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Investments in Wheat Research

IWC Mission "maximize profitability for Idaho Wheat Producers by investing funds in market development, RESEARCH, and information & education"

The Idaho Wheat Commission (IWC) invested 53% of its 3.14 million budget in research for FY 2014.  Our research partners include public and private entities.  The IWC utilizes its grower check-off dollars to go directly towards research, no check-off dollars are used to fund overhead of the cooperating research institution. Research collaborators include UI, WSU, OSU, BYU-ID, USU, USDA_ARS, ARS Western Genotyping Lab, Western Wheat Quality Lab, PNW Wheat Quality Council, Wheat Marketing Center, Limagrain Cereal Seeds to mention a few.  Information gained from these projects will increase overall farm profits as producers integrate the knowledge into their operations. 

Idaho wheat growers joined the University of Idaho-Limagrain Cereal Seeds collaboration on wheat breeding to develop SWW varieties for the PNW, by continuing support of the UI's North Idaho Soft Winter Wheat breeding program.

The Idaho Wheat Variety Survey is a yearly research project conducted by IWC staff.  The 2013 data compares very well with the NASS data reported in the 2013 Small Grains report released in September 2013.  Brundage and Jefferson are still the most frequently planted varieties with the most acres statewide. Each year more new varieties are reported on the survey, many from private variety development companies.  The accuracy of the survey data is dependent upon producer participation.  thank you to all who responded on line or by paper ballot to the variety survey.

Grower research dollars funded a new small plot combine for the Aberdeen wheat breeding program conducted by Jianli Chen. These are a few of the ways in which Idaho Wheat Growers invest in the future of Idaho's wheat industry with their check-off dollars .

The Idaho Wheat Commission has established two University of Idaho faculty research endowments in the amount of one million dollars each, the endowments fund a wheat breeding and a wheat agronomist professorship, each located at the university’s Aberdeen Research and Extension Center.   Idaho wheat grower dollars do not fund overhead costs in the administration of the two endowments.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Growers’ help needed to improve crop insurance
Sprout damage from heavy rains in southern and eastern Idaho at the end of the 2014 growing season made evident the inadequacy of current crop insurance for wheat growers, which is based on yields and not quality.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has expressed a willingness to make changes to the quality standard for wheat by addressing the low falling number scale, but the agency wants to address the issue nationwide and needs strong data to support any changes.
Growers can assist the effort by providing multiple years of settlement data, at least the last six years but preferable the last 10 to 12.

RMA does not need and would prefer not to receive growers’ names, addresses and tax ID numbers.

The data must contain: the year; county and state where the crop was grown (not sold/delivered); quality of production; gross price received; net payment (gross less any dockage, but not considering any storage or shipping fees); test weight; and protein.

In addition, the agency needs at least one of the following: DON/VOM; falling number; or other quality spec of interest.
Growers are asked to send info to Blaine Jacobson at blaine@idahowheat.org.