Third Smallest Safflower Crop



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Production of safflower in 2017, at 180 million pounds, was down 18% from 2016 and was the third lowest production since records began in 1991, according to the USDA's final crop estimates.

Growers planted 162,000 acres in 2017, an increase of 1% from 2016. Harvested area, at 143,200 acres, was down 6% from the previous year. Average yield, at 1,256 pounds per acre, declined 176 pounds from 2016.

Safflower Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2015-2017
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                :          Area planted          :         Area harvested
      State     :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2015   :   2016   :   2017   :   2015   :   2016   :   2017
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                :                           1,000 acres
                :
California .....:   61.0       62.0       56.0        61.0       61.5       55.5
Idaho 1/ .......:    (D)       18.0       22.5         (D)       17.5       21.5
Montana ........:   50.0       37.0       39.0        44.0       34.0       28.0
North Dakota ...:   10.5        8.3        7.1        10.4        7.7        5.2
South Dakota 1/ :    (D)       21.8       21.9         (D)       18.5       18.5
Utah ...........:   16.0       14.0       15.5        15.5       13.5       14.5
                :
Other States 2/ :   32.7          -          -        30.2          -          -
                :
United States ..:  170.2      161.1      162.0       161.1      152.7      143.2
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                :         Yield per acre         :           Production
      State     :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2015   :   2016   :   2017   :   2015   :   2016   :   2017
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                :  ---------- pounds ---------     -------- 1,000 pounds -------
                :
California .....:  2,100      2,200      1,950     128,100    135,300    108,225
Idaho 1/ .......:    (D)        850        960         (D)     14,875     20,640
Montana ........:    840        810        610      36,960     27,540     17,080
North Dakota ...:  1,050      1,250        930      10,920      9,625      4,836
South Dakota 1/ :    (D)      1,100        790         (D)     20,350     14,615
Utah ...........:    910        810      1,000      14,105     10,935     14,500
                :
Other States 2/ :    939          -          -      28,366          -          -
                :
United States ..:  1,356      1,432      1,256     218,451    218,625    179,896
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-   Represents zero.
(D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
1/  Beginning in 2016, Idaho and South Dakota are published individually.
2/  For 2015, Other States include Colorado, Idaho, and South Dakota. Beginning in
    2016, Colorado and Other States are discontinued.