America’s wheat farmers harvest over 45 million acres of wheat each year and the National Wheat Foundation is proud to sponsor a photo contest that celebrates and showcases wheat farmers across the country.
The pictures entered share the story of America’s wheat farmers.
Wheat harvest season spans North and West reaching 42 states. In the U.S., harvest season runs from June to September depending on location and wheat variety. Farmers wait until the crop is completely dried out and the wheat ears have turned a beautiful golden brown.
Farmers use a combine to harvest the wheat kernels. The machine cuts the wheat heads and shakes the wheat to separate the kernels from the head. One acre of harvested wheat yields an average of 37 bushels. To put that in perspective, one acre can yield over 1,500 loaves of bread!
After the wheat is harvested, the crop is sold to millers and bakers that turn the wheat into the wheat products we enjoy on a daily basis. But, a farmer’s job is never done. They continue to tend the fields and prepare the land for the next planting season, which is only a few months away.
Join us in thanking America’s wheat farmers for their hard work and dedication. Enter your best wheat harvest 2015 picture in our photo contest. Email email@example.com by August 28, 2015 and you could win an iPad.