Kansas is known as The Wheat State and produces approximately 20 percent of all the wheat grown in the United State every year. Thunder Acres is located in Sumner county which routinely is the leader in wheat production. Kansas has earned the title The Wheat Capitol in the world. Wheat is our main crop at Thunder Acres. We raise hard red winter wheat, cotton, and milo.
Hard red winter wheat is planted in the fall during October. It grows a few inches in the fall before going dormant during the winter months. Wheat is planted using a drill to place
the seed in the ground. We use liquid starter fertilizer to help the wheat seed get off to a good start. Wheat planting can be a stressful time for farmers because one never knows how deep to plant or the perfect time to plant since planting differs from year to year and is very dependent on the weather.
Once the wheat is planted, it sprouts and grows in the fall until the temperatures gets below freezing then the wheat becomes dormant for the winter. Wheat breaks dormancy in early spring and ripens in early June.
Harvest begins in early June. It is the busiest time of the year as farmers race to get the grain out of the fields. Every time rain falls on ripened wheat, it loses some of its nutrients and color. This is why farmers will work long days during harvest. Wheat is harvested using a Combine (photo below). The combine separates the grain from the chaff. The grain is collected in the bin while the chaff is blown out the back of the combine. Once the combine bin is full, it unloads into a semi truck that takes the wheat to the local elevator. Once there it is shipped to its final destination weather that is a mill or exported on a barge.