U.S. Oat Plantings Set To Increase



WASHINGTON - Mar 29/18 - SNS -- Area seeded to oats for the 2018 crop year is estimated at 2.72 million acres, up 5% from 2017, according to the USDA's seeding intentions report for 2018.

If realized, United States planted area will be the fourth lowest on record. Record low planted acreage is estimated in California, Oregon, and Texas.

Oat Area Planted - States and United States: 2016-2018
[Includes area planted in preceding fall]
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                    :                                 Area planted
        State       :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :       2016        :       2017        :      2018 1/      :    Percent of
                    :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                    :       ---------------- 1,000 acres ----------------              percent
                    :
Alabama ............:          50                  40                  55                138
Arkansas ...........:          11                  11                  12                109
California .........:         110                 110                  85                 77
Colorado ...........:          55                  50                  55                110
Georgia ............:          45                  50                  70                140
Idaho ..............:          55                  50                  65                130
Illinois ...........:          45                  35                  45                129
Iowa ...............:         120                 115                 140                122
Kansas .............:         120                 100                 125                125
Maine ..............:          25                  21                  29                138
                    :
Michigan ...........:          65                  55                  50                 91
Minnesota ..........:         210                 170                 230                135
Missouri ...........:          45                  30                  30                100
Montana ............:          60                  70                  70                100
Nebraska ...........:         135                 110                 135                123
New York ...........:          90                  55                  60                109
North Carolina .....:          35                  35                  40                114
North Dakota .......:         290                 295                 290                 98
Ohio ...............:          50                  60                  60                100
Oklahoma ...........:          65                  45                  40                 89
                    :
Oregon .............:          30                  25                  25                100
Pennsylvania .......:          85                  70                  75                107
South Carolina .....:          17                  20                  22                110
South Dakota .......:         295                 290                 280                 97
Texas ..............:         470                 455                 360                 79
Washington .........:          18                  16                  13                 81
Wisconsin ..........:         210                 180                 230                128
Wyoming ............:          23                  25                  25                100
                    :
United States ......:       2,829               2,588               2,716                105
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1/ Intended plantings in 2018 as indicated by reports from farmers.