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© 1923, The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska on behalf of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension. All rights reserved.


Wheat is one of the most important crops of the world. In total world tonnage it ranks third, being surpassed only by corn and potatoes. In th United States the tonnage is second only to corn, but wheat is far more important than corn as a human food.

Wheat is more important as a human food than any other rain crop. It is in itself almost a balanced food, and from earliest times has played an important part in the development of civilization. With the development of modern machinery wheat can now be produced without almost no hand work. On account of the ready cash demand for wheat it has been said that "the financial system of the nation awaits the whir of the reaper."

This extension circular of 1923 discusses where wheat is grown; soils for wheat; climate; world and United States production; kinds of wheat; wheat rotations; land preparation for wheat; seeding; wheat storage; market classes and grades of wheat; and control of wheat destroying insects and diseases.