Small Grains



Small Grains is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Small Grains.

Small Grains (Crops 3)
What you can do in this project: explore types of grasses, including wheat, oats and barley; learn about growing conditions and nutrients; practice integrated pest management; compare production costs and marketing.
Grades: 3-12
Resources: 4H356, 4-H Small Grains Manual
4H440, Marketing Your 4-H Crops
4H441, Is Direct Marketing for My Project?
RS1, Record Sheet – Crops Management


Want to learn more about small grains? Try the links below.

Small Grains Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including small grains. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.


Activity Plans

Learning by doing . . . that’s been the 4-H way for 100 years! Dive into this fun activity.

  • PDF file From The Ground Up (2 pages, 48 KB) Youth observe how plants respond to gravity and sunlight.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Small Grains Projects. Just follow these links!

Cyber Space Farm: Wheat
Kansas crops site featuring wheat fun facts, photos, products, resources and links to other sites.

National Junior Horticultural Association
Promotes educational programs for youth through projects and activities that foster a better understanding of horticulture.

New Jersey Weed Gallery
Gallery of photos and descriptions of the most common weeds, including each weed’s common and Latin names.

University of Minnesota Extension Service: Farm – Small Grains
Site features dozens of links to Minnesota small grains publications, new releases, and product descriptions, including barley, soybeans, sunflower, wheat, and more.

UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Small Grains
Guide to links for several small grains-related sites. (Select “Small Grains” in left column.)

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Crop Manager
Articles and other information on small grains from the UW-Extension Agronomy Dept.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Small Grains Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Chuck Prissel