Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station)


From July 1, 1942, to June 30, 1943, about 315 million bushels of wheat were fed to livestock in the United States. For the following year (1943-44) it is estimated that 370 million bushels of domestic wheat will be fed, plus 100 million bushels of imported wheat. This is primarily a war phenomenon. In ordinary times, about a quarter of the wheat crop used to be exported. During the 1930's, however, exports of wheat declined, and the quantities of wheat fed to livestock increased.

After the war and the immediate postwar period, will United States wheat exports return to their 1920-30 levels, or will less wheat be exported and more fed? Will wheat become more and more a competitor with corn as a feed for livestock?

The answer depends chiefly upon the price, subsidy and production policies that are adopted for wheat.



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