Smaller U.S. Millet Harvest

PANAMA - Jan 13/17 - SNS -- Lower averaqe yields reduced this year's white proso millet seed harvest in the United States, though output remains abobve the previous five-year average.

The USDA says production dropped 11% to almost 319,000 metric tons (MT), compared to the recent average of 296,191. However, if the 2012 crop failure is excluded, production is down 21,000 MT from the normal year average of 339,000 MT.

Commenting on the 2016 crop, the USDA said, "Area planted to proso millet in the United States is estimated at 443,000 acres, down 2,000 acres from 2015. Area harvested in the United States, at 413,000 acres, is down 5,000 acres from 2015. The average yield for 2016 is estimated at 30.4 bushels per acre, down 3.5 bushels from the previous year. Record yields are estimated for 2016 in Nebraska and South Dakota."