Durum Wheat Number Slashed



WASHINGTON - Aug 10/17 - SNS -- Durum wheat production in the United States is forecast at 50.5 million bushels, down 12% from the July 1 forecast and down 51% from 2016, according to the latest USDA production estimate's of the season.

The United States yield is forecast at 27.2 bushels per acre, down 3.7 bushels from last month and down 16.8 bushels from last year. Expected area to be harvested for grain or seed totals 1.86 million acres, unchanged from last month but down 21% from last year.

Durum Wheat Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2016 and
Forecasted August 1, 2017
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                :    Area harvested     :        Yield per acre         :      Production
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      State     :           :           :           :       2017        :           :
                :   2016    :   2017    :   2016    :-------------------:   2016    :   2017
                :           :           :           : July 1  :August 1 :           :
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                :   -- 1,000 acres --       -------- bushels --------         1,000 bushels
                :
Arizona ........:      96          89       98.0       97.0      97.0        9,408      8,633
California .....:      47          45       86.0       88.0      88.0        4,042      3,960
Montana ........:     765         620       41.0       23.0      17.0       31,365     10,540
North Dakota ...:   1,440       1,080       40.5       27.0      24.0       58,320     25,920
                :
Other States 1/ :      17          24       57.7       61.8      61.8          981      1,482
                :
United States ..:   2,365       1,858       44.0       30.9      27.2      104,116     50,535
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1/ Other States include Idaho and South Dakota. Individual State level estimates will be
   published in the "Small Grains 2017 Summary."