Safflower Output Soared 34%



WASHINGTON - Feb 8/19 - SNS -- Production of safflower in 2018, at 236 million pounds, was up 34% from 2017, according to the USDA's final crop report for 2018.

Growers planted 167,500 acres in 2018, an increase of 2% from 2017. Harvested area, at 156,400 acres, was up 8% from the previous year. Average yield, at 1,511 pounds per acre, increased 299 pounds from 2017.

Safflower 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
                :
California .....:   62.0       56.0       60.0        61.5       55.5       59.5
Idaho ..........:   18.0       22.5       22.0        17.5       21.5       21.0
Montana ........:   37.0       39.0       42.0        34.0       28.0       36.0
North Dakota ...:    8.3        7.1       10.0         7.7        5.2        9.5
South Dakota ...:   21.8       21.9       18.5        18.5       18.5       17.4
Utah ...........:   14.0       17.0       15.0        13.5       16.5       13.0
                :
United States ..:  161.1      163.5      167.5       152.7      145.2      156.4
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                :         Yield per acre         :           Production
      State     :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2016   :   2017   :   2018   :   2016   :   2017   :   2018
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                :  ---------- pounds ---------     -------- 1,000 pounds -------
                :
California .....:  2,200      1,900      2,400     135,300    105,450    142,800
Idaho ..........:    850        900        830      14,875     19,350     17,430
Montana ........:    810        610        990      27,540     17,080     35,640
North Dakota ...:  1,250        900      1,100       9,625      4,680     10,450
South Dakota ...:  1,100        790      1,100      20,350     14,615     19,140
Utah ...........:    810        900        840      10,935     14,850     10,920
                :
United States ..:  1,432      1,212      1,511     218,625    176,025    236,380
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