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Monday, October 22, 2012

How Much Wheat

I am not sure if you have ever been made aware of this fact but do you know how many square feet of wheat does it take to make a pound of bread?
Wiki says…
“Typical yields of wheat in the US are about 26 bushels per acre. There are about 50 pounds of wheat per bushel or 1300 pounds per acre. A pound of wheat yields about .85 pound of flour or 1105 per acre. It takes about .8 pounds of flour per pound of bread (the rest is water)giving about 1381 loaves per acre. There are 43560 square feet per acre, so it takes about 31 square feet per loaf of bread. “
Therefore you should plan your faming in your BOA accordingly. How much bread is that? 1 loaf, 1 pound (454 grams). Will one loaf do your family for a day? Multiply 365 days times 31 square feet. That is 11,315 sq feet. Roughly a quarter of an acre. Also, keep in mind that modern equipment maximizes the amout of wheat planted. Doing it by hand, you are going to be less consistent than this…

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