Barley Crop Deteriorates



WASHINGTON - Aug 10/17 - SNS -- U.S. barley roduction is forecast at 140 million bushels, down 2% from the July 1 forecast and down 30% from 2016, according to the latest USDA production estimate's of the season.

Based on conditions as of August 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 72.1 bushels per acre, down 1.4 bushels from the previous forecast and down 5.8 bushels from last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 1.95 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 24% from 2016. When compared with last year, the largest yield decreases are expected in Montana and Washington due to dry conditions. Record high barley yields are expected in California and Colorado.

Barley 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 ........:    15        19    128.0     125.0     125.0      1,920      2,375
California .....:    55        35     75.0      66.0      80.0      4,125      2,800
Colorado .......:    74        54    129.0     135.0     135.0      9,546      7,290
Idaho ..........:   580       480    107.0     102.0     101.0     62,060     48,480
Minnesota ......:    79        85     66.0      67.0      70.0      5,214      5,950
Montana ........:   780       550     60.0      56.0      46.0     46,800     25,300
North Dakota ...:   640       410     67.0      55.0      59.0     42,880     24,190
Virginia .......:    12        10     67.0      71.0      73.0        804        730
Washington .....:    93        96     77.0      65.0      63.0      7,161      6,048
Wyoming ........:    82        62     96.0      93.0     100.0      7,872      6,200
                :
Other States 1/ :   148       145     73.6      70.8      74.9     10,900     10,857
                :
United States ..: 2,558     1,946     77.9      73.5      72.1    199,282    140,220
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1/ Other States include: Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Utah.
   Individual State level estimates will be published in the "Small Grains 2017
   Summary."