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Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus Webinar Offered to Idaho Wheat Growers


Guest Presenter: Dr. Arash Rashad
Barley Yellow Dwarf is the most occurring viral disease of cereal crops, caused by Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, also known as BYDV. Aphid vectors can transmit BYDV, therefore conditions that favor their life-cycle and survival can also influence epidemiology of the disease. This webinar provides information on BYDV, its associated aphid vectors, risk factors, and control approaches, which could help to reduce yield loss. Click on the link to view Dr. Rashad's webinar.


Acid Soils Webinar Offered to Idaho Wheat Growers
Guest Presenter: Dr. Kurtis Schroeder discusses the topic of acid soils and associated aluminum toxicitywhich has reemerged in recent years.  Farming practices and other factors have led to continued soil acidification in northern Idaho and eastern Washington, and in some instances significant reductions in yield.  This webinar focuses on understanding what soil pH is and how it can impact soil health and normal plant development.  Potential solutions to reduce the impact of acid soils are discussed along with the future directions of research on management strategies for acid soils.


Farm Taxation Webinar Offered to Idaho Wheat Growers

Guest Presenter: Jerry Brown, CPA http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/p2alaqom18n/

Brown Discussed recent changes in AG taxation. Farm income recognition and expense issues and tax strategies for the farmer were highlighted. Topics included the reduced Section 179 deduction, AG chemicals security credit (expired 12-31-13), a limited discussion of the Affordable Care Act, self employed health insurance and medical reimbursement opportunities, crop insurance deferral election, sale of farmland and easements, farmland rentals, CRP, charitable gifts of raised commodities, depreciation, as well as other topics.
Jerry Brown owns and operates a 3,600-acre dry land and irrigated farm where he raises winter and spring wheat, and barley. Jerry has been farming for over 40 years, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master of Accounting from Utah State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Brown was appointed by Governor Otter to the Idaho Wheat Commission in 2009. He represents wheat producers of District Five, which includes Bannock, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power counties.

Creating Opportunity through Collaboration

Idaho Wheat Commissioners recently met with University of Idaho President, Duane Nellis and Limagrain Cereal Seed executive Jim Peterson, to review the important steps that have been accomplished with the joint partnership agreement that was signed over a year ago.

Click on the link to learn how grower dollars are being invested to develop new cultivars of soft white wheathttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJGEsfX1YXg

Glyphosate Product Performance Webinar Offered to Idaho Wheat Growers

Guest Presenter: Donn Thill, Professor Weed Science, University of Idaho provides the viewer with a brief history of the herbicide glyphosate, followed by some general facts about glyphosate uptake, movement and breakdown in plants. Because uptake of glyphosate by plants is the rate limiting step, Thill presented information on how plant leaf surfaces and herbicide spray droplets affect herbicide uptake. The rest of his presentation focused on factors that affect the performance of glyphosate, which include project formulation, weed species and size, spray additives, water quality, spray volume, spray nozzle type, environment, time of day when the herbicide is applied, rainfall, dew, dust and tire tracks, and resistant weeds.

Click on the link to view the webinar: http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/p7mcypej8e8/

The Biggest Market Factors That Will Affect Idaho Wheat Growers Over the Next Decade

Guest Presenter, Shawn Campbell, Assistant Director for US Wheat Associates, provides an overview of the Pacific Northwest’s export markets.  Shawn discusses factors impacting markets, which includes: quality and proximity to markets.  Campbell also discusswa the end of the Canadian Wheat Board and the emergence of a North American wheat market.

Click on the link to view the webinar:http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/p28704619/

Transportation of Grain from Idaho, Past, Present and Future.

Guest Presenter Terry Whiteside. Whiteside is a principal in Whiteside and Associates, a transportation and marketing consulting firm in Billings, Montana.  This Webinar provides the viewer with a very brief history of rail development since the 1980 Staggers Rail Act that partially deregulated the railroad, the regulatory environment (the Surface Transportation Board) and what is the unreasonable rate standard.  Additionally, analysis of current rate levels, increases in rate rails and prospects for future conversations with the railroads regarding: rates and service issues will be explained.

Click on the link to view the webinar: http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/p64928241/

Planting Date Importance Webinar

Guest presenter Dr. Brad Brown, University of Idaho Extension Soil and Crop Management Specialist, will discusses how planting dates affect many aspects of small grain production.  Yield, quality, response to diseases and insects, variety performance, water use, can all be influenced by planting dates.   Brown explores how crop management practices may compensate to some extent for less than optimal planting dates; seeding rates, fertilization, crop protection, variety selection, planting method, will be discussed. 

To view the webinar click on the link: http://connect.cals.uidaho.edu/p42828900/

World Wheat Supply, Demand, and Prices Webinar

Vince Peterson, Vice President of Overseas Operations for U.S. Wheat Associates discusses global factors behind this year’s exports, review world stock supplies and give his perspective on world plantings, production and prices. The webinar will be approximately one hour. 

Peterson is an active leader in the grain industry, having served on the board of directors of both the Portland Merchants Exchange and the Pacific Grain Export Association. He speaks internationally on the world wheat market and has presented expert witness testimony before Congress and served on a CFTC investigative subcommittee


Strip Rust.  THe stripe rust epidemic in 2011 reduced yields and increased production costs in both winter and spring wheat.  Guest presenter Juliet Marshall, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Cereals Cropping Systems at the Univeristy of Idaho, will review the life cycle of the disease, the unusual environmental conditions that allowed the epidemic to develop, and examine the potential for a repeat performance in the upcoming year.   She will look at various control recommendations, including the selection of resistant varieties, fungicide applications, and various production practices that can reduce the infection and spread in the upcoming cropping season.


“Unraveling the Falling Numbers Questions of 2011”

Guest presenter Juliet Marshall, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Cereals Cropping Systems at the University of Idaho, Department of Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences discusses wheat quality in the 2011 harvest that was called into question with some varieties showing low values in the falling numbers test. In this webinar, Juliet explores the potential causes and the methods we may be able to use to reduce the dockage associated with the expression of low falling numbers.

Healthy Soils Save Money

Ray Archuleta, a conservation agronomist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, addresses how healthy soils save money. Archuleta believes that farming for the 21st century requires producers to follow nature’s template and that doing so will allow soils on the ranch or farm to function better. Healthy functioning soils managed as an ecosystem filtrate water and cycle nutrients and organic material more efficiently. This webinar will teach principles on how to improve soil function so landowners can save money on petroleum based inputs.


Controlling Wire Worms in Cereal Grain Production.

The webinar presented by Mr. Esser focuses on how to improve grain yield and profitability under wireworm pressure and reduce wireworm populations in the soil.

Esser discusses his research on a series of large-scale on-farm tests (OFT) which were initiated in 2008 examining varied rates of Cruiser insecticide and a series of OFT examining a very high labeled rate of Gaucho insecticide to reduce wireworm populations in the soil. A series of small plot insecticide treatments have also been initiated examining multiple products with potential for control.


Biology, Distribution, Economic Impact, and Management of Nematodes on PNW Wheat

Guest Presenter Dr. Dick Smiley, Plant Pathologist,  Oregon State University discusses methods to control the Cereal Cyst Nematode.


Nematodes puncture root cells and damage underground plant tissues, which reduces plant vigor, causes lesions, and predisposes plants to infection by root-infecting fungi.

Dr. Smiley discusses how to identify and reduce Cereal Cyst Nematodes which includes chemical, biological and genetic controls. 


Snow Mold Diseases of Winter Wheat in the PNW

Guest Presenter Tim Murray, Professor Dept. of Plant Pathology, Washington State University discusses the disease development of snow mold, symptoms of the disease and the best methods to control the disease. 


"Coping with Fusarium Head Blight in S. Idaho"
Juliet Marshall, Cereals Agronomist and Pathologist, University of Idaho, discusses several factors that may substantially be increasing the risk of Fusarium Head Blight in Idaho.    Key factors include environmental conditions,  corn, and the increased aggressiveness of Fusarium Crown Rot.  During the webinar, Marshall describes how these factors have contributed to the incidence and aggressiveness of the disease in irrigated winter and spring wheat production in southeast Idaho. (August 2011)

EPA's Fuel Containment Rule 
Guest presenter Adam Lyman describes  "What You Need to Know About EPA's Fuel Containment Rule"  Be sure to view this webinar if your farm stores, transfers, uses, or consumes oil or oil products such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, etc, you’ll want to participate in the free informational webinar. (June 2011)

Wheat Quality Needs in the Export Market
Guest Presenter: Dr. John Oades, U.S. Wheat Associates, Vice President West Coast Operations provides information on what export customers are looking for when they purchase wheat from U.S. farmers.   (March 2011)

World Wheat Supply, Demand, and Prices
Guest Presenter Vince Peterson, U.S. Wheat Associates, Vice President of Overseas Operations provides information on world plantings, production and projections on where prices are headed. (March 2011)


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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
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Winter Wheat Production in Northwest Region Down 19 Percent from Last Year

Idaho planted 780,000 acres of winter wheat in 2014, unchanged from 2013. Harvested area, at 730,000 acres, is down 10,000 acres from 2013. Winter wheat production in Idaho is 58.4 million bushels, down 8 percent from last year with yield estimated at 80.0 bushels per acre, down 6.0 bushels per acre from 2013.

Idaho planted 480,000 acres of spring wheat in 2014, down 50,000 acres from 2013. Harvested area, at 455,000 acres, is down 55,000 acres from 2013. Spring wheat production in Idaho is 34.6 million bushels, down 12 percent from last year with yield estimated at 76.0 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel per acre from 2013.