Firmer Tone in Birdseeds

PANAMA - Sep 14/18 - SNS -- North American birdseed ingredient markets closed the week's trading on a firmer note against rising values for white proso millet and modest strength in Canadian canaryseed.

Markets were helped by USDA Farm Service Agency data, which said reported land in sunflowers dropped 8% from last year to 1.3 million acres, compared to USDA NASS estimates, which pegged area at 1.46 million acres.

The FSA says farmers reported planting 131,000 acres of confection and 1.17 million acres of oil type. By contrast, the NASS estimated area at 147,000 and 1.314 million acres respectively.