Less Mint Oil Produced



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Mint oil production suffered an overall decline in the United States last year, according to the USDA's final crop estimates.

Peppermint oil production in 2017 totaled 5.78 million pounds, up 1% from the previous year. Harvested area was estimated at 60,400 acres, down 5% from 2016. Average yield was estimated at 96 pounds of oil per acre, up 6 pounds from a year earlier.

Spearmint oil production totaled 2.80 million pounds in 2017, down 13% from the previous year. Harvested area was estimated at 22,300 acres, down 2,200 acres from a year earlier. Average yield was estimated at 125 pounds of oil per acre, down 6 pounds from 2016.

Mint for Oil Area Harvested, Yield, and Production by Crop - States and
United States: 2015-2017
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                    :         Area harvested         :         Yield per acre
   Crop and State   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                    :   2015   :   2016   :   2017   :   2015   :   2016   :   2017
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                    :  -------- 1,000 acres -------      --------- pounds ---------
                    :
Peppermint          :
California .........:    2.0         2.0        2.0       81          86         82
Idaho ..............:   15.2        15.4       16.0      105         110        105
Indiana ............:   10.0         9.8        6.7       40          50         45
Michigan 1/ ........:    (D)        (NA)       (NA)      (D)        (NA)       (NA)
Oregon .............:   21.0        19.5       21.0       95          85         95
Washington .........:   14.0        13.8       12.0      110         110        120
Wisconsin ..........:    (D)         3.1        2.7      (D)          59         73
                    :
Other States 2/ ....:    3.1           -          -       63           -          -
                    :
United States ......:   65.3        63.6       60.4       90          90         96
                    :
Spearmint           :
Idaho ..............:    1.3         (D)        (D)      145         (D)        (D)
Indiana ............:    3.5         3.3        3.1       54          80         54
Michigan ...........:    (D)         (D)        (D)      (D)         (D)        (D)
Oregon .............:    2.5         2.5        2.5      135         125        105
Washington .........:   16.5        15.8       14.0      126         147        150
 Native ............:    9.5         9.3        8.0      145         165        165
 Scotch ............:    7.0         6.5        6.0      100         120        130
Wisconsin 1/ .......:    (D)        (NA)       (NA)      (D)        (NA)       (NA)
                    :
Other States 2/ ....:    2.0         2.9        2.7       68         109         99
                    :
United States ......:   25.8        24.5       22.3      114         131        125
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                    :                           Production
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                    :        2015         :        2016         :        2017
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                    :                          1,000 pounds
                    :
Peppermint          :
California .........:          162                   172                   164
Idaho ..............:        1,596                 1,694                 1,680
Indiana ............:          400                   490                   302
Michigan 1/ ........:          (D)                  (NA)                  (NA)
Oregon .............:        1,995                 1,658                 1,995
Washington .........:        1,540                 1,518                 1,440
Wisconsin ..........:          (D)                   183                   197
                    :
Other States 2/ ....:          195                     -                     -
                    :
United States ......:        5,888                 5,715                 5,778
                    :
Spearmint           :
Idaho ..............:          189                   (D)                   (D)
Indiana ............:          189                   264                   167
Michigan ...........:          (D)                   (D)                   (D)
Oregon .............:          338                   313                   263
Washington .........:        2,078                 2,315                 2,100
 Native ............:        1,378                 1,535                 1,320
 Scotch ............:          700                   780                   780
Wisconsin 1/ .......:          (D)                  (NA)                  (NA)
                    :
Other States 2/ ....:          136                   316                   266
                    :
United States ......:        2,930                 3,208                 2,796
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-    Represents zero.
(D)  Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
(NA) Not available.
1/   Estimates discontinued in 2016.
2/   Includes data withheld above.