Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Sep 19 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, September 19, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Petals Dry 89 78 93 91
Bracts Yellow 67 50 79 74
Mature 30 20 36 34
Harvested 70 65 62 59
Crop Conditions - Monday, September 19, 2022
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 2 6 33 51 8
  Last week 1 4 34 56 5
Minnesota This week 0 0 19 71 10
  Last week 0 0 18 76 6
Colorado This week 15 15 45 25 0
  Last week 6 7 58 25 4
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 2023 are now being accepted. Visit: 2023 NSA Research Priorities ( to read more and to submit pre-proposals. Grant applications are due by October 4, 2022.
Grower Report
Lemmon, SD grower Lance Hourigan says his sunflowers look good. He has had some issues with red sed weevil, but the grasshoppers have been especially bad this year. They have not received any rain this past month. He does not desiccate his sunflowers and hopes to be harvesting in about a month.
According to the September USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) crop acreage report, area planted to sunflower in 2022 totals 1,671,747 acres up 30 percent from last year. USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is using a similar planted acreage estimate of 1,667,000 acres. According to FSA, planted area of oil-type varieties is 1,533,519 acres with acreage of non-oil varieties, at 138,228 acres. NASS has pegged planted area of oil-type varieties at 1,544,000 million acres and non-oil varieties, at 123,000 acres. Wet spring planting conditions resulted in 67,097 prevent plant acres in 2022 with North Dakota accounting for 44,366 acres of the total. 2022 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 2022/23 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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