Durum Wheat Output Slumps



WASHINGTON - Jul 11/19 - SNS -- Durum wheat production in the United States shopuld reach 58.1 million bushels, down 25% from 2018, according to the latest USDA production forecast for 2019.

The United States yield is forecast at 42.9 bushels per acre, up 3.6 bushels from last year. Area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 1.36 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 28, 2019, but 31% below 2018


Durum Wheat Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2018 and
Forecasted July 1, 2019
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                :    Area harvested     :        Yield per acre         :      Production
                :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      State     :           :           :           :       2019        :           :
                :   2018    :   2019    :   2018    :-------------------:   2018    :   2019
                :           :           :           : June 1  : July 1  :           :
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                :   -- 1,000 acres --       --------- bushels --------        1,000 bushels
                :
Arizona ........:      70          44       106.0      102.0     103.0      7,420       4,532
California .....:      33          42        95.0      105.0     107.0      3,135       4,494
Idaho ..........:      11           5        85.0       (NA)      87.0        935         435
Montana ........:     775         585        30.0       (NA)      39.0     23,250      22,815
North Dakota ...:   1,075         680        39.5       (NA)      38.0     42,463      25,840
South Dakota 1/ :       3        (NA)        28.0       (NA)      (NA)         84        (NA)
                :
United States ..:   1,967       1,356        39.3       (NA)      42.9     77,287      58,116
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Estimates discontinued in 2019.