Sunseed Plantings Up Just 4%



WASHINGTON - Jun 29/18 - SNS -- This year's sunflower area only increased 4% in the United States to 1.46 million acres, according to the USDA's seeded area estimates for this year.

Statistics Canada reported a higher percentage increase for that country, with land in sunflowers advancing from 65,000 to 78,500 acres.

Despite the increase from last year, this is the second lowest planted area for the Nation since 1976. Compared with last year, acreage declined in five of the eight major sunflower-producing States. The Dakotas both showed increases compared with last year, with acreage increases of 22,000 and 68,000 acres in North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively.

Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.31 million acres, is up 8% from 2017. In Kansas, planted area of oil type varieties, at 35,000 acres, is the lowest on record. Area intended for non-oil varieties, estimated at 147,000 acres, is down 21% from last year and is the lowest on record for the Nation. Record low planted area for non-oil varieties is expected in Colorado, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Sunflower Area Planted and Harvested by Type - States and United States:
2017 and 2018
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                  :         Area planted          :        Area harvested
   Varietal type  :---------------------------------------------------------------
     and State    :     2017      :     2018      :     2017      :    2018 1/
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                  :                          1,000 acres
                  :
Oil               :
California .......:       54.0            54.0            52.5            53.5
Colorado .........:       80.0            80.0            74.0            74.0
Kansas ...........:       52.0            35.0            50.0            33.0
Minnesota ........:       34.0            30.0            33.0            29.0
Nebraska .........:       30.0            33.0            28.5            31.0
North Dakota .....:      395.0           415.0           384.0           405.0
South Dakota .....:      540.0           640.0           520.0           620.0
Texas ............:       31.0            27.0            30.0            24.0
                  :
United States ....:    1,216.0         1,314.0         1,172.0         1,269.5
                  :
Non-oil           :
California .......:        1.3             2.0             1.3             2.0
Colorado .........:       12.0            10.0            11.0             9.0
Kansas ...........:       13.5            10.0            12.2             9.0
Minnesota ........:        4.7             4.0             4.2             3.7
Nebraska .........:       15.5            10.0            15.0             9.0
North Dakota .....:       43.0            45.0            42.0            43.0
South Dakota .....:       82.0            50.0            74.0            47.0
Texas ............:       15.0            16.0            13.0            14.0
                  :
United States ....:      187.0           147.0           172.7           136.7
                  :
All               :
California .......:       55.3            56.0            53.8            55.5
Colorado .........:       92.0            90.0            85.0            83.0
Kansas ...........:       65.5            45.0            62.2            42.0
Minnesota ........:       38.7            34.0            37.2            32.7
Nebraska .........:       45.5            43.0            43.5            40.0
North Dakota .....:      438.0           460.0           426.0           448.0
South Dakota .....:      622.0           690.0           594.0           667.0
Texas ............:       46.0            43.0            43.0            38.0
                  :
United States ....:    1,403.0         1,461.0         1,344.7         1,406.2
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1/ Forecasted.