Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jul 10 2023
Crop Progress - Monday, July 10, 2023
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 1 1 1 3
South Dakota        
Emerged 81 75 -- --
Planted 88 85 93 93
Planted 100 84 97 97
Harvested NA 9 15 11
Crop Conditions - Monday, July 10, 2023
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 1 6 47 42 4
Minnesota 0 0 30 68 2
Colorado 0 1 3 86 10
South Dakota 1 6 45 47 1
The ND Sunflower Map
Sunflower producers, you could be a part of promoting North Dakota tourism. NSA often receives calls from folks wanting to know where to find blooming sunflower fields. Help us show people from all over the world what North Dakota sunflower is all about. This year NSA was awarded the Amplifier Award for Marketing Excellence for this project. Click here to view what you could be part of: All you need to do is share the locations of your fields with ND Tourism and they will contact you via text to get information on when your fields start to bloom. Once they are blooming, they contact you for weekly updates on bloom percentages that they place here: If you choose, you can also participate in the Sunflower Seed mailboxes provided by ND Tourism.  Contact Rhea at if you have any questions or are interested in participating.
Nearby and new crop sunflower prices were unchanged at the crush plants this week. Last week USDA released its first estimate of 2023 planted acres for all crops. Compared with last year, oil-type acreage decreased in all eight major sunflower producing states. The states with the largest decrease from last year were North and South Dakota. Compared with last year, growers in five of the eight major sunflower producing states had increases or no change in planted acreage for non-oil varieties. The largest increase compared with last year occurred in North Dakota, where planted acreage increased by 18,000 acres. Initial estimates using trend yields peg oil-type sunflower production at 1.9 billion pounds down 24 percent from last year with non-oil sunflower production at 263 million pounds up 10 percent from 2022. Now that the USDA planted acres report data is factored into the market, buyers will anxiously watch crop production prospects before making longer term purchases. In October, USDA will provide its first official estimate for oil and non-oil sunflower production.  Sunflower trading will be influenced to a greater extent by crop conditions and progress along with weather conditions in the near term. Currently weather conditions are mostly favorable for crop development in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Mid-August through September is the critical time frame for sunflowers. The latest USDA supply and demand figures will also guide market direction in the week ahead.
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