Arizona, California Durum wheat production 20 percent higher in 2007

Production of Durum wheat in Arizona and California is forecast at a collective 16.6 million bushels, unchanged from May 1 but 20 percent above their 2006 total of 13.8 million bushels.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service on June 11, Durum wheat in California is progressing normally with no quality or disease problems. The harvest in Arizona is progressing well.

In Arizona, NASS said alfalfa crop conditions were rated 50 percent good, 26 percent fair, 18 excellent, and 6 percent poor.

Arizona cotton planting is virtually complete with cotton squaring complete on 35 percent of acreage, compared to a 5-year average of 33 percent. Cotton conditions were 48 percent good, 44 percent fair, and 8 percent excellent.

In Durum wheat, NASS rated 75 percent of the Arizona crop as mature with 20 percent harvested.

In barley, 85 percent was rated mature and 25 percent was harvested in Arizona.

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