Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Sep 24 2018
Crop Progress
Sunflower harvest is underway in the Dakotas. Both North and South Dakota report 1% of the sunflower crop has been harvested.
Crop Progress - Monday, September 24, 2018 
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Petals Dry 97 93 95 ---
Bracts Yellow 90 80 83 69
Mature 57 40 46 ---
Harvested 1 --- --- ---
South Dakota        
Harvested 1 --- --- ---
Harvested NA 63 49 51
Crop Conditions - Monday, September 24, 2018
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 0 7 28 60 5
Minnesota 1 2 24 60 13
Colorado 1 3 28 64 4
Sunflower Stem Diseases
A visit to sunflower fields at this time of year can provide information on what diseases you might face in future years. This is particularly true with stem diseases. Two stem diseases (charcoal rot and verticillium wilt) tend to be more common in dry years, while Phoma, Phomopsis, and Sclerotinia stalk rot tend to be more common in years with adequate or excessive moisture. Learn more about these and other diseases at and
Grower Report
Bismarck, ND area producer Clark Coleman says his 1,200 acres of high oleic sunflowers are dried down and ready to harvest. He expects to start combining soon. He says it’s a better than average crop, and predicts 2,000-2,200 lb yields. Coleman says he hasn’t had any blackbird issues and hopes to be done harvesting before they move into the area. 
Prices at the crush plants ended the week mixed at down 20 cents to up 20 cents. Sunflower harvest should be starting soon as many acres are maturing quickly and could be desiccated to begin harvest. Desiccating the crop for early harvest is a great way to stay ahead of potential bird damage. Based on the latest figures from the USDA Farm Service Agency crop acreage report, area planted to sunflower in 2018 decreased slightly from 2017. Using a trend yield, initial estimates peg the US sunflower crop at around 875,000 MT, which compares to last year’s total of 984,000 MT. If realized this level of production will create very tight ending stocks at the end of the 2018/19 marketing year. The US slapped tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, intensifying the trade spat. US importers of the Chinese products will face a 10 percent duty on the goods starting September 24 and rises to 25 percent on January 1, 2019. Chinese sunflower seeds and kernel are among the targeted products. The president has indicated that if China takes retaliatory action against US farmers or other industries, the US will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports. Tariffs have been issued on more than $250 billion in Chinese goods in total. Adding another $267 billion would cover essentially all Chinese exports to the US.
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