Montana is unique in its ability to grow three different classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, and durum.
Montana ranks third among the states in total wheat production. Approximately 80% of the Montana wheat crop is exported out of the country to buyers all over the world.
Existing and potential buyers and processors can rely on the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee to provide valuable information and services on behalf of the state's wheat producers. Meet Montana wheat and barley producers, find export and transportation information, learn about trade missions, and more.
The Wheat and Barley Committee supports varietal analysis surveys and research used to strengthen varietal development programs and meet customer's needs. In partnership with Montana State University, we also offer an online Variety Selection Tool for producers, as well as performance summaries and recommendations.
Montana ranks first nationally in the production of certified organic wheat and third in the production of all wheat and barley. The state is unique in its ability to grow three different classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, and durum. Montana's two row barley is also valued by maltsters around the world for its excellent quality.
Approximately 80% of the Montana wheat crop is exported out of the country to buyers all over the world, with the largest markets in Asia. The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee works with exporters, grain traders, mills, containerized exporters, and small volume suppliers to meet the needs of importers and other customers around the world.
Montana produces more certified organic wheat than any other state, and ranks second in total organic grain production. The Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program provides certification services and facilitates the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana.
As more and more attention is focused on sustainability from Main Street to Wall Street, wheat and barley producers are ready to answer the call and do their part. The inherent nature of wheat and barley makes them ideal crops for many farmers throughout Montana because they require little moisture and chemical inputs compared with competing crops.