Thursday, June 30, 2011
Planted acres for all wheat in Idaho are estimated at 1.45 million acres, up 3 percent from 2010, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acres to be harvested for all wheat are expected at 1.38 million acres, up from 1.35 million acres the previous year. Idaho’s spring wheat seedings, at 620,000 acres, are down 2 percent from the 630,000 acres planted in 2010. Harvested acreage is set at 600,000 acres, a decrease of 15,000 acres from last year. Winter wheat seedings of 820,000 acres increased 9 percent from the previous year. Harvested acres are expected to total 770,000 acres, up 60,000 acres from 2010. Area planted to durum wheat is down 60 percent from last year at 8,000 acres, with 8,000 acres also expected to be harvested for grain.
Idaho's June 1 all wheat stocks in all positions totaled 18.0 million bushels, down 7percent from the 19.3 million bushels in storage June 1, 2010.
Nationally, all wheat stored in all positions on June 1, 2011 totaled 861 million bushels, down 12 percent from a year ago. The March – May 2011 indicated disappearance is 565 million bushels, up 48 percent from the same period a year earlier. Barley stocks in all positions on June 1, 2011 totaled 89.4 million bushels, down 23 percent from June 1, 2010. The March – May 2011 indicated disappearance is 48.8 million bushels, 17 percent above the same period a year earlier. Oats stored in all positions on June 1, 2011 totaled 67.6 million bushels, 16 percent below the stocks on hand June 1, 2010. The March – May 2011 indicated disappearance totaled 18.7 million bushels, compared with 17.7 million bushels during the same period a year ago. Corn stocks in all positions on June 1, 2011 totaled 3.67 billion bushels, down 15 percent from June 1, 2010. The March – May 2011 indicated disappearance is 2.85 billion bushels, compared with 3.38 billion bushels during the same period last year.
Monday, June 27, 2011
The University of Idaho will be conducting Field Days in numerous locations during June and July. Field Days provide an opportunity to learn about new wheat and barley varieties while providing growers a forum to ask UI Extension staff questions.
June 27 – Rimrock: UI Crop Tour, Winter/spring wheat, starts at 8:00 a.m. in Genesee. Contact: Lydia Clayton, (208) 799-3096 Iclayton@uidaho.edu
June 28 – Craigmont: Prairie Area Crop & Conservation Tour. Contact: Ken Hart, (208) 937-2311 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosted breakfast 7:00 a.m. Craigmont City Hall. Transportation provided, pesticide recertification and CCA credits available.
July 7 – Burley: UI Cereals Extension Field day, Contacts: Joel Packham (208) 430-7238 email@example.com, Juliet Marshall, Juliet.firstname.lastname@example.org. Starts at 10:00 a.m. at winter cereal trials (150 N on Meridian Rd, N of Rupert), lunch provided.
July 14 – Rexburg: BYU-Idaho Contacts: Greg Blaser (208) 496-4527 email@example.com Renae Zollinger (208) 496-4521. 35th Small Grains and Forages Field Day, ISDA and CCA credits available, lunch provided.
July 19 – Blackfoot: General Mills, Contact: Brett Wilken, (208) 243-0008, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 20 – Swan Valley: Direct Seed Field Day, Contacts: Gordon Gallup, (208) 251-9552 email@example.com; Pat Dailey, (208) 334-2353 firstname.lastname@example.org, Juliet Marshall, Juliet.email@example.com. Starts at 10:00 a.m., Gordon Gallup’s Farm, lunch provided.
July 20 – Ririe: UI Cereals Extension Field day with Bonneville County Grain Growers. Contacts: Matt Gellings (208) 524-4946 firstname.lastname@example.org, Juliet.email@example.com. Starts at 4:00 p.m. Extension trials in Ririe at LDS Church Farm.
July 21—Aberdeen: UI Extension Cereals & Wheat Breeding Field day, 3:00 p.m. Twilight Tour: 100th Anniversary of Research & Extension Center. Contacts: Steve Love (208) 397-4181 firstname.lastname@example.org, Jianli Chen (208) 397-4181 email@example.com, Juliet Marshall (208) 529-8376 Juliet.firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 27 – Soda Springs: UI Cereals Extension Field day with Caribou County Grain Growers. Contacts: Steve Harrison (208) 547-3205, email@example.com; Scott Brown, (801) 557-5123, Sam Reed (208) 547-7020. Starts at 4:00 p.m. at Cid Cellen’s farm, dinner provided.
July 28 – Ashton: UI Extension Field Day with Jefferson/Madison/Fremont County Grain Growers. Contacts: Lance Ellis (208) 624-3102 firstname.lastname@example.org or Juliet Marshall, Juliet.email@example.com. Starts at 10:00 a.m. lunch provided.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Executives directly involved in making wheat purchasing decisions for five flour milling and wheat food companies in Peru were in Idaho June 21 to 23. The team visited General Mills and Pendleton Flour Mills in Blackfoot. They also toured the U.I. Research Center in Aberdeen to learn about Idaho wheat varieties and their end use functionality.
Peru produces only a small amount of wheat and has imported an average of about 55.6 million bushels, or about 1.5 million metric tons, annually for the past five years. U.S. commercial sales to Peru have increased during each of the past three marketing years (June – May) and have grown from 20.8 million bushels in 2009/10 to about 36.8 million bushels in 2010/11.
The U.S. Wheat Associates is targeting Peru's artisan bread market, which has the highest level of consumption and more potential impact on U.S. wheat sales to Peru as a replacement mainly for Canadian spring wheat imports.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Idaho's 2011 winter wheat production is forecast at 62.4 million bushels, unchanged from last month’s forecast, and 7 percent above last year's crop. This report is based on conditions as of June 1. The yield is forecasted to be 79 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month. Acres to be harvested, at 790,000, represent an 80,000 acre increase from 2010.
Temperatures across the state last week ranged from two to eight degrees below normal. All weather stations reported precipitation for the week. Idaho's winter wheat condition is rated 3% very poor; 8% poor; 12% fair, 63% good and 14% excellent. Spring wheat is rated 1% very poor, 3% poor; 20% fair; 66% good and 14% excellent.
Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.45 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the May 1 forecast but 2 percent below 2010. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, unchanged from May 1. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 45.3 bushels per acre, up 0.8 bushel from last month but 1.5 bushels less than last year. Hard Red production is up 2 percent from a month ago to 777 million bushels. Soft Red production is up 2 percent from last month and now totals 434 million bushels. White production totals 240 million bushels, up 2 percent from last month. Of the White production total, 11.6 million bushels are Hard White and 228 million bushels are Soft White.
Monday, June 13, 2011
The Idaho Wheat Commission met May 31 and June 1 in Post Falls, Idaho to finalize the budget for FY 2012 and to elect officers. Gordon Gallup, Ririe, was elected as chairman. Bill Flory, Culdesac, was elected to serve as vice chainman.
Gallup grows wheat, barley, and alfalfa over 3,000 acres and has operated the family farm since 1975. He has been using direct seed tillage since 1985 and was instrumental in organizing and facilitating the IWC Direct Seed Workshops held for the past several years in Idaho Falls.
Flory manages a fourth generation, diversified grain farm raising wheat, barley, bluegrass, canola, and grass/alfalfa hay. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho. Flory has had extensive involvement with the Idaho Grain Producers Association and National Wheat Growers Associations, having served as president of both organizations.
The IWC approved a budget of $2,207,379 million dollars for fiscal year 2011-2012, which covers programs in export and domestic marketing, research and information and education.
The commission increased its research budget this year due to continued reductions in funds from state and federal governments. The IWC continues to focus research dollars on variety development, which helps growers achieve the maximum yield and minimum input costs. Other priorities include research on new pests and diseases.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Snow Surveyors from the Natural Resources Conservation Service recorded one of the deepest June 1 snowpacks ever measured in Idaho. This year's late season snows and slow snow melt provide more than enough water for users and create a potentially threatening runoff season, especially in the Upper Snake and Bear River basins.
"In an average year up to about two-thirds of the snowpack melts during April and May," said Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist with Idaho NRCS. "More water in less time means the streamflow volumes will be much greater than normal."
Generally, streamflows were above average in May and the peaks on most rivers are still to come. Over 80 of 120 Snow Telemetry sites that automatically measure snowpack conditions around Idaho showed the June 1 snow water content levels at or near record highs.
"Hot temperatures or rain during this critical time period when the snow is receding and soils are saturated, will send a flush of water down many streams and generate big flows," Abramovich said. Streamflow forecasts reflect the unusually high June 1 snowpacks. The forecasts around the state range from a low of 120% of average in central Idaho to over 300% in the Bear River Basin.
For up-to-date information on specific areas, visit the NRCS web site: http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/.
The full June Water Supply Report is posted on the website. For current snowmelt and streamflow relationship analyses information, view the snowstream graphs and streamflow graphs at: http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/watersupply/peakflow.html.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Idaho's 2011 winter wheat production is forecast at 62.4 million bushels, unchanged from last month’s forecast, and 7 percent above last year's crop, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. This report is based on conditions as of June 1. The yield is forecasted to be 79 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month. Acres to be harvested, at 790,000, represent an 80,000 acre increase from 2010
Nationally, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.45 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the May 1 forecast but 2 percent below 2010. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 32.0 million acres, unchanged from May 1. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 45.3 bushels per acre, up 0.8 bushel from last month but 1.5 bushels less than last year.
Hard Red production is up 2 percent from a month ago to 777 million bushels. Soft Red production is up 2 percent from last month and now totals 434 million bushels. White production totals 240 million bushels, up 2 percent from last month. Of the White production total, 11.6 million bushels are Hard White and 228 million bushels are Soft White.
Each year an increasing number of growers are choosing to plant public and private wheat varieties with a herbicide-resistant trait added to the germplasm. One example is CLEARFIELD wheat cultivars.
The trait available in the CLEARFIELD varieties is not a GMO. CLEARFIELD wheat cultivars carry a gene for resistance to the herbicide Beyond. To protect the longevity of the technology, growers and seed dealers agree to specific licensing terms and requirements before having access to the seed.
It makes no difference if the trait is added to private varieties (such as AP700CL) or public varieties (such as UICF Brundage, ORCF 103) it is the trait that is protected. Locally developed germplasm serves as the carrier to make the technology available to growers in a wide variety of environments. The cost of having that technology available means agreeing to the stewardship plan which helps reduce the risk of selection of Beyond resistant weeds and gene flow to related weed species.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
KTVB News Channel 7 featured Idaho wheat during its 10 p.m. newscast on Tuesday, June 7. Nishi Gupta reported that the price of wheat has gone up a dollar or two per bushel, but farmers aren't cashing in.
I've been farming 33 years, and I've never experienced this," said Meridian wheat farmer Drew Eggers.
The cooler weather has made Eggers wheat crop vulnerable to a disease called striped rust.
It turns leaves from green to yellow and red, preventing sunlight from getting to the plant and eventually stopping its growth.
Eggers planted 150 acres of wheat last fall. One percent of it is damaged from stripe rust. He'll spend several thousand dollars spraying it to protect the rest from disease."When the temperature is above 75 degrees you don't usually have stripe rust problems, but with this cool wet weather that we've had this spring," said Eggers. "It's become a problem in quite a few fields in southwestern Idaho."
While we've had wet weather, large wheat growing states like Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska are experiencing a drought. Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, has put a ban on wheat exports due to its own lack of wheat supply. China and Canada are also struggling to grow the crop. All of those situations are leading to an increase in what we pay at the store.
To view the entire story click on the link: http://www.ktvb.com/news/Low-global-wheat-supply-leads-to-higher-food-prices-123435209.html