MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — As harvest of U.S. crops approaches, Kansas State University’s (KSU) International Grains Program (IGP) faculty are offering a series of webinars to update IGP alumni and global buyers of U.S. grains and oilseeds on the state of the U.S. market and harvest.

The first of these monthly webinars will be 10 a.m. CDT on June 22. This webinar will focus on the U.S. hard winter wheat harvest.

According to IGP Associate Director Mark Fowler, “We’re doing these seminars as a way to keep in touch with our IGP alumni to promote preference for U.S. grain and oilseeds.”

Each webinar will include two or three, 15 minute presentations. The presentations will be followed by a 15 minute question and answer session with IGP faculty. The presentations will cover issues such as crop development, harvest progress, transportation issues and other market influences.

The first webinar will feature a presentation by Fowler on the quality of the hard winter wheat harvest and an update by IGP’s Senior Agricultural Economist Jay O’Neil on the state of the supply and demand of the market, focusing on the U.S. supply of hard winter wheat.

O’Neil said that the topics of this series will be especially interesting and helpful to grain buyers.

“Harvest conditions and progress are of particular interest to buyers because they directly impact crop quality and prices,” he said.

There is no fee to participate in this webinar series. While webinars will be broadcast live at the scheduled time, archives of recorded webinars will be available on the IGP website after the broadcast. For more information or to register, visit IGP’s