Record Lentil Plantings



WASHINGTON - Jun 30/17 - SNS -- Farmers in the United Ststes planted a record 1.02 million acres of lentils this year, up 9% from 2016, according to the USDA's seeded area estimates for 2017.

Area forecasted to be harvested, at 986,000 acres, is also up 9% from the 2016 season. Compared with last year, area planted is up in Montana but down in Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington. Montana's planted area is up 19% from 2016, and is a record high.

Lentil Area Planted and Harvested - States and United States: 2016 and 2017
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                :         Area planted          :        Area harvested
      State     :---------------------------------------------------------------
                :     2016      :     2017      :     2016      :    2017 1/
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                :                          1,000 acres
                :
Idaho ..........:      38.0             35.0           37.0            34.0
Montana ........:     520.0            620.0          505.0           600.0
North Dakota ...:     305.0            300.0          297.0           293.0
Washington .....:      70.0             60.0           69.0            59.0
                :
United States ..:     933.0          1,015.0          908.0           986.0
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1/ Forecasted.