WASHINGTON — Flour manufacturing in January-March 2021 totaled 103,634,000 cwts, down 4,543,000 cwts, or 4.2%, from a revised 108,177,000 within the first quarter of 2020, in accordance with knowledge issued Might 1 by the Nationwide Agricultural Statistics Service of america Division of Agriculture.
Flour manufacturing was down 3,353,000 cwts, or 3.1%, from 106,987,000 in October-December 2020.
The drop of 4.5 million cwts was the most important year-to-year drop in flour manufacturing in additional than 18 years — since October-December 2002, when manufacturing fell 5,531,000 cwts from October-December 2001.
The January-March 2020 determine was revised upward by 459,000 cwts, to a report 108,177,000 cwts.
Nonetheless, at 103,634,000 cwts, first-quarter flour manufacturing in 2021 was the fifth largest for January-March and was up barely from 103.6 million in January-March 2019; it was down 1.9% from 105,612,000 within the first quarter in 2018, the second highest for the quarter. It in contrast with 104,705,000 within the first quarter of 2017, the third largest, and 103,909,000 in 2016, the fourth largest.
The 24-hour flour manufacturing capability totaled 1,585,262 cwts, down 41,998 cwts from 1,627,260 a yr earlier. It was 1,585,310 cwts within the fourth quarter of 2020. The excessive was 1,674,210 cwts within the third quarter of 2019, and capability has been diminished 88,948 cwts since then. Grind within the quarter was 86% of six-day capability, down from 87.6% within the fourth quarter of 2020 and 86.3% within the first quarter.
Semolina manufacturing within the first quarter was 8,088,000 cwts, down 52,000 cwts, or 0.6%, from 8,140,000 within the first quarter of 2020. It was down 1.4% from 8,203,000 cwts within the fourth.
Rye flour manufacturing in January-March totaled 209,000 cwts in contrast with 216,000 within the fourth quarter and 244,000 a yr again.