U.S. Oat Harvest Fell 24%



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Oats production in 2017 was estimated at 49.4 million bushels, down 24% from 2016, according to the USDA's final crop estimates.

Yield was estimated at 61.7 bushels per acre, down 4.3 bushels from the previous year. Harvested area, at 801,000 acres, was 18% below the previous year. Record low acres were harvested in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The largest decreases in production from 2016 occurred in the upper Midwest where yields in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin were down from the previous year. Lower harvested acres in New York and Pennsylvania led to a production decrease of over 2 million bushels in these two States combined. A record high yield was estimated in Wyoming.

Oat 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
               :
Alabama .......:      55          50          40          20         20          10
Arkansas ......:      11          11          11           8          8           8
California ....:     120         110         110          10         11          10
Colorado ......:      45          55          50          10         10           9
Georgia .......:      65          45          50          25         15          15
Idaho .........:      75          55          50          15         15          10
Illinois ......:      40          45          35          25         20          20
Indiana 2/ ....:      15        (NA)        (NA)           5       (NA)        (NA)
Iowa ..........:     125         120         115          57         43          42
Kansas ........:      95         120         100          40         30          25
               :
Maine .........:      30          25          21          29         24          20
Michigan ......:      75          65          55          50         30          40
Minnesota .....:     280         210         170         160        120          95
Missouri ......:      30          45          30          14         19          13
Montana .......:      50          60          70          22         28          18
Nebraska ......:     135         135         110          40         25          35
New York ......:      70          90          55          40         60          35
North Carolina :      35          35          35          16          9          10
North Dakota ..:     275         290         295         140        110          80
Ohio ..........:      70          50          60          40         25          20
               :
Oklahoma ......:      40          65          45           7          8          16
Oregon ........:      35          30          25          11         10          10
Pennsylvania ..:      95          85          70          65         50          40
South Carolina :      24          17          20           9          7           8
South Dakota ..:     325         295         290         145        110          60
Texas .........:     520         470         455          55         60          60
Utah 2/ .......:      20        (NA)        (NA)           2       (NA)        (NA)
Virginia 2/ ...:      12        (NA)        (NA)           4       (NA)        (NA)
Washington ....:      18          18          16           5          7           3
Wisconsin .....:     280         210         180         195        100          85
Wyoming .......:      23          23          25          12          7           4
               :
United States .:   3,088       2,829       2,588       1,276        981         801
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See footnote(s) at end of table.                                            --continued
Oat 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 -------
               :
Alabama .......:   50.0         55.0        60.0       1,000       1,100         600
Arkansas ......:   60.0         73.0        85.0         480         584         680
California ....:   60.0         65.0        65.0         600         715         650
Colorado ......:   80.0         80.0        65.0         800         800         585
Georgia .......:   45.0         58.0        49.0       1,125         870         735
Idaho .........:   86.0         83.0        71.0       1,290       1,245         710
Illinois ......:   77.0         81.0        79.0       1,925       1,620       1,580
Indiana 2/ ....:   59.0         (NA)        (NA)         295        (NA)        (NA)
Iowa ..........:   73.0         76.0        77.0       4,161       3,268       3,234
Kansas ........:   65.0         57.0        54.0       2,600       1,710       1,350
               :
Maine .........:   80.0         71.0        67.0       2,320       1,704       1,340
Michigan ......:   67.0         58.0        54.0       3,350       1,740       2,160
Minnesota .....:   78.0         68.0        75.0      12,480       8,160       7,125
Missouri ......:   65.0         60.0        65.0         910       1,140         845
Montana .......:   53.0         47.0        47.0       1,166       1,316         846
Nebraska ......:   67.0         60.0        49.0       2,680       1,500       1,715
New York ......:   58.0         55.0        55.0       2,320       3,300       1,925
North Carolina :   66.0         60.0        66.0       1,056         540         660
North Dakota ..:   74.0         66.0        58.0      10,360       7,260       4,640
Ohio ..........:   63.0         74.0        70.0       2,520       1,850       1,400
               :
Oklahoma ......:   39.0         43.0        42.0         273         344         672
Oregon ........:   88.0         90.0        83.0         968         900         830
Pennsylvania ..:   55.0         67.0        58.0       3,575       3,350       2,320
South Carolina :   58.0         46.0        51.0         522         322         408
South Dakota ..:   87.0         82.0        70.0      12,615       9,020       4,200
Texas .........:   48.0         50.0        45.0       2,640       3,000       2,700
Utah 2/ .......:   85.0         (NA)        (NA)         170        (NA)        (NA)
Virginia 2/ ...:   76.0         (NA)        (NA)         304        (NA)        (NA)
Washington ....:   54.0         61.0        42.0         270         427         126
Wisconsin .....:   72.0         66.0        59.0      14,040       6,600       5,015
Wyoming .......:   60.0         55.0        85.0         720         385         340
               :
United States .:   70.2         66.0        61.7      89,535      64,770      49,391
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Includes area planted in preceding fall.
2/   Estimates discontinued in 2016.