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Welcome to the Idaho Wheat Commission

Idaho is one of the few places in the world where buyers can find several different classes of wheat in one place.  Wheat class is determined by kernel hardness and color, and by its planting time.  Each class of wheat has its own characteristics related to milling, baking and agronomic needs.

Soft White Wheat (winter and spring): pastries, pancakes, cakes, cookies, crackers, flat breads, snack foods and cereals.
Hard Red Wheat (winter and spring): yeast breads, hard rolls and bagels, Asian noodles, flat breads.
Hard White Wheat (winter and spring): blended flours, Asian noodles, steam breads, domestic foods made with whole wheat.
Durum: pasta

Idaho wheat production is usually about 100 million bushels/year.  Wheat production plays an important role in Idaho’s economy.  Wheat production creates jobs and income, not only in the production process, but also in transportation, storage, milling and input supply industries.  The value of wheat production is close to $500 million and  contributes over 8,500 jobs.


Why You Can’t Blend it Video
Blending sprout damaged wheat isn’t like blending wheat with different protein levels.  Millers know that blending protein is a one-to-one relation meaning that a blend of 12 percent and 13 percent protein 50-50 will result in a batch of 12.5 percent protein.

“It’s not one-to-one with sprout damaged wheat,” explained Reuben McLean, Manager of quality for Grain Craft’s Blackfoot mill.  “If you blend a 30 falling number test with a 200 number wheat 50-50, you may end up with anything from 150-300. 


Click on the link to view the video:https://vimeo.com/131819077
















Thursday, October 1, 2015
Taking a Look at Price Spreads from Farm to Consumer
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Winter Wheat Production in Northwest Region Down 2 Percent from Last Year

Idaho planted 750,000 acres of winter wheat in 2015, down 30,000 acres from 2014. Harvested area, at 700,000 acres, is down 30,000 acres from 2014. Winter wheat production in Idaho is 57.4 million bushels, down 2 percent from last year.

Idaho planted 440,000 acres of spring wheat in 2015, down 40,000 acres from 2014. Harvested area, at 425,000 acres, is down 30,000 acres from 2014. Spring wheat production in Idaho is 29.8 million bushels, down 14 percent from last year.