Leading wheat producing U.S. states in 2014 and 2015 (in 1,000 bushels)

This statistic shows the states with the highest wheat production in the United States in 2014 and 2015. 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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North Dakota 347,068 370,023
Kansas 246,400 321,900
Montana 209,470 185,415
Washington 108,460 111,540
Texas 67,500 106,500
South Dakota 131,260 103,406
Oklahoma 47,600 98,800
Minnesota 66,468 88,294
Idaho 93,717 87,850
Colorado 89,812 79,635
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