Sunflower Seedings Set To Drop



WASHINGTON - Mar 29/18 - SNS -- Sunflower growers in the United States intend to plant 1.39 million acres in 2018, down 1% from 2017, according to the USDA's seeding intentions report for 2018.

If realized, this will be the lowest planted area for the Nation since 1976. Compared with last year, growers in four of the eight major sunflower-producing States expect a decline in sunflower acreage this year.

Area intended for oil type varieties, at 1.24 million acres, is up 2% from 2017, but will be the third lowest since 1976, if realized. In Kansas, planted area of oil type varieties will be the lowest on record, if realized.

Area intended for non-oil varieties, estimated at 150,000 acres, is down 20% from last year and will be the lowest on record, if realized. Record low planted area for non-oil varieties is also expected in Minnesota.

Sunflower Area Planted by Type - States and United States: 2016-2018
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    Varietal type   :                                 Area planted
      and State     :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :       2016        :       2017        :      2018 1/      :    Percent of
                    :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                    :      ----------------- 1,000 acres -----------------             percent
                    :
Oil                 :
California .........:         45.0                54.0                54.0               100
Colorado ...........:         60.0                80.0                95.0               119
Kansas .............:         45.0                52.0                35.0                67
Minnesota ..........:         66.0                34.0                40.0               118
Nebraska ...........:         29.0                30.0                33.0               110
North Dakota .......:        630.0               395.0               405.0               103
South Dakota .......:        510.0               540.0               540.0               100
Texas ..............:         33.0                31.0                33.0               106
                    :
United States ......:      1,418.0             1,216.0             1,235.0               102
                    :
Non-oil             :
California .........:          1.6                 1.3                 2.0               154
Colorado ...........:         14.0                12.0                14.0               117
Kansas .............:         18.0                13.5                20.0               148
Minnesota ..........:         14.0                 4.7                 4.0                85
Nebraska ...........:         12.5                15.5                10.0                65
North Dakota .......:         58.0                43.0                45.0               105
South Dakota .......:         48.0                82.0                45.0                55
Texas ..............:         12.5                15.0                10.0                67
                    :
United States ......:        178.6               187.0               150.0                80
                    :
All                 :
California .........:         46.6                55.3                56.0               101
Colorado ...........:         74.0                92.0               109.0               118
Kansas .............:         63.0                65.5                55.0                84
Minnesota ..........:         80.0                38.7                44.0               114
Nebraska ...........:         41.5                45.5                43.0                95
North Dakota .......:        688.0               438.0               450.0               103
South Dakota .......:        558.0               622.0               585.0                94
Texas ..............:         45.5                46.0                43.0                93
                    :
United States ......:      1,596.6             1,403.0             1,385.0                99
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1/ Intended plantings in 2018 as indicated by reports from farmers.