U.S. Durum Crop Sinks 45%



WASHINGTON - Jul 12/17 - SNS -- Durum wheat production is forecast at 57.5 million bushels, down 45% from 2016, according to the latest USDA crop forecast.

The United States yield is forecast at 30.9 bushels per acre, down 13.1 bushels from last year. Expected area to be harvested for grain totals 1.86 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2017, but 21% below 2016.

Crop development started off behind the normal pace but caught up and moved ahead of normal this year in Montana and North Dakota, the two largest Durum-producing States. As of July 2, 18% of the acreage in Montana and 33% of the acreage in North Dakota was rated in good to excellent condition.

Durum Wheat Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2016 and
Forecasted July 1, 2017
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                :    Area harvested     :        Yield per acre         :      Production
                :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      State     :           :           :           :       2017        :           :
                :   2016    :   2017    :   2016    :-------------------:   2016    :   2017
                :           :           :           : June 1  : July 1  :           :
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                :   -- 1,000 acres --       -------- bushels --------         1,000 bushels
                :
Arizona ........:      96          89       98.0       100.0     97.0        9,408      8,633
California .....:      47          45       86.0        88.0     88.0        4,042      3,960
Montana ........:     765         620       41.0        (NA)     23.0       31,365     14,260
North Dakota ...:   1,440       1,080       40.5        (NA)     27.0       58,320     29,160
                :
Other States 1/ :      17          24       57.7        (NA)     61.8          981      1,482
                :
United States ..:   2,365       1,858       44.0        (NA)     30.9      104,116     57,495
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Other States include Idaho and South Dakota. Individual State level estimates will be
     published in the "Small Grains 2017 Summary."