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It's Been a Good Year For Wheat Producers, Says Darren Padget, U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman

Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:33:14 CST

It's Been a Good Year For Wheat Producers, Says Darren Padget, U.S. Wheat Associates Chairman The U.S. wheat industry has had a good year said Darren Padget, Grass Valley, Ore., and Chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates.

Padget was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.

Trade issues are mostly positive, Padget said, as he ticked off a list of recent trade successes including China, Japan, USMCA, and Brazil.

Exports sales up 4 percent for the 2019-20 marketing year, he said, and it looks like the current marketing is not slowing down.

China has been a big buyer of U.S. hard red winter wheat this year, Padget said. He added they typically buy spring and soft wheat.

Brazil has said they will lower their tariffs so Padget said that is good news.

He hopes for a seamless transition to the new administration.

A lot of times when you go from one office to another you see similar faces and we will be just fine, Padget said.

Looking ahead, Padget said it is difficult to predict what China will do.

China will buy what they need when they need it, he said.

U.S. Wheat Associates has 13 overseas offices with veteran staff and Padget expects 2021 to be a good year despite the ongoing pandemic concerns.

That bodes well for overseas connections, Padget said.

Going virtual we have been able to reach deeper into some markets and that is a good thing, he said.

The full service in-person contacts weve always provided is starting to pick back up a little in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, he said.

Click on the listen bar below to hear more of KCs interview with Darren Padget.


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