Improved U.S. Mustard Yields



WASHINGTON - Feb 8/19 - SNS -- This year's mustard seed crop in the United States was up sharply over last year as a return to more normal yields offset a minor drop in seeded area, according to the USDA's final crop report for 2018.

Mustard seed production for 2018 increased 24% from the previous year to 73.1 million pounds. This represents the fifth largest production for the Nation.

Planted area, at 102,500 acres, was down just 500 acres from 2017. Harvested area, at 97,500 acres, was up 2%, or 2,100 acres, from last year. Planted and harvested acreage represented the fifth and forth highest area for the Nation, respectively, since records began in 1991. The average yield, at 750 pounds per acre, was 133 pounds above the 2017 average yield.

Rapeseed production was estimated at 8.2 million pounds, down 55% from last year's production level. Growers planted 5,700 acres of rapeseed in 2018, a decline of 4,600 acres from 2017. Harvested area, at 5,400 acres, was down 4,500 acres from last year. The average yield in 2018 was 1,524 pounds per acre, a decrease of 319 pounds from 2017.

Other Oilseed Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production by Crop -
United States: 2016-2018
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                :          Area planted          :         Area harvested
      Crop      :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2016   :   2017   :   2018   :   2016   :   2017   :   2018
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                :                           1,000 acres
                :
Rapeseed 1/ ....:   11.0       10.3        5.7        10.5        9.9        5.4
Mustard seed 2/ :  103.1      103.0      102.5        98.2       95.4       97.5
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                :         Yield per acre         :           Production
      State     :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2016   :   2017   :   2018   :   2016   :   2017   :   2018
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                :  ---------- pounds ---------      ------- 1,000 pounds -------
                :
Rapeseed 1/ ....:  1,840      1,843      1,524      19,320     18,250      8,230
Mustard seed 2/ :    980        617        750      96,270     58,820     73,078
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1/ Rapeseed program states include Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota,
   Oregon, and Washington.
2/ Mustard seed program States include Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, and
   Washington.