By Gary Rich
Here is Agriculture 101. I will tell you something about wheat.
There are two types of wheat. You have hard and soft wheat. Hard is considered winter wheat, whereas the soft is considered spring wheat. Winter wheat is planted in August or September. It is harvested the next summer. Spring wheat is planted in the spring, and it is harvested in August or September.
There are different types of winter and spring wheat. Some will produce better yields under normal growing conditions.
Our Colorado wheat fields that were just harvested will not be planted again until August 2013. Farmers leave the field idle for a year. This is done to keep the moisture in the ground, and to preserve some of the minerals for growing. Here in Colorado, it is called dry farming. When they get ready to plant, they will plant the wheat into the ground, without breaking it up.
Where I was reared, in Kansas, it was wet farming. We had enough moisture, between the rain and snow. Farmers would use a plow, and plow under the last crop remains, then go back over the field with a harrow, leveling out the ground. Then they would come in with a planter and put the seeds into the ground.
In Colorado, we cannot do this, as we do not have the moisture.
Basically, the states that produce hard wheat are Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, western Nebraska, and South Dakota. States that produce soft wheat are North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
Those are just a few basic things about wheat.
- Wheat Fields Before and After Harvest (agricultureproud.com)
- Budd Gauger recalls delivering grain to the Wauneta elevator (ourgrandfathersgrainelevators.com)