Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 17 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, October 17, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Mature 92 83 94 91
Harvested 26 10 19 19
South Dakota        
Harvested 18 7 33 17
Harvested 25 11 39 31
Harvested 89 85 78 73
Harvested 32 14 38 24
Harvested 21 10 28 30
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 17, 2022
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 1 5 37 49 8
  Last week 1 4 34 57 4
Minnesota This week 0 0 16 72 12
  Last week 0 0 20 70 10
Colorado This week 16 17 46 21 0
  Last week 7 8 56 27 2
Grower report
Regent, North Dakota grower Josh Greff is just finishing up harvesting soybeans and hopes to get started on sunflower this week. He believes that he will have average to above average yields. He is very thankful for all the moisture he received in the spring because since the beginning of July he has received less than a half inch of rain. This year insects and disease were not an issue, but he did spray for insects the middle of August.
Nearby prices at the crush plants were mixed at down 75 cents to unchanged this week. 2023 new crop prices were unchanged. About 25% of sunflowers were in the bin as of last week, up from 11% seven days earlier and slightly above the five-year average for this time of year. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 207,255 acres pushing 2022 harvested acres to about 380,795 acres. Harvest progress remains slightly behind last year at this same time. Last week USDA pegged 2022 sunflower production at 2.91 billion pounds, up 53 percent from the revised 2021 production of 1.91 billion pounds. USDA added 2.3 million pounds to 2021 oil sunflower production but left non-oil type production unchanged from last year. Acreage updates were made in several states. Area planted, at 1.69 million acres, is up 1 percent from the June estimate and up 31 percent from last year. Sunflower growers expect to harvest 1.63 million acres, up 2 percent from the June forecast and up 31 percent from 2021. The overall average yield for all sunflower types is forecast, at 1,782 pounds per acre. This is 253 pounds higher than last year’s yield, if realized. The forecasted production in North Dakota would make it the leading sunflower producing state this year, at 1.3 billion pounds, up 70 percent from 2021. In South Dakota, production is forecast at 1.2 billion pounds up 47 percent from last year. 
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