U.S. Wheat — We Need A Farm Bill This Year
Brownfield Ag News – 11/13/2018
U.S. Wheat Associates tells Brownfield it’s very important to them that a farm bill passes this year. As of September 30th, funding ended for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, as vice chairman Doug Goyings explains, “We have no funding coming from FMD right now. And even if they extend the farm bill we won’t get any funding unless they make a special provision because that was one of those line items that got eliminated because it was too low of a value.”

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Ameropa’s Romanian Investment
World Grain – 11/12/2018
Swiss-based grain and fertilizer trader Ameropa has made a huge investment in the Romanian port of Constanta and in Romanian agriculture. Its most recent investment in the Chimpex terminal at Constanta opened in June 2017 and demonstrates a long-term strategy to build exports from the region. The new terminal adds 200,000 tonnes to the existing 300,000 tonnes of storage capacity and can load at 1,600 tonnes an hour. The berth is 2.1 kilometers long and can handle up to 10 vessels at a time. Its draft allows for Panamax vessels. It’s part of a Romanian operation that employs some 1,900 people and serves 1,800 fertilizer customers and 2,650 grain origination partners. In 2017, Ameropa bought around 3.1 million tonnes of grain and oilseeds through 19 silo and warehouse locations in Romania.

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Area Farmers Eke Out Above-Average Year
The Lewiston Tribune – 11/12/2018
This year’s farming season had its challenges — both from Mother Nature and Washington, D.C. In the end, producers in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington enjoyed good overall crop yields, survived threats from trade wars with China and now are looking at wheat prices a dollar ahead of the past two years. “Generally speaking, we had an above-average year,” said Nez Perce County Extension agent Doug Finkelnburg. “We had above-average returns on winter wheat and really strong yields on garbanzo beans.”

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National Wheat Yield Contest
DTN The Progressive Farmer – 11/12/2018
A 202.53-bushel wheat yield and a third consecutive win in the National Wheat Yield Contest would satisfy many growers, but Phillip Gross still sees room for improvement. “I think by increasing seed population and trying to encourage more tillers in the fall, we could have done better,” the Warden, Washington, grower told DTN. Each year, Gross paces his fields, scrutinizing tillering, pollination, spikelet number, kernel size, disease and insect pressure, as well as taking tissue and soil samples to check nutrient levels. “I personally think this is only half of its yield potential,” he said of his winning irrigated winter wheat variety, LCS Jet.

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Miller, Henning to be Washington Wheat Ambassadors
Capital Press – 11/12/2018
Two high school students will represent wheat farmers as Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Lacey Miller of Ritzville and Evan Henning of Thornton will give speeches at the upcoming Washington Association of Wheat Growers annual awards banquet Nov. 15 during the Tri-State Grain Growers convention in Portland. Miller and Henning were selected after an initial written application process that included submitting a short introductory video.

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Source: U.S. Wheat Associates