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Welcome to the Idaho Wheat Commission

Idaho is one of the few places in the world where buyers can find several different classes of wheat in one place.  Wheat class is determined by kernel hardness and color, and by its planting time.  Each class of wheat has its own characteristics related to milling, baking and agronomic needs.

Soft White Wheat (winter and spring): pastries, pancakes, cakes, cookies, crackers, flat breads, snack foods and cereals.
Hard Red Wheat (winter and spring): yeast breads, hard rolls and bagels, Asian noodles, flat breads.
Hard White Wheat (winter and spring): blended flours, Asian noodles, steam breads, domestic foods made with whole wheat.
Durum: pasta

Idaho wheat production is usually about 100 million bushels/year.  Wheat production plays an important role in Idaho’s economy.  Wheat production creates jobs and income, not only in the production process, but also in transportation, storage, milling and input supply industries.  The value of wheat production is close to $500 million and  contributes over 8,500 jobs.

Barley Yellow Dward and Stripe Alert

Dr. Juliet Marshall, University of Idaho reports most of the acres of winter wheat and winter barley are already planted. If the grain is up and wasn’t treated with an insecticidal seed treatment, it will be vulnerable to aphid infestation and Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus infection. The disease Barley Yellow Dwarf (BYD) can cause significant yield loss depending upon the weather.

If planted grain WAS treated with an insecticidal seed treatment, you may still be at risk depending on date of planting. Early planted grain may run out of protection, as seed treatment protection is limited. Please see the attached file for more information! 

Be aware! Aphids ARE being found in the newly planted winter wheat! While that may be good news for us in our BYDV insecticide trial and for screening for resistance in new winter wheat varieties, it will not be good news for cereal producers. 

And for more information, see the CIS 1210 available online: http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edcomm/pdf/CIS/CIS1210.pdf

Stripe rust infection in fall planted winter wheat was confirmed in Montana by Dr. Mary Burrows (visit http://www.mtagalert.org/ ). That doesn’t mean we have fall infection as well, but it definitely indicates that we have increased risk! The beautiful fall weather allows green bridge material (volunteer grain) to become well established, providing a reservoir for disease (stripe rust especially) and insects (aphids and mites) that transmit BYDV and WSMV.





















Thursday, October 1, 2015
Taking a Look at Price Spreads from Farm to Consumer
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Winter Wheat Production in Northwest Region Down 2 Percent from Last Year

Idaho planted 750,000 acres of winter wheat in 2015, down 30,000 acres from 2014. Harvested area, at 700,000 acres, is down 30,000 acres from 2014. Winter wheat production in Idaho is 57.4 million bushels, down 2 percent from last year.

Idaho planted 440,000 acres of spring wheat in 2015, down 40,000 acres from 2014. Harvested area, at 425,000 acres, is down 30,000 acres from 2014. Spring wheat production in Idaho is 29.8 million bushels, down 14 percent from last year.