Mint Oil Production Declines



WASHINGTON - Jan 10/14 - SNS -- Overall production of mint for oil was down in the United States in 2013, with gains in spearmint offset by lower peppermint production, according to the USDA's final production estimates for the 2013 crop.

Peppermint oil production in 2013 is estimated at 6.13 million pounds, down 7% from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 68,800 acres, down 9% from 2012. Average yield is estimated at 89 pounds of oil per acre, up 2 pounds from last year.

Spearmint oil production is estimated at 2.93 million pounds for 2013, up 22% from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 24,500 acres, up 23% from 2012. Average yield is estimated at 119 pounds of oil per acre, down 1 pound from last year.

Mint for Oil Area Harvested, Yield, and Production by Crop - States and
United States: 2011-2013
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                    :         Area harvested         :         Yield per acre
   Crop and State   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                    :   2011   :   2012   :   2013   :   2011   :   2012   :   2013
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                    :   ------- 1,000 acres ------       --------- pounds --------
                    :
Peppermint          :
California .........:    3.2        2.6        1.8        80         75         85
Idaho ..............:   16.5       16.5       15.5       100        110        100
Indiana ............:   10.5       10.0        8.5        57         51         50
Michigan ...........:    0.8        0.8        0.7        58         60         60
Oregon .............:   23.0       23.7       21.5        91         82         86
Washington .........:   16.5       18.0       17.5       104        100        110
Wisconsin ..........:    3.5        4.0        3.3        60         66         57
                    :
United States ......:   74.0       75.6       68.8        89         87         89
                    :
Spearmint           :
Idaho ..............:    0.9        0.8        1.0       120        120        125
Indiana ............:    1.9        3.2        3.6        71         70         73
Michigan ...........:    1.8        1.7        1.7        70         70         70
Oregon .............:    0.8        1.1        2.3       130        120        115
Washington .........:   11.6       12.8       15.5       155        140        138
 Native ............:    7.5        8.2        9.1       155        151        150
 Scotch ............:    4.1        4.6        6.4       156        120        120
Wisconsin ..........:    0.3        0.4        0.4        50         68         53
                    :
United States ......:   17.3       20.0       24.5       132        120        119
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                    :                           Production
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                    :        2011         :        2012         :        2013
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                    :                          1,000 pounds
                    :
Peppermint          :
California .........:          256                   195                   153
Idaho ..............:        1,650                 1,815                 1,550
Indiana ............:          599                   510                   425
Michigan ...........:           46                    48                    42
Oregon .............:        2,093                 1,943                 1,849
Washington .........:        1,716                 1,800                 1,925
Wisconsin ..........:          210                   264                   188
                    :
United States ......:        6,570                 6,575                 6,132
                    :
Spearmint           :
Idaho ..............:          108                    96                   125
Indiana ............:          135                   224                   263
Michigan ...........:          126                   119                   119
Oregon .............:          104                   132                   265
Washington .........:        1,798                 1,792                 2,133
 Native ............:        1,160                 1,242                 1,365
 Scotch ............:          638                   550                   768
Wisconsin ..........:           15                    27                    21
                    :
United States ......:        2,286                 2,390                 2,926
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