Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: May 28 2024
Crop Progress - Monday, May 28, 2024
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 28 19 23 24
South Dakota        
Planted 7 1 21 15
Planted 16 6 5 13
Planted 50 23 55 51
Planted 19 9 22 15
Planted 39 23 43 34
Bucknall to Speak at Summer Seminar
The keynote speaker for the NSA Summer Seminar will be Janet Bucknall. Janet is the Deputy Administrator of the Wildlife Services Program within USDA APHIS. She will give a brief overview of Wildlife Services’ public service mission to protect agriculture, property, and natural resources and to safeguard human health and safety through implementation of integrated wildlife damage management programs. Additional focus will be on protecting sunflowers in the northern Great Plains and the partnerships and collaborations that make it happen. She will include some perspective about the increasing interconnectedness of the agriculture, conservation, and public health communities relative to human and animal health.
Summer Seminar Registration to Increase June 1
The registration fee will increase to $400 on June 1 for the 2024 NSA Summer Seminar, scheduled for June 25-27, 2024, in Duluth, Minnesota. Don’t delay and register today at: 2024 NSA Summer Seminar (
Old crop sunflower prices were unchanged to up 65 cents with new crop unchanged at the crush plants this week. Sunflower planting continues in all states and is ahead of last year and the five-year averages in Colorado, Minnesota, and North Dakota. South Dakota and Kansas are slightly behind last year at this same time and the five-year average planting pace. In the past week, producers made excellent progress and planted an additional 104,000 acres pushing 2024 planted acres to about 105,300 acres. This represents 12% of this year’s projected planted acres and is ahead of the five-year average of 6%. Last year at this same time only 4% of total projected acres were planted. Drier and warmer than normal weather conditions are forecast for the Dakotas and Minnesota and should allow for good planting progress in the week ahead. According to USDA’s May Oil Crops Outlook report, U.S. production of sunflower seed in 2024/25 is expected to fall as acreage intentions are down 29 percent. The decline from MY 2023/24 is largely driven by oil type sunflower, whereas confection sunflower area remained steady. With fewer acres and a yield down slightly from MY 2023/24, sunflower production is forecast to be 1.6 billion pounds. Oil type sunflower production is projected to decline to 1.4 billion pounds, down 30 percent from MY 2023/24. Global sunflower production in 2024/25 is forecast to increase 1 percent from the previous year to 55.4 MMT.
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