Wheat: Simple Yet Important

If you drive through the open fields of Montana, there are two things you will see for most of your time. The first is the bright blue sky and the second are the acres of wheat being grown. Wheat is a type of grass that is grown to collect its seeds. These seeds are then crushed down into a powder to be used mostly for flower. Wheat is not just one species, however. Wheat is grown throughout the world and there are 20 types of wheat grown from 7 different species. Each one of these species has grown to have different textures and components of its seeds. Some wheat is for bread like the common wheat plant.

Wheat is also one of the oldest cultivated grow known to man-kind. It was first discovered and farmed around 7500 BC because of its ability to grow in diverse climates as well as its production of food. An acre of land can feed 9,000 people for a single day. Wheat may be a simple and boring plant but, it is the foundation of crops and our knowledge of agriculture.