has been a mixed bag for Kansas, as farmers race to bring in the crop amid damaging spring storms that have pounded some fields with hail. Fields around Norton and Goodland in northwest Kansas were hit by hail this week, while a “big hail event” hit last week around Garden City and Deerfield in southwest Kansas, said Justin Gilpin, chief executive for industry group Kansas Wheat.

The Hemingford Ledger (June 29, 2017) Five Generations Strong
And so began Cullan Farms…The farming operation has been the livelihood of five generations of Cullan family members – the newest generation being Tommy Cullan, the son of the late Brian Cullan….The certified seed part of the operation got its start from what began as a 4-H project for Chris Cullan’s dad, Doug Cullan, and his siblings…He (Chris) is the chairman of the Farmer’s Cooperative Board of Directors and is also a member of the Nebraska Cooperative Council Foundation Board, Nebraska Crop Improvement Association, the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Ag Builders.


Source: National Association of Wheat Growers