U.S. Flax Plantings to Plunge



WASHINGTON - Mar 29/18 - SNS -- Area planted to flaxseed in 2018 is estimated at 225,000 acres, down 78,000 acres, or 26% less than was planted in 2017, according to the USDA's seeding intentions report for 2018.

Acreage in North Dakota, the largest flaxseed-producing State, is down 31% from 2017.

Flaxseed Area Planted - States and United States: 2016-2018
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                    :                                 Area planted
        State       :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :       2016        :       2017        :      2018 1/      :    Percent of
                    :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                    :        --------------- 1,000 acres ---------------               percent
                    :
Montana ............:         29                  52                  45                  87
North Dakota .......:        335                 245                 170                  69
South Dakota .......:         10                   6                  10                 167
                    :
United States ......:        374                 303                 225                  74
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1/ Intended plantings in 2018 as indicated by reports from farmers.