Sherman County eNews #186


  1. Box Car & Jack Knife Fires Producer Meeting, July 18

  2. Sherman County Fair Ranch Sorting Competition, Aug. 17

  3. Equine Mania, LLC Advanced Cattle Sorting Clinic, Aug. 11-12

  4. Which Wheat for What? Six Classes of U.S. Wheat.

  5. Good Friends

  6. The Death of a Spouse or Partner

  7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Box Car & Jack Knife Fires Producer Meeting, July 18

Box Car & Jack Knife Fires

Producers Meeting

July 18 from 12 to 2

Lunch will be provided.

Learn about the USDA disaster programs that are available to help alleviate the effects of the recent wildfires in Wasco and Sherman counties.

Questions? 541-565-3551 or 541-298-8559

~Wasco County Conservation District

~Sherman County Soil & Water Conservation District

~Sherman County Area Watershed Council

~North Central Livestock Association.

2. Sherman County Fair Ranch Sorting Competition, Aug. 17

cowboy.bootDon’t miss this awesome event on August 17th! The Sherman County Fair Ranch Sorting in Moro, Oregon, is a great, family friendly evening of horsey fun. Added money and prizes for the top teams! 

Classes: Open (everyone!), Pro/Novice (a team of one money winning and one beginner sorter), Family, and Draw Pot. Contact Carrie for more information: 541-980-7394.

3. Equine Mania, LLC Advanced Cattle Sorting Clinic, Aug. 11-12

Equine Mania, LLC Presents

Advanced Sorting Clinic with Kristi Siebert

August 11-12

Wheatacres Ranch near Wasco, Oregon

Dry camping and pens available.

Contact Carrie 541-980-7394. 

4. Which Wheat for What? Six Classes of U.S. Wheat 

[Editorial note: See it for yourself… the exhibit, Wheat Through the Ages, at the national-award-winning Sherman County Historical Museum in Moro, Oregon!]

You stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving pie and warm rolls in November. And the smell of Christmas cookies baking fills the air in December. You know you can count on your family’s special baked good, shared year after year, during the holiday season. But, you might not realize that each product may require a different type of flour, maybe even a different class of wheat.

American wheat farmers grow six classes of wheat. Each wheat variety fits into one of these six categories based on the growing season (winter or spring), hardness (hard or soft) and color (red or white). While munching on holiday treats this year, stump your relatives with these class differences.

Hard Red Winter (HRW)

Ninety-five percent of the wheat grown in Kansas is hard red winter (HRW). In fact, Kansas farmers grow more HRW wheat than any other state. With high protein and strong gluten, HRW wheat is ideal for yeast bread and rolls. But, this versatile class is also used in flat breads, tortillas, cereal, general purpose flour and Asian-style noodles. 

Hard White (HW)

About three percent of wheat grown by Kansas farmers is hard white (HW) wheat. This class is grown primarily under contract. HW wheat is used for whole wheat white flour, due to its naturally milder, sweeter flavor. Bakers also use HW wheat in pan breads, tortillas, flat breads and Asian-style noodles.

Soft Red Winter (SRW)

Less than 1 percent of the wheat planted by Kansas wheat farmers is soft red winter (SRW). Farmers east of the Mississippi River often double crop SRW wheat with soybeans. Soft wheats have lower protein and less gluten strength. This makes SRW ideally suited for cookies, crackers, pastries, flat breads and pretzels. SRW wheat is even used in Maker’s Mark and Twizzlers. 

Soft White (SW)

Pacific Northwest farmers grow primarily soft white (SW) wheat – both winter and spring varieties. SW wheat has two sub-classes. Club wheat has very weak gluten and western white is a blend of club and SW. SW wheat has low moisture, but high extraction rates. With a naturally whiter color, SW wheat is used for Asian-style bakery products, cakes and pastries. Fun fact, Triscuits refer to SW as the “cashmere” of wheats.

Hard Red Spring (HRS)

Northern plains farmers require a shorter season crop wheat crop. Hard red spring (HRS) wheat is planted in early spring, rather than the fall, and does not vernalize or go dormant over the winter. HRS wheat has high protein and strong gluten, perfect for artisan breads and rolls, croissants, bagels and pizza crust. Internationally, HRS is often blended with domestic wheats supplies to improve the strength of a flour blend.


Durum is the hardest of all six wheat classes, produced in two areas of the United States. The northern plains grows hard amber durum, while the desert southwest (Arizona, California) grows Desert Durum® under irrigation. With a rich amber color and high gluten content, durum wheat is used primarily for pasta, couscous and some Mediterranean breads.

5. Good Friends

Good, strong friendships can make our lives immeasurably richer.

Good friends are rare. We have hundreds, maybe thousands, of acquaintances, many associates, but few real friends. Real friends are those we freely select, and for this reason they play a special part in our lives. They provide us with joy, comfort and caring. And because our time with them is limited to relatively short periods together, friendships give us a breather from the intensity of our full-time, primary relationships.

When we have made a good friend, we have shared our deepest thoughts and feelings, and we have also developed shared respect and affection. These things can last a lifetime, surviving great distances in time and space. But, like your primary relationships, good friendships are not merely for comfort and support. They are vital threads that keep us connected to the world.

Friends lead us gently into new areas of growth by helping us see our problems and ourselves from another perspective. Good friends are always there, challenging us when they see us moving in harmful directions. It’s important to remember, though, that friendships, like any relationship, need attention and nurturing if they are to remain strong and healthy.

How are your friendships doing? Are you going the extra mile to make sure your friends know how important they are to you? ~The Pacific Institute

6. The Death of a Spouse or Partner

“The death of a spouse or partner is different than other losses, in the sense that it literally changes every single thing going forward. When your spouse dies, the way you eat changes. The way you watch TV changes. Your friend circle changes or disappears entirely. Your family dynamic/life changes or disappears entirely. Your financial status changes. Your job situation changes. It affects your self-worth. Your self-esteem. Your confidence. Your rhythms.  The way you breathe. Your mentality. Your brain function. Your physical body. Your hobbies and interests. Your sense of security. Your sense of humor. Your sense of womanhood or manhood. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. CHANGES. You are handed a new life that you never asked for and that you don’t particularly want. It is the hardest, most gut-wrenching, horrific, life-altering of things to live with.” ~Unattributed.

7. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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