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Articles of Interest- Monday, February 25, 2019

Articles of Interest- Monday, February 25, 2019

Mexico is Essential Market for Kansas Wheat Farmers

Kansas Wheat – 02/22/2019

With discussions on trade dominating the public discourse, it is vital for Kansas wheat farmers to preserve a trading partnership with our neighbor to the south. Mexico has become the largest buyer of U.S. wheat in the world. Mexico buys about 106.5 million bushels of wheat from the United States each year, including 55 million bushels of hard red winter (HRW) wheat. Flour millers in Mexico generate strong demand for U.S. hard red winter wheat, the primary class of wheat grown in Kansas. In MY 2015/16, Mexico surpassed Nigeria and Brazil to become the top market for U.S. HRW.

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Room for Yield Growth in Russian Wheat, but Challenges Remain

World-Grain – 02/25/2019

There’s no denying the growing importance of Russian wheat, nor the effects of that shift in the world wheat market on U.S. wheat exports, a U.S. Department of Agriculture economist told a breakout session on Driving Forces in Global Trade on Feb. 21 in Washington, D.C. Russian wheat production had been slowing for decades until it turned higher in 2000-01. In the past 18 years, the country’s wheat production has doubled, agricultural economist Andrew Sowell with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service told an afternoon audience at USDA’s 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

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Perdue Heads to Hill Amid Farm Bill, Trade Questions

Agri-Pulse– 02/24/2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue heads to Capitol Hill this week to face lawmakers eager to hear about progress on the Trump administration’s trade disputes and implementation of the farm bill. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, says he’s nearing a deal to settle his trade dispute with China after the latest round of negotiations continued into the weekend. He announced Sunday that he was extending his March 1 for China to reach an agreement or face additional tariffs. “If all works well, we’re going to have some very big news over the next week or two,” Trump said Sunday night at a dinner with the nation’s governors.

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Kansas State Joins Heartland Plant Innovations and Others to Explore Breeding Platform

Seed Today – 02/22/2019

The southern Great Plains has a reputation for growing a large percentage of the U.S. wheat crop that is so important to millers and bakers around the globe who depend on it for making bread and general purpose flour. But because of lower prices, compounded by weather challenges in recent years, fewer and fewer overall acres have been planted to wheat. A February report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated U.S. winter wheat planted area at a 110-year low. One part of the wheat industry bucking that trend is organic wheat production. While still a tiny part of overall U.S. wheat output, organic production – wheat certified by the USDA to be grown free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers – grew by more than 11 percent to 10.5 million bushels, according to the USDA’s most recent report.

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Editing Genes for ‘Gluten Safe’ Wheat

AgWeek- 02/25/2019

A European agricultural university is working to produce what it describes as “gluten safe” wheat. U.S. Wheat Associates, which develops export markets for the U.S. wheat, welcomes the work — but with reservations…Though all gluten genes can be removed from wheat, doing so hurts baking quality and wheat-food products. Putting special additives in these gluten-free products, to adjust their texture and taste, makes the products more expensive and “often less healthy than gluten-based equivalents,” according to information from Wageningen University.

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Brazil’s Gavilon Dismisses Executive, Decides Against Wheat Milling

Reuters – 02/22/2019

Brazilian commodities trader Gavilon do Brasil, a subsidiary of Japan’s Marubeni Corp , has dismissed a key manager in a strategic decision not to pursue wheat milling in the country, an executive told Reuters on Friday. Gavilon is part of a growing group of nontraditional grains traders challenging industry heavyweights in Brazil by using “asset-light” models that forgo investing in capital-intensive assets like port facilities or processing plants. The strategy has turned Gavilon into a top 10 soybean exporter in Brazil after only four years in operation. It also has become the country’s leading wheat exporter with almost 50 percent of market share.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates