Wheat First Planted in 1777 as Hobby Crop

Clock Image
1 Minute Read
Posted by Karyn Moyer
First Planted in 1777

Wheat originated in the Tigris and Euphrates river valley near what is now known as Iraq. It was first planted in the United States in 1777 as a hobby crop. The crop is now grown in 42 states in the United States and is the primary grain used in U.S. grain products.

One acre of the grain yields an average of around 40 bushels of wheat. In 2008 and 2009, U.S. farmers grew nearly 2.4 billion bushels of wheat on 63 million acres of land. One bushel contains approximately one million individual kernels and weighs about 60 pounds.

In 2008, Kansas was the largest producer of the crop in the United States. Kansas is number one in flour milling and produces enough wheat each year to bake 36 billion loaves of bread. An acre of the grain from Kansas produces enough bread to feed nearly 9,000 people for one day.

Want more Agriculture Facts? Click here

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get your weekly dose of Ag Facts

Sign Up for Our Email Newsletter and get ag facts bi-monthly, plus new jobs in agriculture

Sources:
National Association of Wheat Growers

How much do you know about the primary grain crop in America?
Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Client Success & Marketing Manager at AgHires. Karyn enjoys learning and discovering new ways to help job seekers and clients to reach their goals. AgHires helps agricultural and food production companies find the employees they need to run a successful business.