We’re in the middle of wheat harvest in Indiana and Ohio. We don’t market as much wheat in our territory as we do corn and soybeans, but it is still an important part of our cooperative business.
Grain marketed by Harvest Land in fiscal year 2018, in bushels:
This Friday, we present you with eight fast facts about wheat:
- More than 17,000 years ago, humans gathered the seeds of plants and ate them. After rubbing off the husks, early people simply chewed the kernels raw, parched or simmered.
- Wheat originated in the “cradle of civilization” in the Tigris and Euphrates river valley, near what is now Iraq.
- A bushel of wheat yields 42 one-and-a-half pound commercial loaves of white bread OR about 90 one-pound loaves of whole wheat bread.
- A bushel of wheat makes about forty-five 24-ounce boxes of wheat flake cereal.
- If you eat pasta three times a week, it would take 70 weeks to eat all the pasta made from one bushel of durum.
- More types of foods are made with wheat than with any other cereal grain.
- Wheat is not only used for food but it also a vital ingredient in paper, hair conditioner, charcoal and medical swabs.
- Globally, wheat is the leading source of vegetal protein in human food.
As you see the combines rolling while cutting wheat this week and next, keep in mind all the grain offers the American population and beyond!