We are tied to Mother Nature out here. When it's rainy, it means good news for all plants, livestock, and wildlife. When it's dry, we work the fields and keep a watchful eye on the clouds.
According to Kansas Agricultural Statistics, Kansas farmers produce more wheat than any other state in the nation, earning us the nicknames, "Wheat State" and the "Breadbasket of the World."
Out here, wheat rules. It has been that way since the first European settlers brought with them crops from their home countries. In the 1870's, 5,000 Mennonites settled in Kansas from Russia, bringing with them Red Turkey winter wheat since its kernel was high in protein - and compared with other varieties, it was more drought tolerant and disease resistant. Wheat flourished on the plains and nearly 150 years later, winter wheat still thrives in Kansas.
Besides wheat, Central Kansas is rich in farming diversity. Several farms and operations in the area welcome visitors stopping by to purchase their products or go on a tour. Just a few of the things you can see and do while touring the area:
- Pick your own apples at Cain City Orchard
- Chop down your own Christmas Tree at Delps Tree Farm
- Feed the alpacas at Heartland Farm
- Take home a bag of Hudson Cream Flour
- Tour Rosewood Ranch while test tasting signature wines
Grab the brochure at the CVB office or download it from our Download Center for more information.