Durum Harvest Pops 36%



WASHINGTON - Jul 12/18 - SNS -- U.S. durum wheat production is forecast at 74.9 million bushels, up 36% from 2017, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates.

The United States yield is forecast at 40.7 bushels per acre, up 15.0 bushels from last year. Area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 1.84 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 29, 2018, but 14% below 2017.

Crop development started off behind the normal pace but caught up and moved ahead of normal by July 1 this year in Montana and North Dakota, the two largest Durum-producing States. As of July 1, 54% of the acreage in Montana and 76% of the acreage in North Dakota was rated in good to excellent condition.

Durum Wheat Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2017 and
Forecasted July 1, 2018
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                :    Area harvested     :        Yield per acre         :      Production
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      State     :           :           :           :       2018        :           :
                :   2017    :   2018    :   2017    :-------------------:   2017    :   2018
                :           :           :           : June 1  : July 1  :           :
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                :   -- 1,000 acres --       --------- bushels --------        1,000 bushels
                :
Arizona ........:      89          79       101.0      102.0     108.0      8,989       8,532
California .....:      27          33        92.0      105.0     100.0      2,484       3,300
Montana ........:     785         730        16.0       (NA)      32.0     12,560      23,360
North Dakota ...:   1,205         970        24.0       (NA)      39.0     28,920      37,830
                :
Other States 1/ :      30          29        65.2       (NA)      64.5      1,956       1,870
                :
United States ..:   2,136       1,841        25.7       (NA)      40.7     54,909      74,892
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Other States include Idaho and South Dakota. Individual State level estimates will be
     published in the "Small Grains 2018 Summary."