Flaxseed Plantings Sink 24%



WASHINGTON - Jun 30/17 - SNS -- Area planted to flaxseed in 2017 is estimated at 283,000 acres, down 91,000 acres, or 24%, from last year, according to the USDA's seeded area estimates for 2017.

The harvested area is forecast at 277,000 acres, down 90,000 acres, or 25%, from last year. Planted acreage in North Dakota, the largest flaxseed-producing State, is down 25%, or 85,000 acres, from 2016.

Favorable field conditions allowed flaxseed planting to begin in mid-April. In North Dakota, 93% of the flaxseed acreage was planted by June 11, five percentage points behind last year but 9 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average pace.

Flaxseed 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
                :
Montana ........:       29              30              28              29
North Dakota ...:      335             250             330             245
South Dakota ...:       10               3               9               3
                :
United States ..:      374             283             367             277
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1/ Forecasted.