Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Sep 18 2023
Crop Progress - Monday, September 18, 2023
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Petals Dry 90 81 87 89
Bracts Yellow 69 48 65 70
Mature 29 14 29 31
South Dakota        
Petals Dry 86 75 -- --
Bracts Yellow 49 33 -- --
Mature 7 2 -- --
Harvested NQ 59 70 59
Crop Conditions - Monday, September 18, 2023
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 1 6 31 59 3
  Last week 1 5 30 60 4
Minnesota This week 0 3 37 59 1
  Last week 0 4 37 58 1
Colorado This week 1 4 14 78 3
  Last week 0 1 11 83 5
South Dakota This week 0 2 49 48 1
  Last week 2 5 43 47 3
Research grant applications being accepted
Research is an important part of the NSA’s mission. Each year, the NSA provides grants to public researchers to stimulate new or additional work that may result in lower production costs, increased quality, and higher yields. Pre-proposals for projects to be considered for funding in 2024 are now being accepted. Visit 2024 NSA Research Priorities ( to read more and to submit pre-proposals. Grant applications are due by October 3, 2023.
Grower Report
Onida, SD grower Ryan Olson says his sunflowers look above average overall. He says the red seed weevil has been terrible. He had to spray 3 times and they would be gone for a couple days and then they were back. They have received spotty rain, with temps in the 70’s. Overall drier than normal. Most of his crop is close to full maturity. He hopes to start harvesting the second week of October.
According to the September USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) crop acreage report, area planted to sunflower in 2023 totals 1,314,256 acres down 22 percent from last year. USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is using a similar planted acreage estimate of 1,347,000 acres. According to FSA, planted area of oil-type varieties is 1,160,825 acres with acreage of non-oil varieties, at 153,431 acres. NASS has pegged planted area of oil-type varieties at 1,183,000 million acres and non-oil varieties, at 164,000 acres. Wet spring planting conditions resulted in 29,343 prevent plant acres in 2023 with North Dakota accounting for 16,288 acres of the total. 2023 U.S. sunflower production is still undetermined and will not be known until harvest gets rolling and some yield results are reported. In October, USDA will provide its first estimate for oil and non-oil sunflower production. On September 30, USDA will report old crop sunflower stocks. These USDA reports will give producers and industry a better picture of sunflower fundamentals heading into the 2023/24 marketing year. The weather forecast for the next two weeks is predicting above normal temperatures in the sunflower growing region, which bodes well for crop dry down. Getting the crop harvested several weeks early can result in lower drying costs, plus reduces late season crop and blackbird damage.
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