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Record Barley Yields Mooted

WASHINGTON - Aug 12/20 - SNS -- Barley production in the United States is forecast at 176 million bushels, up 4% from the previous forecast and up 4% from 2019, according to the latest USDA crop production forecast.

Based on conditions as of August 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 78.8 bushels per acre, up 2.7 bushels from the previous forecast and up 1.1 bushels from last year.

If realized, that would mark a new record high yield for the United States, surpassing the previous record of 77.9 bushels per acre in 2016. Montana and Washington are expecting record high yields.

Area harvested for grain or seed, at 2.23 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast, but up 2% from 2019.

Barley Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2019
and Forecasted
August 1, 2020
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                :  Area harvested  :       Yield per acre       :     Production
                :---------------------------------------------------------------------
      State     :        :         :        :       2020        :          :
                :  2019  :  2020   :  2019  :-------------------:   2019   :   2020
                :        :         :        : July 1  :August 1 :          :
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                :   1,000 acres      -------- bushels --------       1,000 bushels
                :
Arizona ........:    14        14    126.0     110.0     110.0      1,764      1,540
California .....:    43        34     66.0      52.0      50.0      2,838      1,700
Colorado .......:    52        63    138.0     131.0     140.0      7,176      8,820
Idaho ..........:   520       480    104.0     106.0     103.0     54,080     49,440
Minnesota ......:    55        45     67.0      71.0      71.0      3,685      3,195
Montana ........:   740       810     59.0      62.0      65.0     43,660     52,650
North Dakota ...:   445       425     72.0      63.0      73.0     32,040     31,025
Virginia .......:     7         9     65.0      66.0      68.0        455        612
Washington .....:    84        97     70.0      75.0      77.0      5,880      7,469
Wyoming ........:    66        60    107.0     102.0     106.0      7,062      6,360
                :
Other States 1/ :   156       195     70.0      67.6      67.2     10,926     13,106
                :
United States ..: 2,182     2,232     77.7      76.1      78.8    169,566    175,917
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1/ Other States include: Alaska, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New
   York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin.
   Individual State level estimates will be published in the "Small Grains 2020
   Summary."

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