Episode 214 - Wheat Harvest   addthis
The harvest in the heartland is the final act in an exciting and unpredictable play. It’s the culmination of months of planning, hard work, sweat and a few prayers.  And for wheat farmers in Washington State it can be the most important weeks of the year.  

 

 

Some Words About Wheat:
The earliest cultivation of wheat can be traced back to the Middle East about 9 thousand years ago. Columbus brought wheat across the Atlantic on his second voyage to the new world. And while colonial Americans grew wheat, it wasn’t until the late 19th century that wheat cultivation flourished in this country. That’s when Russian immigrants to Kansas introduced a new strain of hardy wheat called, "Turkey Red".

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