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2018 Kansas and North Dakota Wheat Crop Tour

This year OMIC Portland Branch staff joined both the 2018 HRW Crop Tour in Kansas as well as the 2018 Spring Wheat & Durum Crop Tour in North Dakota.

In Kansas, on the HRW Crop Tour, which took place between April 30 – May 3rd, scouts saw some fields affected by low moisture just at the crop was entering it’s heaviest water use period. Below normal rainfall coupled with colder temperatures had left the crop way behind in development.

As for the SW & Durum Crop Tour in North Dakota from July 23 – 26, tour participants saw below-average yield potential in this year’s crop, which is strikingly different from a government forecast for a record-tying yield. Spring wheat is prized by millers and bakers for its high protein content, and wheat experts were cautiously optimistic about the current crop’s protein potential. Scouts reported seeing some fields affected by Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) otherwise known as scab. FHB, caused by the fungal plant pathogen Fusarium graminearum (Gibberella zeae), is a devastating disease of wheat and barley. Diseased spikelets exhibit symptoms of premature bleaching shortly after infection. The fungus produces a mycotoxin known as deoxynivalenol that poses a significant threat to the health of domestic animals and humans. Disease forecasting models may help to optimize FHB management by targeting fungicide and biocontrol applications. So as FSB was present in some fields, tour participants also mentioned that they saw a lot of spraying for it; and never felt that more than a handful of fields had a serious scab problem.

For more information you can click on below related news links some of which were written by print reporters who actually joined the tours.

Crop tour sees below-average U.S. spring wheat yield prospects

Wheat Quality Council tour results indicate no ‘big whopper’ in area wheat

For more information regarding crop tours and wheat harvest conditions, you can visit WQC web page at

Written by cradut

July 30th, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Ships pile up on the river / Cargo slow to arrive

January 26, 2017

The unusually brutal 2017 winter weather has caused havoc for people on the roads as well as ship traffic. We’ve seen schools and businesses close as a result of hazardous road conditions. We’ve also had to deal with inspection cancellations, and high congestion on the Columbia River. Ships battle the harsh winter seas to get to the entrance of the river and then forced to start drifting outside for days, while agents frantically work to find an anchorage spot. Meanwhile vessels that make it in end up laying idle for weeks because terminals are not receiving cargo due to trains and trucks inability to move because of heavy snow and freezing conditions. There are reports of rail tracks covered in high snow with instances of rail cars actually being buried halfway in deep snow. The waiting time for vessels on the river this winter has been as much as 30 days with some ships having to wait even longer. Adding insult to injury the Columbia Snake River System (CSRS) has scheduled closures for extended maintenance this year through March 20, 2017 during which time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make essential renovations to all the navigation locks on the Columbia River and the Snake River. No barge traffic will be able to pass during this time.

Some news links below further explain the situation with some information of the NW grain market

Mother Nature Unkind to Grain Shippers, End Users, Exporters

Storms slow delivery of goods, ships stacked up on Columbia River

Columbia River Snake River System

Northwest grain market summary

Written by cradut

January 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Japan to Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Written by cradut

November 5th, 2015 at 6:24 pm

The Trans Pacific Partnership has been under wraps for years. The clock starts now on ratification.

As per the Washington Post, you can now read the text of a major Trans-Pacific trade deal. Read this explainer about the TPP first.

From the Washington Post website:
The Trans Pacific Partnership has been under wraps for years. The clock starts now on ratification.

Written by cradut

November 5th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Vomitoxin in Wheat – 2015

If you have been dealing with DNS wheat this year chances are that you are aware of the Vomitoxin (DON) problems that have plagued growers, export terminals and shippers alike. This has been a frustrating issue because you cannot just blend your higher DON cargo with that of lesser DON and call it good, the problem is a little more complex.

There are some recent articles about this that you can click on to find out more information about this.

From KXN News – Minot ND



Written by cradut

October 4th, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Japanese Trade Team in USA

Written by cradut

September 22nd, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Recall of Limited Number of Salads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2012 – Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 2,598 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled is Dole Hearts of Romaine coded 0540N165112A or B, with Use-by date of June 26 and UPC 7143000956 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.  No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The product code and Use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in nine U.S. states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia).

No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This precautionary recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the FDA.

No other salads are included in the recall. Only the specific Product Codes, UPC codes and June 26, 2012 Use-by date identified above are included in the recall. Consumers who have any remaining product with these Product Codes should not consume it, but rather discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions may call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PT) Monday – Friday.

Although the product is 3 days past its Use-by date and it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is not in the stream of commerce.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.

Source: USFDA

Written by systech.usa

July 6th, 2012 at 10:58 am

Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Pedigree® Brand Wet Dog Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -June 30, 2012 – Today, Mars Petcare US announced a voluntary recall of a limited range of three varieties of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk.

Affected product may contain small pieces of blue plastic, which entered the food during the production process. The source of the plastic has been identified and the issue resolved. We encourage consumers who have purchased affected product to discard the food or return it to the retailer for a full refund or exchange. While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product. The lot codes indicated below should not be sold or consumed.

Affected product was distributed to retail customers throughout the United States. Mars Petcare US is working with all of our distributors and retail customers to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold and are removed from inventory.

Recalled Pet Food

Only cans of PEDIGREE® weight management canned dog food varieties with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall.  Each product will have a lot code printed on the end of the can that begins with 209, 210, 211 or 212 and a Best Before date that falls between 2/24/2014 and 3/23/2014.

2310034974 PEDIGREE +® Healthy Weight Premium Ground Entrée in Meaty Juices
2310001913 PEDIGREE® Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Beef & Liver Dinner in Meaty Juices
2310023045 PEDIGREE®  Weight Management Meaty Ground Dinner Chicken & Rice Dinner in Meaty Juices


No other PEDIGREE® products are affected, including any other variety of wet food, dry dog food, or dog treats.

At Mars Petcare US, we take our responsibility to pets and their owners seriously.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this recall. Pet owners who have questions about the recall should call 1-877-720-3335 or visit .

Source: USFDA

Written by systech.usa

July 6th, 2012 at 10:54 am

Voluntary Recall of LabDiet® and Mazuri® Feed Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 3, 2012 – PMI Nutrition International has initiated a voluntary recall of four varieties of the LabDiet® and Mazuri® feed products listed below, due to the potential for an elevated vitamin D level in these products. Elevated vitamin D levels can be harmful to animals if fed for extended periods.

These products were manufactured at the Richmond, IN feed plant and were distributed throughout the U.S. and to a few international customers. Dealers have been contacted and asked to hold these products and to notify and retrieve the product from customers. The affected product should not be used, and where applicable, be returned to the retail dealer.

Formula No. Item No. Description Lot No.
5025 0001330 Guinea Pig Diet 50# APR17122
56A6 0001452 Mazuri® Small Bird Maintenance 25# APR15123
5MA2 0040996 Mazuri® Primate Maintenance Biscuit 25# APR22122
5MD9 0011482 Mazuri® Maned Wolf Diet 33# APR21122


Lot numbers are laser printed on the back of each bag, near the top. Lot numbers are formatted as follows: APR= Month / 17=Day of Month / 12 =Year / 2 =Plant Code.

The recall was initiated after receiving a small number of customer complaints, which involved animal illness and small bird mortality.

Customers who purchased the product will receive a full refund. For more information on the product recall, contact your local dealer or Customer Service (1-855-863-0421, x 224) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (EDT), Monday through Friday.

Source: USFDA

Written by systech.usa

July 6th, 2012 at 10:49 am

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BI-LO Issues Class II Recall On Southern Home Brand Bacon Ranch Salad Mix & Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2012 – Today BI-LO announced an immediate Class II voluntary recall of two store brand products, the Southern Home® Bacon Ranch Salad Mix and the Southern Home® Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix. According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the reason for the recall is the potential for the product to contain small metal fragments. Out of an abundance of caution for customers, BI-LO is immediately recalling the Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix and Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix from shelves in all stores, including those in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee:

Recalled Item UPC Size Sell-By Dates
Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix 0788002891 7.5 oz. May 17, 2013
Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix 0788002891 7.5 oz. May 18, 2013
Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix 0788002892 6.2 oz. April 20, 2013
Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix 0788002892 6.2 oz May 21, 2013


BI-LO has received no reports of any issues associated with Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix or Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix consumption.

“We encourage consumers in possession of any of the recalled items to immediately discard the product or bring it back to their local BI-LO,” said Allen Reavis, BI-LO’s vice president of grocery. “As part of the company’s Satisfaction Guarantee, customers who have purchased the product may visit their neighborhood store to request a full refund.”

To receive the refund, individuals must present proof of purchase through a receipt or the product packaging label.

Any questions about the recalled products may be answered through BI-LO’s consumer relations number, which is 1-800-862-9293.

BI-LO is recalling 7.5 oz Southern Home Bacon Ranch Salad Mix and 6.2 oz. Southern Home Creamy Parmesan Salad Mix.

Written by systech.usa

July 6th, 2012 at 10:46 am