Durum Crop Shrinks



WASHINGTON - Aug 12/19 - SNS -- Durum wheat output in the U.S. is forecast at 57.3 million bushels, down 1% from the previous forecast and down 26% from 2018, according to the USDA's latest crop production report.

The United States yield is forecast at 42.3 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushel from last month but up 3.0 bushels from last year.

Area expected to be harvested for grain totals 1.36 million acres, unchanged from last month but 31% below 2018. A record high yield is forecast in North Dakota, the largest Durum-producing State, for 2019.


Durum Wheat Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2018 and
Forecasted August 1, 2019
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                :    Area harvested     :        Yield per acre         :      Production
                :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      State     :           :           :           :       2019        :           :
                :   2018    :   2019    :   2018    :-------------------:   2018    :   2019
                :           :           :           : July 1  :August 1 :           :
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                :   -- 1,000 acres --       --------- bushels --------        1,000 bushels
                :
Arizona ........:      70          44       106.0      103.0     103.0      7,420       4,532
California .....:      33          42        95.0      107.0     107.0      3,135       4,494
Idaho ..........:      11           5        85.0       87.0      87.0        935         435
Montana ........:     775         585        30.0       39.0      33.0     23,250      19,305
North Dakota ...:   1,075         680        39.5       38.0      42.0     42,463      28,560
South Dakota 1/ :       3        (NA)        28.0       (NA)      (NA)         84        (NA)
                :
United States ..:   1,967       1,356        39.3       42.9      42.3     77,287      57,326
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Estimates discontinued in 2019.