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Articles of Interest- Thursday, October 3, 2019

Articles of Interest- Thursday, October 3, 2019

Aussie Wheat Woes Affecting Food Safety, Say Indonesian Millers

Financial Review – 10/02/2019

Indonesian noodle makers are facing a backlash from consumers unhappy with their product after a steep fall in imports of Australian wheat. Bleaching agents and other chemicals are being added to Indonesian noodles to make them look like they are made from Australian wheat rather than imports from Black Sea countries, the Indonesian Flour Millers Association (IFMA) told a grains industry conference in Perth on Wednesday. The warning on food safety comes as Australia’s exports to Indonesia slumped about 75 per cent from the five-year average so far in 2019 and are tracking to be about 1 million tonnes this year.

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Russian Wheat Prices Rise With Global Benchmarks

Hellenic Shippins News – 10/03/2019

Export prices for Russian wheat rose last week for a second week with futures rising in Chicago and Paris, analysts said on Monday. Egypt’s state grains buyer GASC agreed to buy 240,000 tonnes of Russian wheat and 60,000 tonnes of French wheat in a tender on September 25. Egypt is usually the largest buyer of Russian wheat…Russia has exported 12.8 million tonnes of grain since the start of the 2019/20 season, 10% less than during the same period of the previous year, SovEcon said. That figure included 11.1 million tonnes of wheat.

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K-State Releases Three New Wheat Varieties

AgUpdate – 10/02/2019

Kansas State University recently three new wheat varieties, which are available to Certified Seed growers this fall and will be available to farmers in fall 2020. The new releases include two hard red winter wheat varieties – KS Western Star and KS Dallas – and one hard white wheat, KS Silverado. They were all developed at the K-State Agricultural Research Center in Hays, Kansas. The wheat breeding program at Kansas State University, with locations in Manhattan and Hays, receives funding from the Kansas Wheat Commission through the two-cent wheat checkoff. 

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2019 Wheat Harvest a Challenge in Many Areas

North Dakota Grain Growers Association– 10/02/2019

The prolonged and rain impacted harvest season across much of our region has created many challenges, including a slow harvest pace, high moisture wheat, reduced color or vitreous kernels, and a larger than normal share of the crop is also showing low falling numbers. This has added marketing uncertainty for both producers and end-users, and required additional quality testing.  Producers and grain handlers have raised questions regarding the falling number quality test, what the values mean, and how to manage low FN wheat. 

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Grain Procurement Course Hosts 30 Participants From Over 20 Countries

Northern Crops Institute- 10/03/2019

Thirty professionals from across the globe connected together at The Northern Crops Institute (NCI) for its annual Grain Procurement Management for Importers Course. This eight-day course, that ran from September 9th through the 18th, began in Fargo, ND, with additional stops in both Duluth and Minneapolis, MN. Participants of the course were educated on how the U.S. grain handling system functions, and how to successfully purchase high quality grains from the U.S. Course participants benefited from various activities including electronic trading game exercises at NDSU’s Barry Hall, meetings with professionals in the grain trading industry, lectures with world class experts on U.S. grains, as well as tours of farms, a grain elevator, and an export grain terminal. The program also featured a reception at Wurst Bier Hall, as well as a graduation dinner at the NDSU Alumni Center.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates