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Quality Varieties

Meeting Export and Domestic Market Demand

Variety Information
The hallmark of a quality wheat is the ability to mill well and produce excellent breads, cookies, cakes, noodles and a wealth of other end use products. Over the years, quality has become a mainstay of newly released varieties. Public and private wheat breeders know the importance of maintaining and improving quality attributes, along with agronomic traits.

Each year new varieties are released. Which one is best for you? Geography plays a major role in defining market destinations and desired quality attributes.

For the latest information on locally adapted wheat varieties see the following websites.

University of Idaho – College of Agriculture
http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/cereals

Washington State University; Cereal Variety Testing Program
http://www.variety.wsu.edu


USDA Western Wheat Quality Lab, Pullman, WA.
http://www.wsu.edu/~wwql Variety Quality Scores

WestBred (Monsanto)
http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/westbred-wheat.aspx

Syngenta (AgriPro)
http://www.agriprowheat.com/region/pacific-northwest

Additional Quality Information:
Yearly crop quality reports, including the US Wheat Associates Export Cargo Survey and the Soft White Wheat Marketing Report, can be found at US Wheat Associates: http://www.uswheat.org/reports/cropquality.

A Case in Point: HRWvarieties_photo.jpg

Several years ago four vessels of wheat sent to Japan contained several varieties of HRW with poor quality attributes. Following complaints from Japanese customers, testing found that the HRW wheat was of such poor quality that it resulted in the erosion of customer goodwill toward PNW wheat.

Japan is the largest importer of PNW wheat. It took awhile to undo the harm created by sending the poor quality wheats.

The photo shows that the poorer quality HRW wheat shipped produced a loaf of bread that was approximately 30% smaller than normal.

Variety Matters!

Friday, February 13, 2015
New Report Confirms Biotechnology Crop Growth
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Idaho Annual Crop Production
Winter wheat acres planted in Idaho are estimated at 760,000 acres, down 20,000 acres from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 720,000 acres, down 1 percent from 2014.

Idaho spring wheat planted acres increased from 480,000 acres in 2014 to 570,000 acres in 2015.

All Wheat stored in all positions on June 1, 2015 totaled 18.5 million bushels in Idaho, up from 13.4 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were up 9 percent, while on-farm stocks were up 243 percent compared to the previous year.