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Top wheat producing U.S. states in 2012 and 2013 (in 1,000 bushels)

 20122013
Kansas 378,000 319,200
North Dakota 339,210 273,750
Montana 195,590 203,070
Washington 146,350 144,240
Oklahoma 154,800 105,400
Idaho 98,006 101,872
South Dakota 102,435 77,558
Minnesota 76,705 67,281
Texas 96,000 65,250
Missouri 39,330 56,000
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This statistic shows the states with the highest wheat production in the United States in 2012 and 2013. North Dakota was ranked as second leading wheat production state with about 339 million bushels produced in 2012.


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 Kansas, North Dakota and Montana were the leading wheat producing states among the United States.

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