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Leading wheat producing U.S. states in 2013 and 2014 (in 1,000 bushels)

This statistic shows the states with the highest wheat production in the United States in 2013 and 2014. South Dakota was ranked as fourth leading wheat production state with about 131.26 million bushels produced in 2014.


Wheat production

Wheat is the second most important grain that is cultivated in the United States, following only corn. Wheat is a cereal crop that can be classified into five major classes. These 5 wheat classes include hard red winter, hard red spring, soft red winter, white and durum wheat. Each class has a different end-use and the cultivation tends to be region-specific. Hard red winter wheat is mainly grown in the Great Plains area ranging from Montana to Texas. This type is primarily used for the production of bread flour. Hard red spring wheat is mostly cultivated in the Northern Plains area. Their wheat ears are mainly taken for protein blending purposes. Durum wheat, which is primarily grown in North Dakota and Montana, is known for their excellent qualities for producing pasta. The wheat class everyone knows from their breakfast cereal is named white wheat.

Almost every U.S. state is involved in agricultural wheat production. The latest statistics show that North Dakota, Kansas and Montana were the leading wheat producing states among the United States.

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 20132014
North Dakota 273,343 347,068
Kansas 321,100 246,400
Montana 201,635 209,470
South Dakota 77,558 131,260
Washington 145,530 108,460
Idaho 103,592 93,717
Colorado 41,488 89,812
Nebraska 39,900 71,050
Texas 68,150 67,500
Minnesota 67,152 66,468
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