6 Types of Wheat and What They’re Used For

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U.S. farmers grow six classes of wheat that the industry designates by color, hardness and growing season. Each class offers characteristics desired for almost every possible wheat end product.

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Soft Red Winter Wheat


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Indiana farmers, along with other farmers in the eastern Midwest, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, grow soft red winter wheat. It is used for confectionery products such as cakes, cookies and crackers, and as a blending ingredient for baguettes and other bread products.

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