Winter Durum Plantings Sink 41%



WASHINGTON - Jan 12/18 - SNS -- Durum wheat seedings in Arizona and California for 2018 harvest are estimated at a combined 74,000 acres, down 41% from 2017 and 51% below 2016, according to the USDA.

In Arizona, seeding was well underway by December 31 at 21% complete, 1 percentage point below last year. Planting has been underway in California since mid-December.

Durum Wheat Area Seeded - States and United States: 2016-2018
[Blank cells indicate estimation period has not begun]
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                :                    Crop year                     :      2018
      State     :--------------------------------------------------:  as a percent
                :      2016      :      2017      :    2018 1/     :    of 2017
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                :  1,000 acres      1,000 acres      1,000 acres        percent
                :
Arizona ........:        97               90              45               50
California .....:        55               35              29               83
Idaho ..........:        10               25
Montana ........:       780              890
North Dakota ...:     1,460            1,260
South Dakota ...:        10                7
                :
United States ..:     2,412            2,307
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1/ Indicated 2018 area seeded for all six States and the United States will be
   published in "Prospective Plantings" released March 2018.