wheat http://kcur.org en Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across The Plains http://kcur.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains <p>Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.</p><p>In Nebraska, a full quarter of the winter wheat crop is rated poor to very poor, and Nebraska farmers are doing comparatively well. More than 40 percent of the wheat acres in Colorado are poor or worse; nearly 60 percent in Kansas and Texas; and an incredible 80 percent in Oklahoma.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:24:23 +0000 Ariana Brocious 57071 at http://kcur.org Drought Hammers Winter Wheat Across The Plains Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward http://kcur.org/post/flour-milling-merger-moves-forward <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:40:44 +0000 Luke Runyon 56089 at http://kcur.org Flour Milling Merger Moves Forward Abundance Of Wheat Drives Down Prices For Midwest Farmers http://kcur.org/post/abundance-wheat-drives-down-prices-midwest-farmers <p>The world is growing a lot more wheat, and that’s having an effect on the prices farmers get for their crop in Kansas and other states in America’s wheat belt.</p><p>Bumper wheat crops in Canada, Russia and Australia will likely make this year’s haul the largest harvest on record. With all that wheat flooding the market, prices are declining.</p><p>“It’s hard not to pay attention when the price is dropping," says Darrell Hanavan, director of the Colorado Wheat Growers Association. He says farmers can expect prices to dip even further, barring a drought on the other side of the globe.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:49:04 +0000 Luke Runyon 50009 at http://kcur.org Sub-Zero Temperatures Have Farmers Worried About Wheat Crop http://kcur.org/post/sub-zero-temperatures-have-farmers-worried-about-wheat-crop <p>In parts of Kansas, forecasts of biting cold temperatures with lows five or ten degrees below zero has farmers worried about the wheat crop that’s in the ground.</p><p>Hard red winter wheat is the most common wheat variety grown in the United States. It’s often used to make bread. Planted in the fall, it lays dormant underground in the winter months. It’s hardy. But bitter cold temperatures for a few consecutive days can lower the temperature of the soil to dangerous levels.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:20:18 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 49316 at http://kcur.org Sub-Zero Temperatures Have Farmers Worried About Wheat Crop Proposed Merger Could Create Wheat Milling Goliath http://kcur.org/post/proposed-merger-could-create-wheat-milling-goliath <p>Fall is planting time for wheat across the Great Plains and this year’s crop went into the ground while big changes were underway in the wheat market. Some of the biggest players in the flour milling industry are joining forces to make the country’s largest miller even larger.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:13:02 +0000 Luke Runyon 47012 at http://kcur.org Proposed Merger Could Create Wheat Milling Goliath Farm Bill Fail Leaves Farmers Uncertain, But Unvexed http://kcur.org/post/farm-bill-fail-leaves-farmers-uncertain-unvexed-0 <p>Farmers work at the mercy of three big forces that are largely outside their control, the weather, the markets, and the government.</p><p>In many parts of the country the first two are doing pretty well these days, but government remains the wild card. Congress can’t seem to pass the farm bill, a huge package of legislation setting food policy for years to come.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Frank Morris 39446 at http://kcur.org Farm Bill Fail Leaves Farmers Uncertain, But Unvexed After The Oregon Discovery, What's The Future Of GMO Wheat? http://kcur.org/post/after-oregon-discovery-whats-future-gmo-wheat <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Many farmers say they would like to grow genetically engineered wheat to help them feed a hungry world, but it’s not what everyone’s hungry for. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:01:22 +0000 Grant Gerlock 39406 at http://kcur.org After The Oregon Discovery, What's The Future Of GMO Wheat?