How to Plant Wheat in Kansas

Overview

The state of Kansas produces more wheat than any other state in the United States. Known as the breadbasket, Kansas has quality topsoil and ideal climate conditions for wheat production. The average bushel of wheat yields approximately 1 million separate kernels of wheat grain. These kernels supply the main ingredient in breads, cereals and other products intended for human consumption. A small plot, measuring 10 feet by 10 feet, produces approximately enough grain to make 10 to 25 bread loaves. If you live in Kansas, take advantage of the conditions and plant some wheat in your own yard to enjoy a healthful harvest.

Step 1

Determine the health of your existing soil by performing a soil test. Follow the instructions included on the kit to gather your sample and mail it to the laboratory. The proper pH level for winter wheat falls between 5.4 and 5.8. The results of your test will recommend certain types of soil conditioners and additives to increase the health of your soil and adjust the pH level. Purchase any recommended soil amendments to add to your soil.

Step 2

Prepare your soil for a Kansas winter wheat crop near the end of September. Although Kansas experiences numerous frosts and hard freezes throughout the cold winter months, winter wheat flourishes in this state. Till the soil to loosen large clods and break up existing vegetation. Remove the weeds and vegetation from your soil. Rake the surface of the soil to provide a smooth bed for planting your wheat kernels.

Step 3

Obtain your wheat kernels from a local farm supply store or one of the numerous granaries throughout the state of Kansas. If you experience difficulty obtaining the small amount of kernels necessary for a tiny plot, contact nearby farmers. Since many of them plant winter wheat during this time, they usually have an abundance of kernels and may sell a small amount to you. Purchase about 3 ounces for a 100-square-foot area.

Step 4

Sprinkle your wheat kernels over your prepared soil. Sprinkle evenly to encourage even growth. Rake the planted area with a sturdy garden rake to cover your seeds with a fine layer of topsoil. Winter wheat in Kansas seldom requires supplemental watering. Allow the rain and snow to germinate the wheat kernels.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil test
  • Soil amendments
  • Garden tiller
  • Rake
  • Wheat kernels

References

  • Bread Info: Planting Wheat in Your Own Back Yard
  • Kansas Wheat: Grains of Truth
  • Southern States: Cultivating Winter Wheat
  • Kansas Wheat: Planting Through Harvest
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