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Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties

Breakthrough will help increase food security with better, more robust wheat varieties | WHEAT | Scoop.it
After years of research efforts worldwide, researchers have finally identified a draft sequence of the bread wheat genome - an accomplishment that will lead to more robust and better wheat varieties in the years ahead.
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GMO Wheat Experiment Is Back

GMO Wheat Experiment Is Back | WHEAT | Scoop.it

At the heart of Monsanto’s global research operation is a structure with a rather ordinary name. But on the fourth floor of Building GG is a room where the future of wheat may be changing.


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WASDE: 2014-2015 global wheat supplies raised

WASDE: 2014-2015 global wheat supplies raised | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Feed and residual use for 2014/15 is lowered 30 million bushels reflecting disappearance for June-November as indicated by the December 1 stocks released in the Grain Stocks report.
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International Wheat Yield Partnership Call for Proposals

International Wheat Yield Partnership Call for Proposals | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to ensure global food security and reduce poverty
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Eating whole grains may be linked to living longer

Eating whole grains may be linked to living longer | WHEAT | Scoop.it

(Reuters Health) – People who eat more whole grains live longer and are less likely to die of heart disease, according to an analysis of two large studies.Earlier studies had linked whole grains to

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Wheat producers should look to other commodities

Wheat producers should look to other commodities | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Who would have predicted that gasoline prices would be below $2 per gallon (down from $3.50 in June 2014), that oil prices would be below $50 per barrel (down from $110 in August 2014), and that Perryton, Texas, corn prices would bottom out below $3.40 (down from a peak of $8.90 in August 2012)?  Wheat producers should learn from these price declines.
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K-State researchers develop heat-tolerant wheat gene

K-State researchers develop heat-tolerant wheat gene | WHEAT | Scoop.it

If temperatures are too hot in May and June, farmers could lose more than layers. During this critical grain filling stage, extreme temperatures can lead to shriveled kernels and yield loss. One gene may be the answer. Dr. Harold Trick, plant pathologist at Kansas State University, and Dr. Allan Fritz, KSU wheat breeder, are working on a transgenic wheat that would tolerate warmer temperatures during this plant development stage.

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UK: Nuffield scholar shares secrets to unlocking the wheat plateau

UK: Nuffield scholar shares secrets to unlocking the wheat plateau | WHEAT | Scoop.it
In a Farmers Weekly exclusive, a prominent farm manager summarises the key findings from his Nuffield Scholarship on what his fellow UK growers could learn from other wheat-producing countries in their quest to break through the yield barrier and hit the 20t/ha holy grail
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Can New GMO Techniques Make Crops That Are More “Natural”?

Can New GMO Techniques Make Crops That Are More “Natural”? | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Wheat, one of many crops that could be genetically engineered with lost useful traits
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Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App Available

Kansas Wheat Yield Calculator App Available | WHEAT | Scoop.it
The Kansas Wheat Calculator App allows growers to assess yield potential of their wheat stands during the growing season, even during winter dormancy.
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US: North Dakota Beats Out Kansas for Number 1 Wheat Producer

US: North Dakota Beats Out Kansas for Number 1 Wheat Producer | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Jim Peterson with the North Dakota Wheat Commission says statewide wheat yields set a new record at 46 bushels per acre.
Making North Dakota the number 1 wheat producer in the nation.
While farmers harvested a lot of wheat bushels, quality was less than ideal. 
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Scientists seal agreement to boost adaptability of wheat to climate change

Scientists seal agreement to boost adaptability of wheat to climate change | WHEAT | Scoop.it

More than 100 plant scientists from 22 major wheat-growing countries in the global south and north, met last week to discuss an ambitious international plan to incorporate the most advanced genetic technologies into traditional plant breeding to improve heat and drought tolerance of wheat. 

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Complex Wheat Genome Nearly Cracked

Complex Wheat Genome Nearly Cracked | WHEAT | Scoop.it
One of the highlights of SC14 was a focus on how HPC is expanding out of its roots and cropping up in more and more places. One of the more interesting use cases to take center stage at this year’s event in New Orleans was the significance of HPC to understanding and decoding the bread wheat genome. In the session, “Beyond Human – Sequencing the Complex Wheat Genome to Advance Global Food Security,” Tim Stitt, Head of Scientific Computing at The Genome Analysis Center (TGAC), spoke about the Institute’s work sequencing and assembling one of the most complex genomes, the bread wheat genome.
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Tasmania claims world's most southern wheat crop

Tasmania claims world's most southern wheat crop | WHEAT | Scoop.it
An island off the south east coast of Tasmania has grown Australia's, and arguably the world's, most southern wheat crop.
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New hope for fighting fusarium head blight in durum wheat

New hope for fighting fusarium head blight in durum wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
A variety of wheat that is resistant to a destructive fungal disease has been found to have specialized and protective cell walls, according to research published in BMC Plant Biology. These insights could help to produce stronger, disease-resistant varieties of durum wheat for improved pasta production.
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Wheat in the World: An Interview With Nora Lapitan

Wheat in the World: An Interview With Nora Lapitan | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Dr. Nora Lapitan, Senior Scientist Advisor for the U.S.Agency for International Development, discusses the importance of wheat for global food security in her visit to CIMMYT headquarters.

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China expected to boost imports of protein-rich wheat

China expected to boost imports of protein-rich wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Chinese wheat buyers are likely to step up imports of higher quality grains to meet a domestic shortfall even though total overseas purchases are forecast to tumble this year due to bumper production at home, analysts and traders said.
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More information and data about wheat production in China: http://wheatatlas.org/country/CHN

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India: Cool weather, rain boost bumper wheat crop hopes

India: Cool weather, rain boost bumper wheat crop hopes | WHEAT | Scoop.it

Cool weather and rainfall over the past few days has triggered hope for a higher yield of wheat this year.
If the weather holds, the crops this year — being cultivated over an area of a size similar to last year — could surpass last year’s 95.9 million tonnes (mt).

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More information and data about wheat in India available at:

http://wheatatlas.org/country/IND

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Wheat Production Sets New Records Thanks To Global Warming

Wheat Production Sets New Records Thanks To Global Warming | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Global wheat production set new records in 2013 and 2014, contradicting alarmists' claims that global warming is reducing wheat harvests.
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Global warming will cut wheat yields, research shows

Global warming will cut wheat yields, research shows | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Production of wheat – one of the world’s most important staple crops – is set to fall by 6% for every 1C rise in temperature, say scientists
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Full text article: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2470.html

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Anti-Wheat Fad Diets Undermine Global Food Security Efforts

Anti-Wheat Fad Diets Undermine Global Food Security Efforts | WHEAT | Scoop.it

This Wheat Discussion Paper serves as a foundation upon which the authors hope further discussion will develop. It aims to highlight unsubstantiated nutritional claims about wheat and shine a spotlight on the important role of wheat and fiber in human diets. It also seeks to encourage conversation about how non-scientific claims about wheat could affect poor consumers and global food security.

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Ideology Prevents Wheat Growers From Converting to More Profitable Methods, New Study Shows

Ideology Prevents Wheat Growers From Converting to More Profitable Methods, New Study Shows | WHEAT | Scoop.it

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – U.S. wheat growers resist converting to a more profitable method of farming because of ideology – their personal beliefs about organic farming – rather than technical or material obstacles, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Arkansas researcher.

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New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food

New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food | WHEAT | Scoop.it

The study identified two key characteristics shared by the wild relatives of current crop plants. Firstly they have bigger seeds, which means they grow into bigger seedlings and are able to get more than their fair share of light and nutrients, and secondly, as adult plants they are less bushy than other grasses and package their big seeds onto fewer stems. This means crop wild relatives perform better than the other wild grasses that they are competing with and are better at growing close together in fields, making them ideal for using in agriculture.

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Saudi to end domestic wheat purchases by 2016

Saudi to end domestic wheat purchases by 2016 | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia will stop buying domestically-grown wheat in two years' time and rely completely on imports of the grain, the water-short kingdom's new agriculture minister said on Wednesday.
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Expert cautious about plant growth regulators for wheat

Expert cautious about plant growth regulators for wheat | WHEAT | Scoop.it
Plant growth regulators are nothing new for cotton farmers, but they are of recent interest to some wheat producers who are questioning their efficiency and economics, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo.
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