Durum Production Up 41%



WASHINGTON - Sep 28/18 - SNS -- Durum wheat output in the United States was pegged at 77.3 million bushels, up 41% from the revised 2017 total of 54.8 million bushels, according to the USDA's annual small grains production report.

Area harvested for grain totaled 1.97 million acres, down 7% from the previous year. The United States yield was estimated at 39.3 bushels per acre, up 13.3 bushels from the 2017 yield. Production in North Dakota, the largest Durum-producing State, was up 48% from 2017. By late July, harvest in Montana was underway. Producers in North Dakota had harvested 9% of the State's acreage by August 12.

Durum Wheat Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2016-2018
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              :           Area planted            :          Area harvested
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              :   2016    :   2017    :   2018    :   2016    :   2017    :   2018
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              :                              1,000 acres
              :
Arizona ......:      97          90          71          96          89          70
California ...:      55          35          40          47          27          33
Idaho ........:      10          25          11          10          24          11
Montana ......:     780         890         840         765         785         775
North Dakota .:   1,460       1,260       1,100       1,435       1,175       1,075
South Dakota .:      10           7           3           7           6           3
              :
United States :   2,412       2,307       2,065       2,360       2,106       1,967
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              :               Yield               :            Production
     State    :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
              :   2016    :   2017    :   2018    :   2016    :   2017    :   2018
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              :   ---------- bushels ----------      -------- 1,000 bushels -------
              :
Arizona ......:   98.0        101.0       106.0        9,408      8,989       7,420
California ...:   86.0         92.0        95.0        4,042      2,484       3,135
Idaho ........:   75.0         77.0        85.0          750      1,848         935
Montana ......:   41.0         16.0        30.0       31,365     12,560      23,250
North Dakota .:   40.5         24.5        39.5       58,118     28,788      42,463
South Dakota .:   33.0         18.0        28.0          231        108          84
              :
United States :   44.0         26.0        39.3      103,914     54,777      77,287
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