Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
Food & Farming

Wheat once 'king' of regions crops

Read More About It

"Great-Grandma Tells of Threshing Day" by Verda Cross

"Wheat" by Elaine Landan

"A History of Agriculture in Wisconsin" by Joseph Schafer



Interesting Fact:

The farmer in the 1850's would plant the wheat by scattering the seeds by hand as he walked the fields.

Study Questions:

  • When did wheat decline in Wisconsin? What were the reasons for this?
  • What were the peak years for wheat production in Wisconsin? How many bushels were produced during the peak years?
  • How much wheat does Wisconsin produce today?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on August 22:

    1902: Teddy Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to ride in an automobile.

  • August 22

    Historical Highlight

    1850s: Wheat farming reached its full flowering during the decade of the 1850s, helping to convert Wisconsin from a frontier state to an agricultural one. In 1849, Wisconsin produced 4 million bushels of wheat, compared to 27 million in 1860.

    Wisconsin History Day By Day homepage
    January - December calendar page