Bushel bonus

Each year, more than 20,000 Kansas wheat farmers take dramatic risks to grow the wheat that feeds the world. Early reports indicate a good crop this year, at least in central Kansas. If the weather holds this week local farmers—and all of us who benefit from their good fortune—should be smiling.

The test of a good harvest usually is the yield—how many bushels per acre. But what do most of us really know about a bushel of wheat? According to the Kansas Wheat Com­mission and Kansas Associ­ation of Wheat Growers, a bushel of wheat:

• contains about 1 million individual kernels;

• makes about 45 24-ounce boxes of wheat-flake cereal;

• weighs about 60 pounds;

• contains about 1 million individual kernels;

• yields about 42 pounds of white flour or about 60 pounds of whole-wheat flour;

• yields 42 commercial loaves of white bread (24-ounce loaves) or about 90 16-ounce loaves of whole-wheat bread.

Now, that should give all of us something to chew on. —DR

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