Durum Crop Jumped 41%



WASHINGTON - Feb 8/19 - SNS -- Durum wheat production for 2018 was estimated at 77.3 million bushels, up 41% from the 2017 total of 54.8 million bushels, according to the USDA's final crop report for 2018.

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 per acre           :            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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