Wheat harvest is just finishing up across the nation, so we thought we’d share some interesting facts about wheat!
Farmers on 160,817 farms in the United States grow about 2.27 billion bushels of wheat (100 million bushels are grown right here in Idaho!).
Around 10% of the world’s wheat comes from the United States, with 2/3 of our nation’s wheat grown in the Midwestern states.
Around 975 million bushels of wheat are sent out across the world, with the majority going to sub-Saharan Africa, Japan, Mexico, and the Philippines.
One bushel of wheat weighs approximately 60 pounds, and contains about 1 million kernels.
A single bushel of wheat will make 73 loaves of bread, or 53 boxes of cereal or 72 pounds of tortillas.
Wheat is classified by time of year planted, hardness, and color (like Hard Red Winter Wheat or Soft White Spring Wheat). The characteristics of each class of wheat affect milling and baking when used in food products.
Of the wheat consumed in the United States, over 70% is used for food products, 22% is used for animal feed and residuals, and the remainder is used for seed.
Wheat is one of the most important crops worldwide, and is grown on more land area than any other crop. About 1/3 of the world’s population depends on wheat for their nourishment.
There you have it, some interesting facts about an ancient crop that, more than ever, is still hugely important to each of us today.
I’ll bet you’re all wanting to try out that bread recipe! Go get yourself some flour, say a thanks to the farmers who grew it, and enjoy a fresh loaf of bread!