11:04 am
Mon February 16, 2015

KSU Researchers To Develop Heat-Tolerant Wheat Grain

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Two Kansas State University researchers are developing a type of wheat that will tolerate hotter temperatures as the grain is developing.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that problem is kernels start to shrivel if temperatures are too high--the wheat grains begin to fill out. That happens in May and June in Kansas.

The transgenic wheat contains genetic material into which DNA from an unrelated organism has been artificially introduced.

In this case, the researchers added genetic material from rice to wheat.

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10:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Report: Kansas' 'Everest' Wheat Ranks High Among Other Winter Wheat Varieties

A new National Agricultural Statistics Service report has ranked the popularity of winter wheat varieties in Kansas.

The report labels "Everest" to be the leading wheat variety seeded in Kansas. Developed by Kansas State University, Everest accounts for over 14 percent of the planted acres for 2014.

A wheat variety called TAM 111 is the second most popular variety with 11.6 percent of the acreage. It is the leading variety planted in western Kansas.

In third place was the variety called T 158, with 5 percent of the planted acreage.

7:54 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Kansas Wheat Is 89 Percent Harvested

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that Kansas farmers have now harvested 87 percent of their winter wheat crop. By this date last year, the entire crop had been cut, but harvest activity is nearing the seasonal average of 89 percent.

Ninety-nine percent of the state's winter wheat is ripe. Harvest in central Kansas is 99 percent finished, while harvest in northwest Kansas is just 45 percent completed. While the dry conditions across most of the state helped harvest pick up speed, some crops are suffering in arid western Kansas.

7:56 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Another Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto

Another Kansas farmer has filed suit against seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of an isolated field of genetically engineered wheat in Oregon.

Harvey County wheat grower Bill Budde sued Monsanto Friday in a lawsuit seeking class-action status. It's at least the third such lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas against the St. Louis-based company since the field was discovered in May. Similar lawsuits have also been filed in Idaho and Washington state.

7:47 am
Fri July 5, 2013

It's A Bumper Wheat Crop For Central Kansas, But A Weak Harvest For Western Kansas

Farmers are hauling bountiful winter wheat crops into elevators in central Kansas, though the drought has decimated yields in the western part of the state.

Yields in some central Kansas fields are reaching 100 bushels an acre. The Mid-Kansas Co-op in Moundridge says its elevators from Sedgwick County to north of Abilene have been taking in 10 percent more than expected and 50 percent more than their average.

6:26 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Kansas Farmer Files Suit Against Monsanto

A Kansas farmer has sued seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of genetically engineered experimental wheat.

Elkhart wheat grower Ernest Barnes filed the suit.

It alleges that when people heard about the unapproved wheat in an Oregon field last week, the news drove down wheat futures prices and caused a backlash from some international markets, which suspended certain imports.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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6:51 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Ag Department Expects Smaller Kansas Winter Wheat Crop in 2013

The Agriculture Department has forecast U.S. farmers will harvest a far smaller winter wheat crop this season than a year ago, particularly for the hard red varieties used to bake bread. 

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that winter wheat production is forecast to be down 10 percent to 1.49 billion bushels amid fewer acres and poorer yields. Production of hard red winter wheat production is down by 23 percent nationwide to 768 million bushels.

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6:32 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Kansas Wheat Tour Forecasts Smaller Harvest Than 2012, But Larger than 2011

Participants in the Kansas wheat quality tour have forecast the state will harvest 313 million bushels despite drought and freezes.

6:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Warmer Temperatures Needed To Assess Wheat Damage

A new report says warmer temperatures are needed before Kansas farmers can assess the freeze damage to their winter wheat crop.

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6:19 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Top Morning News 4.9.13

 Kansas budget still not set as lawmakers take a break from the Statehouse; The Kansas Board of Education is set to adopt new history standards; Rain helps crops a little as spring planting begins.

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

Kansas legislators left for their month-long break without finalizing the state's $14 billion budget.


Kan. Ed Board Set To Approve History Standards

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