U.S. Slashes Land in Flax



WASHINGTON - Jun 29/18 - SNS -- Farmers in the United States planted just 168,000 acres of flaxseed this year, down 135,000 acres, or 45% from 2017, according to the USDA's seeded area estimates for this year.

The harvested area is forecast at 160,000 acres, down 112,000 acres, or 41% from last year.

Planted acreage in North Dakota, the largest flaxseed-producing State, is down 55% from 2017. Cold and wet soil conditions in May slowed planting progress across most of the growing region.

Flaxseed Area Planted and Harvested - States and United States: 2017 and 2018
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                :         Area planted          :        Area harvested
      State     :---------------------------------------------------------------
                :     2017      :     2018      :     2017      :    2018 1/
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                :                          1,000 acres
                :
Montana ........:       52              51              38              47
North Dakota ...:      245             110             229             107
South Dakota ...:        6               7               5               6
                :
United States ..:      303             168             272             160
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1/ Forecasted.