Safflower Seedings Up 17%



WASHINGTON - Jun 29/18 - SNS -- Area planted to safflower increased 17% from 2017, to 190,000 acres in 2018, according to the USDA's seeded area estimates for this year.

This is the highest planted area for the U.S. since 2008. Area for harvest is forecast at 181,000 acres, up 26% from last year.

Growers in California, the largest State in terms of planted area in 2017, planted 60,000 acres this year, an increase of 7% from last year. Compared with last year, the largest increase in planted area occurred in Montana where growers planted a record high 55,000 acres, an increase of 16,000 acres from 2017.

Safflower 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
                :
California .....:      56.0            60.0            55.5            59.5
Idaho ..........:      22.5            18.0            21.5            17.5
Montana ........:      39.0            55.0            28.0            51.0
North Dakota ...:       7.1            13.0             5.2            12.5
South Dakota ...:      21.9            30.0            18.5            27.0
Utah ...........:      15.5            14.0            14.5            13.5
                :
United States ..:     162.0           190.0           143.2           181.0
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1/ Forecasted.