Record U.S. Canola Crop

WASHINGTON - Oct 11/18 - SNS -- Canola production in the United States is forecast at 3.62 billion pounds, up 16% from the 2017 production of 3.12 billion pounds, according to the latest USDA crop production estimates.

If realized, this will be the largest production on record for the United States. Area planted, at 1.99 million acres, is down 3% from the June estimate and down 4% from last year's record high area.

Canola farmers expect to harvest 1.94 million acres, down 4% from June and down 3% from 2017. If realized, harvested area for the Nation will be the second largest on record.

The October yield forecast, at a record high 1,864 pounds per acre, is 306 pounds above last year's yield. If realized, the yield forecast in Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington will be the highest on record since the published data series began for those States.

The yield in North Dakota, the largest canola-producing State, is forecast at 1,920 pounds per acre, up 290 pounds from last year's yield. Planted area in North Dakota is estimated at 1.59 million acres, unchanged from last year's record high.