Sunday, October 11, 2009


Wheat has been mans staff of life.

From Wiki:

"Wheat (Triticum spp.)[1] is a worldwide cultivated grass from the Fertile Crescent region of the Near East. In 2007 world production of wheat was 607 million tons, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize (784 million tons) and rice (651 million tons).[2] Wheat grain is a staple food used to make flour for leavened, flat and steamed breads; biscuits, cookies, cakes, breakfast cereal, pasta, juice, noodles, and couscous;[3] and for fermentation to make beer,[4] alcohol, vodka,[5] or biofuel.[6] Wheat is planted to a limited extent as a forage crop for livestock, and the straw can be used as fodder for livestock or as a construction material for roofing thatch.[7][8]

Although wheat supplies much of the world's dietary protein and food supply, as many as one in every 100 to 200 people has Celiac disease, a condition which results from an immune system response to a protein found in wheat: gluten (based on figures for the United States).[

I planned on a big wheat crop for next year but I can't get it planted. The ground is saturated and I don't see how I can get it planted in this record year of weather. Rain all summer, record cool July here.

The world has a glut of wheat in storage now so the price is low but I really wanted to plant wheat, protect rolling hills from erosion and "compost" the straw to build the soil for future years.

So now we go to plan B, preventive planting with Crop Insurance.

I think most of the soft red winter wheat region is in the same boat. Literally, it is almost a boat as it is that wet through the belt.

We are all focusing on harvesting what we already have in the fields, corn and soybeans. Practically no corn has been harvested and not many soybeans.

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