Back to Breakfast – Breakfast on the Run

If your household is like most in America, mornings are a busy time. You’re on the way to work, kids on the way to school, pets have to be fed, plans made for the day. It’s busy enough on standard mornings, but throw in a little hiccup

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Record Rail Freight Costs Behind Increasing Basis Levels

Regular readers of the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Price Report have clearly seen “basis” levels increase sharply for wheat originating in the northern plains over the past year. For reference, basis is the difference between the relevant futures price and the price quoted at a specific time

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Barges May Sail Down Mississippi by Weekend

Federal officials hope a massive effort to remove silt and sand deposits from the bed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will have cleared a path for hundreds of tied-up barges carrying millions of dollars in cargo to resume their trips downstream over the weekend. Commercial barge

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Grain storage space a problem in parts of South Dakota; large harvest, rail backlog blamed

ABERDEEN, South Dakota — Rail congestion and large bounties of crops have some worried about grain storage space as South Dakota’s harvest gets underway. Rail cars are in short supply in the northern Plains, and many officials and farmers blame that on increased crude oil and freight

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Scientists complete chromosome-based draft of the wheat genome

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Several Kansas State University researchers were essential in helping scientists assemble a draft of a genetic blueprint of bread wheat, also known as common wheat. The food plant is grown on more than 531 million acres around the world and produces nearly 700 million

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Cover crop considerations in 2014

Moisture conditions across the state may have people considering growing cover crops this year. Wheat harvest is just around the corner and many wheat producers in central South Dakota have found that cover crops planted after wheat can provide some benefits. This year with the positive moisture

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Just Folks: Woman, 91, weaves art from wheat

Not many people can lay claim to an invitation from the president to decorate the Christmas tree at the White House. Palmyra’s Martha Hunsicker, 91, can, due to her work in the unique craft field of wheat weaving. In 1993, Hunsicker was invited by President Bill Clinton

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New strategy expands opportunities for WestBred wheat

Monsanto Company has announced changes to its WestBred wheat seed distribution model designed to enhance business and expand opportunities for its seed partners and their growers. “Wheat is a vital, global crop planted on over 500 million acres and supplying 25% of the world’s calories,” said Jeff

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Wheat Walks report

By Bob Fanning SDSU Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist, SDSU Regional Extension Center, Winner FarmForum.net Wheat Walks were held near Corsica, Harrold, Draper and Hayes, S.D., on May 28 and 29. The weather was good, maybe too good, as farmers in each location were busy and attendance

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Stopping the ‘little guy’ in his tracks

We usually want to root for the little guy. But when the “little guy” is the wheat curl mite and he’s helping viruses like wheat streak mosaic get a toehold in your wheat field, that sense of fair play goes out the window. Take one look at

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