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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas wheat farmers shared their story with consumers this June when nine food bloggers came to Kansas during wheat harvest.

Food bloggers from all over the United States toured a wheat farm during harvest, a flour mill and the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center as part of the #Wheat2Bread tour, hosted by Kansas Wheat and Red Star Yeast.

On June 12, the bloggers traveled to south central Kansas where they met Kansas Wheat Commissioner Scott Van Allen in his wheat field. For many of them, they had never been to Kansas or a farm before, and each had the opportunity to harvest wheat with Scott in his combine.

The bloggers asked questions about growing wheat, how farmers choose what to plant and what farmers want their readers to know. They posted on their social media channels an invitation for readers to ask questions of wheat farmers. Central Kansas wheat farmer Jenny Goering traveled with the group.

The group got to see harvest at Jenny’s farm in McPherson County on their way to New Cambria, Kansas, where they toured the Farmer Direct Foods flour mill.
On June 13, the bloggers toured the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, where they learned about the research that goes into developing new wheat varieties. They were especially interested in the gene bank and the ability researchers have to breed genetics from ancient wheat relatives into modern bread wheats. Kansas State University’s Wheat Genetics Resource Center is housed in the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center.

A highlight of the trip for the bloggers was a baking experience with cookbook author and fellow blogger Zoë François, from ZoeBakes and Breadin5. She is the coauthor of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. François and Kansas Wheat’s Julene DeRouchey demonstrated two methods of creating bread dough, and the bloggers spent the day in Kansas Wheat’s Speak for Wheat Test Kitchen perfecting their bread baking skills. They were excited to return home and put their new skills to work developing wheat bread recipes for their readers.

Another goal of bringing the bloggers to Kansas during wheat harvest was to share with them and their readers about the National Festival of Breads baking contest that will be held next June 8, 2019. Contest organizers have added a food blogger division in addition to the home baker division. There was much interest in the contest, and many of the bloggers said they would love to come back next year, whether they qualify for the contest or not.

The bloggers included Stefani from Cupcakeproject.com in St. Louis, Missouri; Lori from Thekitchenwhisperer.net in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Kristin from BakerBettie.com in Chicago, Illinois; Abby from HeartofaBaker.com in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Annalise from Completelydelicious.com in Salt Lake City, Utah; Sally from SallysBakingAddiction.com in Baltimore, Maryland; Adriana from adrianasbestrecipes.com in Orlando, Florida; Jamie from LoveBakesGoodCakes.com in Phoenix, Arizona; and Jessica from A-Kitchen-Addiction.com in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kansas Wheat’s Marsha Boswell and Jordan Hildebrand, Red Star Yeast’s Kelly Olson and Linda Nelsen, and Registered Dietitian Jill Ladd also traveled with the group.

They will be sharing their stories of their time in Kansas during wheat harvest with their readers over the next several weeks. With a combined readership of more than 5.4 million followers, these bloggers are helping Kansas wheat farmers share their story with millions of consumers throughout the U.S. Follow Kansas Wheat on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to read their stories over the next few weeks.

Kansas wheat farmers shared their story with consumers this June when nine food bloggers came to Kansas during wheat harvest.
Food bloggers from all over the United States toured a wheat farm during harvest, a flour mill and the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center as part of the #Wheat2Bread tour, hosted by Kansas Wheat and Red Star Yeast.
On June 12, the bloggers traveled to south central Kansas where they met Kansas Wheat Commissioner Scott Van Allen in his wheat field. For many of them, they had never been to Kansas or a farm before, and each had the opportunity to harvest wheat with Scott in his combine.
The bloggers asked questions about growing wheat, how farmers choose what to plant and what farmers want their readers to know. They posted on their social media channels an invitation for readers to ask questions of wheat farmers. Central Kansas wheat farmer Jenny Goering traveled with the group.
The group got to see harvest at Jenny’s farm in McPherson County on their way to New Cambria, Kansas, where they toured the Farmer Direct Foods flour mill.
On June 13, the bloggers toured the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, where they learned about the research that goes into developing new wheat varieties. They were especially interested in the gene bank and the ability researchers have to breed genetics from ancient wheat relatives into modern bread wheats. Kansas State University’s Wheat Genetics Resource Center is housed in the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center.
A highlight of the trip for the bloggers was a baking experience with cookbook author and fellow blogger Zoë François, from ZoeBakes and Breadin5. She is the coauthor of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. François and Kansas Wheat’s Julene DeRouchey demonstrated two methods of creating bread dough, and the bloggers spent the day in Kansas Wheat’s Speak for Wheat Test Kitchen perfecting their bread baking skills. They were excited to return home and put their new skills to work developing wheat bread recipes for their readers.
Another goal of bringing the bloggers to Kansas during wheat harvest was to share with them and their readers about the National Festival of Breads baking contest that will be held next June 8, 2019. Contest organizers have added a food blogger division in addition to the home baker division. There was much interest in the contest, and many of the bloggers said they would love to come back next year, whether they qualify for the contest or not.
The bloggers included Stefani from Cupcakeproject.com in St. Louis, Missouri; Lori from Thekitchenwhisperer.net in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Kristin from BakerBettie.com in Chicago, Illinois; Abby from HeartofaBaker.com in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Annalise from Completelydelicious.com in Salt Lake City, Utah; Sally from SallysBakingAddiction.com in Baltimore, Maryland; Adriana from adrianasbestrecipes.com in Orlando, Florida; Jamie from LoveBakesGoodCakes.com in Phoenix, Arizona; and Jessica from A-Kitchen-Addiction.com in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kansas Wheat’s Marsha Boswell and Jordan Hildebrand, Red Star Yeast’s Kelly Olson and Linda Nelsen, and Registered Dietitian Jill Ladd also traveled with the group.
They will be sharing their stories of their time in Kansas during wheat harvest with their readers over the next several weeks. With a combined readership of more than 5.4 million followers, these bloggers are helping Kansas wheat farmers share their story with millions of consumers throughout the U.S. Follow Kansas Wheat on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to read their stories over the next few weeks.
Storms ripped through western Kansas from Wallace County to Ness County in a swath ten to 15 miles wide on May 14. Wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour and hail from pea-sized to baseball-sized broke out windows, dented cars and tore siding off of houses.
Listen to Lucas Haag K-State North West Area Agronomist talk about the aftermath of the storm: http://post.futurimedia.com/krvnam/playlist/aftermath-of-the-storm-on-the-wheat-crop-4191.html
Wheat fields in the area weren’t spared either. Fields that were already suffering from drought stress were completely destroyed by the “great white combine.”
In Scott County, Glenda and Rich Randall estimate that they lost about 300 acres of wheat near their home. Within ten minutes, marble sized hail paired with 70 mile per hour winds tore through their irrigated wheat field. The wheat was just beginning to head out, but after the storm, it appeared as though it had been mowed off by a dull blade. Glenda said, “You looked outside, and it just looked like winter.” Rich estimated that field, which was planted late after corn, would have made 40 bushels per acre, but now was a total loss. A field to the west also suffered severe damage, but Rich estimated it was only a 50% loss. On the upside, the Randalls did have multi-peril and hail insurance, as hail is common in their area.
Hail damaged field at Rich and Glenda Randall’s near Scott City, Kansas
A few miles to the east, the Ramseys surveyed their fields near Manning, Kan. Marc, who returned to farm with his dad, Craig, in 2011 said this was the worst he’s seen. From the road, the fields still looked somewhat lush, but upon closer inspection, heads were bent over and stalks were broken in half. The smell of freshly cut grass was in the air. Divots in the ground showed how much force the hail had. The fertilizer tanks on the top of their corn planter had holes in the top. Although they have federal crop insurance, they do not have additional hail insurance. Marc said he couldn’t even hear the wind and rain over the sound of the hail. Estimates from the area included baseball-sized hail up to one report of cantaloupe-sized. Neighbors in the area estimated that up to two-thirds of their crop was destroyed.
Craig Ramsey and Marc Ramsey had hail damage in their fields near Manning, Kansas
To the west, David and Lisa Schemm farm near Sharon Springs, Kan., in Wallace County. The storm directly hit their house and fields near the house, which appear to be a total loss. The pre-hail yield estimate for the 325 acre field near their house was 42 bushels per acre.
“The hail storm went from Weskan and went southeast, pretty much in a line,” said Lisa. “It was very wide, so we’re estimating a little over half of our wheat was destroyed. It was 70-plus mile an hour winds. I would say it probably would have been golf ball, up to just shy of a baseball-sized hail, and the winds were vicious.”
The west sides of houses in the area were hit the hardest, with windows busted and siding destroyed. The Schemms only have two west-side windows, so they didn’t have as much personal loss as some of their neighbors, but, on the positive side, Lisa says she’s been wanting new siding on the house for a while.
“It wiped everybody’s west side windows and siding out. Windshields were knocked out of vehicles, and of course, wheat fields,” she said.
Hail damage near David and Lisa Schemm’s house, south of Sharon Springs, Kansas
This devastation follows a hard year, where Kansas wheat has suffered from drought. Many areas of the state have received less than an inch, up to only a couple inches of moisture since early October. Abandonment of acres has been more common than average, and only 7.8 million acres were planted last fall, which is the third lowest planted acres since 1913, up only slightly since last year.
To view photos and watch a video of damage, visit www.kswheat.com/hail.