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Sunflower Crop Progress September 13, 2009
9/14/2009

USDA CROP RATINGS as of SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE VERY POOR POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT
South Dakota 0%2%17%62%19%
Kansas 2%7%21%61%9%
North Dakota 0%1%19%68%12%
Minnesota 0%8%35%48%9%
Colorado 3%4%26%46%21%


CROP & WEATHER COMMENTS
The week ended provided above normal temperatures supporting crop maturity. Temperatures in the week of September 14-19th are forecast to be above normal as well. This will aid in crop maturity. Most of the entire production region received some rainfall over the last 10 days. Late season diseases and blackbirds are being reported in some areas. Harvest is being reported for early planted sunflower in the High Plains.

PETALS DROPPED as of SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE THIS WEEK LAST WEEK LAST YEAR 5 YEAR AVG
South Dakota 80%46%81%82%
North Dakota 70%46%90%88%
Kansas 54%44%65%66%


BRACTS TURNED YELLOW as of SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE THIS WEEK LAST WEEK LAST YEAR 5 YEAR AVG
South Dakota 43%12%51%58%
North Dakota 25%4%61%63%
Kansas 23%13%35%38%


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