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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, 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.

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