Tom Farney cuts a test from a wheat field on Farney Farms near Hazelton, Kan., Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The test cut is taken to the local coop to check the moisture content. When the wheat is dry enough, harvest begins. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Wisconsin will produce its largest wheat harvest in state history this year. That's according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, which says Wisconsin will produce 23 million bushels of wheat, up 22 percent from last year.
Statistician Doug Bounds of the Wisconsin Field Office in Madison says Wisconsin hasn't traditionally been a big wheat-growing state but high prices have encouraged farmers to plant more wheat in recent years.
Wisconsin farmers planted 373,000 acres of wheat this year, the largest number since 1919. NASS says 357,000 acres will be harvested, and most of that will be winter wheat, which is planted in the fall rather than the spring.Bounds says Wisconsin ranks about 24th in the nation in total wheat production.