Wheat is grown on more acres than any other crop around the world. There is a wheat harvest happening somewhere in the world every month. Having said all of that If I asked you, “Why do you grow wheat,” do you know what your answer would be?
Some people want you to believe that farmer’s grow wheat because they are feeding the world. I think that is much to deep for the most of us when trying to plot a crop plan. How often do you say to yourself….. I am going to increase my wheat acres because I want to feed more people.” In my opinion the “feeding the world” notion is more of the agricultural industry trying to justify its existence in the US with ethanol subsidies or the battle versus urban ignorance to agriculture. The notion of feeding the world is the results but I really don’t think farmers consider this as much as some people would like you to believe.
I believe that farmers grow wheat because it is a great rotational crop that is adaptive to many different climates, is very close to end use staples like bread and flour and also makes farmers more money than some other cropping options.
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