U.S. Barley Harvest Dips 29%



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Barley production was estimated at 142 million bushels, down 29% from the 2016 total of 200 million bushels, according to the USDA's final crop estimates.

Average yield per acre, at 72.6 bushels, was down 5.3 bushels from the previous year. Producers seeded 2.48 million acres in 2017, down 19% from 2016, and the lowest acreage planted on record since estimates began in 1866. Harvested area, at 1.95 million acres, was down 24% from 2016.

Barley Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2015-2017
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                  :          Area planted 1/          :          Area harvested
       State      :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                  :   2015    :   2016    :   2017    :   2015    :   2016    :   2017
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                  :                              1,000 acres
                  :
Arizona ..........:      17          17          20          16          16          17
California .......:      80          85          70          29          60          28
Colorado .........:      65          80          70          63          75          68
Delaware .........:      32          35          32          22          25          16
Idaho ............:     610         600         530         580         580         510
Kansas 2/ ........:      13        (NA)        (NA)           8        (NA)        (NA)
Maine 2/ .........:      13        (NA)        (NA)          12        (NA)        (NA)
Maryland .........:      50          50          50          35          34          27
Michigan 2/ ......:      11        (NA)        (NA)           6        (NA)        (NA)
Minnesota ........:     135          95          80         120          79          68
                  :
Montana ..........:     990         990         770         860         780         565
New York 2/ ......:      11        (NA)        (NA)           9        (NA)        (NA)
North Carolina 2/ :      19        (NA)        (NA)          14        (NA)        (NA)
North Dakota .....:   1,120         740         520       1,050         640         395
Oregon ...........:      49          45          47          37          32          38
Pennsylvania .....:      55          55          60          40          38          45
South Dakota 2/ ..:      37        (NA)        (NA)          19        (NA)        (NA)
Utah .............:      27          29          25          16          19          18
Virginia .........:      46          33          30          16          12          11
Washington .......:     115         110          95         105          93          85
Wisconsin 2/ .....:      28        (NA)        (NA)          15        (NA)        (NA)
Wyoming ..........:     100          95          82          86          82          63
                  :
United States ....:   3,623       3,059       2,481       3,158       2,565       1,954
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See footnote(s) at end of table.                                               --continued
Barley Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States:
2015-2017 (continued)
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                  :          Yield per acre           :            Production
       State      :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                  :   2015    :   2016    :   2017    :   2015    :   2016    :   2017
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                  :   ---------- bushels ----------      -------- 1,000 bushels --------
                  :
Arizona ..........:   120.0       128.0       131.0        1,920       2,048       2,227
California .......:    55.0        75.0        50.0        1,595       4,500       1,400
Colorado .........:   130.0       129.0       132.0        8,190       9,675       8,976
Delaware .........:    80.0        76.0        85.0        1,760       1,900       1,360
Idaho ............:    97.0       107.0        95.0       56,260      62,060      48,450
Kansas 2/ ........:    39.0        (NA)        (NA)          312        (NA)        (NA)
Maine 2/ .........:    85.0        (NA)        (NA)        1,020        (NA)        (NA)
Maryland .........:    69.0        72.0        76.0        2,415       2,448       2,052
Michigan 2/ ......:    56.0        (NA)        (NA)          336        (NA)        (NA)
Minnesota ........:    77.0        66.0        76.0        9,240       5,214       5,168
                  :
Montana ..........:    52.0        60.0        51.0       44,720      46,800      28,815
New York 2/ ......:    45.0        (NA)        (NA)          405        (NA)        (NA)
North Carolina 2/ :    72.0        (NA)        (NA)        1,008        (NA)        (NA)
North Dakota .....:    64.0        67.0        63.0       67,200      42,880      24,885
Oregon ...........:    52.0        67.0        62.0        1,924       2,144       2,356
Pennsylvania .....:    65.0        75.0        70.0        2,600       2,850       3,150
South Dakota 2/ ..:    37.0        (NA)        (NA)          703        (NA)        (NA)
Utah .............:    84.0        82.0        75.0        1,344       1,558       1,350
Virginia .........:    75.0        67.0        73.0        1,200         804         803
Washington .......:    48.0        77.0        53.0        5,040       7,161       4,505
Wisconsin 2/ .....:    55.0        (NA)        (NA)          825        (NA)        (NA)
Wyoming ..........:    95.0        96.0       102.0        8,170       7,872       6,426
                  :
United States ....:    69.1        77.9        72.6      218,187     199,914     141,923
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Includes area planted in preceding fall.
2/   Estimates discontinued in 2016.