Quality & Production

Montana ranks first nationally in the production of certified organic wheat, third in all wheat production, and second in barley.

Montana's hot summers and cold winters, along with low humidity, help keep pests and disease to a minimum, and allow for easy on-farm storage opportunities. The state is also unique in its ability to grow five different classes of wheat: hard red winter, hard red spring, hard white, soft white and durum. Montana's barley is mainly grown for malt, but some food and feed as well.  Maltsters around the world appreciate the excellent quality of the state's two row barley.

The Wheat and Barley Committee helps foreign buyers source and utilize the grain they need. In cooperation with the Montana State University Cereal Quality Laboratory, the Wheat Marketing Center, Northern Crops Institute, and Plains Grains Inc., the Committee demonstrates the unique quality and advantages of Montana's grains to international markets. 

Use the tabs below to view and download Montana grain quality and production reports (PDF format). For up-to-date crop information, refer to the weekly Montana Crop Progress Bulletin from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop Quality

Hard Red Spring Wheat Crop Quality

Durum Crop Quality

Barley Quality Report

Winter wheat in Liberty County, Montana.