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Record Low Safflower Crop

WASHINGTON - Jan 12/22 - SNS -- Production of safflower in 2021, at a record low of 135 million pounds, was down 11% from 2020, according to the USDA's final crop report for 2021.

Growers planted 152,000 acres in 2021, an increase of 10% from the previous year but represented the third lowest planted area for the Nation since records began in 1991.

Growers in California, the leading safflower-producing State, planted 40,000 acres in 2021, an increase of 17,000 acres from the previous year. Despite the increase from 2020, planted area was the second lowest on record for California. Planted area in Idaho, at 34,000 acres, was the largest since data began to be published for Idaho in 2016.

Harvested area for the Nation, at 135,000 acres, was up 5% from 2020 but is the third lowest harvested area on record. The average yield for the Nation, at 1,001 pounds per acre, declined 184 pounds from the 2020 average yield per acre and represented the lowest yield on record for the Nation.

Safflower Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and
United States: 2019-2021
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                :          Area planted          :         Area harvested
      State     :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2019   :   2020   :   2021   :   2019   :   2020   :   2021
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                :                           1,000 acres
                :
California .....:   57.0       23.0       40.0        56.5       22.7       39.5
Idaho ..........:   29.0       27.5       34.0        28.5       26.5       31.5
Montana ........:   53.0       49.0       40.0        43.0       44.0       33.0
South Dakota ...:   13.8       15.5       16.0        10.8       13.2       15.0
Utah ...........:   13.0       23.0       22.0        12.7       22.0       16.0
                :
United States ..:  165.8      138.0      152.0       151.5      128.4      135.0
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                :         Yield per acre         :           Production
      State     :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2019   :   2020   :   2021   :   2019   :   2020   :   2021
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                :  ---------- pounds ---------     -------- 1,000 pounds -------
                :
California .....:  1,950      2,350      2,100     110,175     53,345     82,950
Idaho ..........:    940        880        470      26,790     23,320     14,805
Montana ........:    840        930        570      36,120     40,920     18,810
South Dakota ...:    600      1,250        750       6,480     16,500     11,250
Utah ...........:  1,050        820        460      13,335     18,040      7,360
                :
United States ..:  1,273      1,185      1,001     192,900    152,125    135,175
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