Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Aug 22 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, August 22, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 95 77 94 94
Petals Dry 19 3 32 27
Harvested 46 41 48 45
Crop Conditions - Monday, August 22, 2022
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 0 3 23 70 4
  Last week 0 1 17 75 7
Minnesota This week 0 0 11 85 4
  Last week 0 0 16 81 3
Colorado This week 4 5 40 47 4
  Last week 2 6 35 52 5
USDA Provides Help with Blackbirds
Sunflowers are blooming and it is never too early to think about blackbird control. Local birds cause a large amount of damage as petals begin to dry and drop (R6 stage). Be proactive early on to minimize seed loss, do not wait for the buildup of large flocks. USDA Wildlife Services personnel can help producers who have blackbird problems, call 701-355-3300. Some other ways to reduce damage include cattail management, cannons, harassment, desiccants, and repellants. These tools are even more effective when used together. For more on blackbirds, visit Blackbirds (
Grower Report
Regent, North Dakota grower Josh Greff says he planted 1300 acres of sunflowers this year and most are in full bloom. He has received no rain since the middle of July. Insects and disease have not been an issue, but he did spray for insects last week.
Outside influences such as a stronger U.S. dollar, Black Sea shipping paces, weaker petroleum oil prices, and murky global economic outlooks have weighed on commodity prices in the near term. These factors have had some speculative investors taking money off the table and keeping some money managers out of the market. Ukrainian grain flows have been one of the primary drivers in pushing down global prices as the newly opened crop export corridor shows initial success.  Adding further price pressure is the prospect for rain in parts of the Midwest, leading traders to envision improving prospects for crops and a likely boost in crop conditions. On August 22, it’s anticipated that the first report of USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) certified acres will be released. In July, USDA contacted respondents in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota who reported acreage as not yet planted to verify planted acreage for several crops including sunflower. In the August Supply and Demand report, USDA made adjustments to some crops but left planted and harvested area estimates for oil and non-oil sunflower unchanged from the June report figures. The highly awaited FSA figures will be compared to the recent USDA acreage report and will give the market a better idea of what got planted this year. FSA will update the acreage report in mid-September. USDA will provide their initial yield and production estimates for the 2022 oil-type and confection sunflower crop in October.
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