9% Bigger Barley Crop



WASHINGTON - Jul 12/18 - SNS -- This year's barley crop in the United States should reach 155 million bushels, up 9% from 2017, according to the USDA's latest crop production estimates.

Based on conditions as of July 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 75.6 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels from last year. Record high yields are forecast in Minnesota and Montana. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 2.05 million acres, is unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 29, 2018, but up 5% from 2017.

Rouhgly 97% of the Nation's barley acreage was planted by June 3, one percentage point behind last year but 2 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. By June 10, 92% of the barley acreage had emerged, 2 percentage points ahead of both last year and the 5-year average. Half the barley acreage was headed by July 1, two percentage points ahead of last year but 1 percentage point behind the 5-year average. On July 1, 84% of the Nation's barley acreage was rated in good to excellent condition, 32 percentage points above the same time last year.

Barley 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     :   2017   :   2018   :   2017   :   2018   :   2017   :   2018
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                :     1,000 acres        ---- bushels ---        1,000 bushels
                :
Arizona ........:     17         10      131.0      125.0       2,227      1,250
California .....:     28         46       50.0       65.0       1,400      2,990
Colorado .......:     68         50      132.0      123.0       8,976      6,150
Idaho ..........:    510        500       95.0       98.0      48,450     49,000
Minnesota ......:     68         67       76.0       80.0       5,168      5,360
Montana ........:    565        560       51.0       62.0      28,815     34,720
North Dakota ...:    395        440       63.0       69.0      24,885     30,360
Virginia .......:     11         11       73.0       67.0         803        737
Washington .....:     85         65       53.0       65.0       4,505      4,225
Wyoming ........:     63         49      102.0      103.0       6,426      5,047
                :
Other States 1/ :    144        248       71.3       59.5      10,268     14,767
                :
United States ..:  1,954      2,046       72.6       75.6     141,923    154,606
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1/ For 2017, Other States include: Delaware, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and
   Utah. For 2018, Other States include: Alaska, Delaware, Kansas, Maine,
   Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South
   Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin. Individual State level estimates will be published
   in the "Small Grains 2018 Summary."