Eastern Washington is home to some of the best wheat quality grown in the world. Most wheat grown in Washington is winter wheat which is planted in the fall. Spring wheat, which is planted in the early spring,
Both winter and spring wheat are harvested starting in July and through September, depending on where it is grown in the state.
In 2016, Washington wheat growers harvested 2.2 million acres of wheat which had an average yield of 71.5 bushels per acre. Total wheat production for 2016 was 157,290 million bushels.
Washington State is ranked fifth in the nation’s top wheat producing states. In addition, wheat ranks number five in the Washington commodities based on production value, representing nearly $600 million.
Washington is one of the nation’s leading wheat-exporting states, with 85 to 90 percent of its production exported each year. In 2015, more than 50 percent of total US wheat was exported. Wheat is one of America’s largest agricultural exports, and provides a positive contribution to the agricultural trade balance. This document showcases the 2015 Washington wheat crop and some great information about the U.S. crop and exports.