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Wheat Harvest in Nebraska

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Hi! My name is Paula Peterson and my husband and I farm outside of Waverly, Nebraska.

We started wheat harvest last weekend and I wanted to share some photos.

 

Here is a close-up photo of our wheat.

We raise 160 acres of wheat, and about one acre is similar in size to a football field.

This photo is our combine at work to harvest the wheat.

Wheat is an important crop in Nebraska, with farmers producing more than 74 million bushels each year.

Here we are unloading the wheat from the combine to a grain truck. This wheat will then be taken to a storage silo, or a grain elevator.

Did you know that, according to wheatfoods.org , more foods are made with wheat than any other cereal grain?!

Nutrition is a new, ever-changing science. Continual research increases our knowledge about what nutrients in what amounts are needed to maintain the human body and help keep it disease-free.

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have created the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” The new guidelines continue to emphasize balance, moderation and variety in food choices, with special emphasis on whole-grain products, low fat dairy, vegetables and fruits.

For grains like wheat, they recommend to make half of your grains whole. Eat at least 3 ounces of whole-grain cereals, bread, crackers, rice, or pasta every day. One ounce is about 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of dry breakfast cereal, or ½ cup of cooked rice, pasta or cereal.

And a  lot that that whole grain is grown here in Nebraska!



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