Recent news and highlights from around the wheat industry.
Quote of the Week: “We have a plan, but it is only as good as the weather it is written on.” – Hurdsfield, North Dakota, farmer Jeff Mertz, discussing how he and his neighbors are preparing for what is likely to be a delayed planting season.
U.S. Wheat Exports Up this Week. USDA reported commercial net sales of 704,700 metric tons (MT) were reported for delivery in 2018/2019, up 48% from last week’s 475,000 MT and 70% from the estimated previous 4-week average of 457,000 MT. Sales were well above trade expectations of 300,000 to 600,000 MT. Increases were reported for Iraq (200,000 HRW), Egypt (-491 HRS, 120,000 SRW), Indonesia (80,000 HRS, 35,000 white), the Philippines (41,000 HRS, 29,000 white), and Mexico (37,355 HRW, 10,000 HRS, 15,121 SRW).
Pasta Production and Technology Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a Pasta Production and Technology Course April 30 to May 2, 2019, at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. This course introduces participants to the fundamental and applied aspects of pasta production and quality. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, Apr. 8.
Baking with Hard Red Spring Wheat Flour Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on hard red spring (HRS) wheat and flour May 14 to 17, 2019, at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Participants will spend time in the baking laboratory, making pan breads, hamburger buns, hard rolls, bagels, pizza crusts, wheat-flour tortillas and more. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, Apr. 22.
Baking with Whole Wheat and Whole Grains Course. The Northern Crops Institute is hosting a course focused on the utilization of whole wheat flour made from hard red spring (HRS) wheat and how to incorporate other whole grain ingredients into wheat-based products. The July 30 to Aug. 2, 2019 course will be at its facilities in Fargo, N.D. Click here to learn more and register by Monday, July 8.
Buhler-KSU Executive Milling Short Courses. IGP Institute offers this executive milling course several times in 2019 at its campus in Manhattan, Kan. The course, focused on the underlying principles of the milling process and operational management, will be offered in English May 20 to 24, 2019, and Nov. 4 to 8, 2019, as well as in Spanish Aug. 26 to 30, 2019. Click here to register to these courses.