“When I went to order my wheat seed, all I could get was soft wheat because everybody had snatched up the hard wheat seed.”
“The commodity prices this last year have gotten more people into looking at wheat as a rotational crop with their corn and cotton.”
Jimmy Killebrew plants some wheat every year in the Brazos bottom.
“I like to plant different varieties in case, some years hard wheat might do better than soft wheat; on average the soft wheat out yields the hard wheat by 10% usually, yet you usually get more money for your hard wheat.”
Hard wheat is used to make bread. Soft wheat is used to make cookies, cakes, and pastries.
“From what I understand, if you were to use soft wheat to make bread it’d look more like Swiss cheese, so I guess when they mill it it’s got to have a certain consistency.”
“It’s kind of like the guy told me, it’s like a raisin and a grape. They’re both the same thing, but they’re a little different. One is used for one thing, and one’s used for something else.”
Dr. Gaylon Morgan with Texas Agri-life Extension says there are advantages to planting wheat here.
“It kind of separates the producers’ work load. It’s a cool season crop, and their corn and cotton is obviously a warm season crop, so they have different, kind of spreads out their work load.”
“This is traditionally corn and cotton country. I’ve always planted some wheat just because I like to have a cash flow in the summer, but this year the price of the wheat was much more attractive than it’s normally been because of production shortages in South America.”