- Main article: Wheat
Wheat is one of the different types of Crops in Farming Simulator 17. Wheat is likely the most lucrative of the three starting crop types (Wheat, Barley, Canola) by a small margin. Wheat is simple and very fast to work, and provides free Straw.
Wheat is one of the three principal crops that the player can immediately begin to grow at game-start. In fact, one field of fully-grown wheat is already present on the map when a new game begins, and can be harvested with the player's starting harvester.
Wheat is planted using a regular Sowing Machine, on a field that has been prepared by a Cultivator or Plow. There are 3 Sowing Machines available in the base game. More advanced Wheat Sowing Machines also cultivate the soil as they sow, removing the need to pre-cultivate it.
After four growing phases (about 21 hours of in-game time, at the "Fast" growing speed setting), Wheat is ready to harvest. There are many Harvesting Headers in the game that are capable of harvesting Wheat, and most are quite wide, meaning that the work should be done rather quickly.
As with all other crops, a Wheat field can be fertilized in order to double its yield.
Harvested wheat can be stored in Tipper Trailers or offloaded into the Silo at the farm. It can be sold in a variety of locations on each map, for a variable price that depends on current market forces. Generally, wheat gives the largest cash reward per each hectare compared to the other base crops (Barley and Canola), but only by a small margin. It is also far more lucrative than Corn, but much less lucrative than the root plants (Potatos and Sugar Beets).
While harvesting Wheat, the harvester may be instructed to leave a Straw swath behind it. This is a free resource, and there is no real reason to disable Straw swathing. Straw can only be created from Wheat and Barley. It is an important resource for improving Milk yields from Cows. Since it is basically free, Straw is a good "filler" component in Total Mixed Ration (TMR), a high-yield Cow feed, but it is not strictly required in the mixture.