Little Change in Lentil Seedings



WASHINGTON - Jun 30/20 - SNS - U.S. farmers planted 492,000 ares of lentils this year, up 1% from 2019, according to the USDA's seeded area estimate for 2020.

Area forecasted to be harvested, at 461,000 acres, is up 7% from the previous season.

Planted area is decreasing from last year in Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington but increasing in Montana. If realized, North Dakota's planted area will be the lowest since 2014.

Lentil Area Planted and Harvested - States and United States: 2019 and 2020
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                :         Area planted          :        Area harvested
      State     :---------------------------------------------------------------
                :     2019      :     2020      :     2019      :    2020 1/
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                :                          1,000 acres
                :
Idaho ..........:      34.0            32.0            33.0            31.0
Montana ........:     295.0           330.0           255.0           305.0
North Dakota ...:      95.0            85.0            81.0            80.0
Washington .....:      62.0            45.0            62.0            45.0
                :
United States ..:     486.0           492.0           431.0           461.0
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1/ Forecasted.