Sunflower Crop Slips 1%



WASHINGTON - Feb 8/19 - SNS -- The 2018 sunflower production totaled 2.12 billion pounds, down 1% from 2017, according to the USDA's final crop report for 2018.

The United States average yield per acre of 1,731 pounds increased 128 pounds from 2017. The average yield was a record high for the United States. Planted area, at 1.30 million acres, was 7% below the previous year. Area harvested decreased 8% from 2017 to 1.22 million acres.

South Dakota, the leading sunflower-producing State during 2018, produced 975 million pounds, a decrease of 4% from 2017. Compared with 2017, planted area in South Dakota decreased 8% but yield increased 105 pounds to 1,840 pounds per acre. Meanwhile, production in North Dakota increased 5% primarily due to average yield, which increased 6% from the previous year. The average yield in North Dakota increased 95 pounds from 2017 to 1,760 pounds per acre.

United States production of oil-type sunflower varieties, at 1.90 billion pounds, increased 3% from 2017. Compared with the previous year, harvested acres were down 6% but the average yield increased by 144 pounds to 1,726 pounds per acre.

Production of non-oil sunflower varieties was estimated at 220 million pounds, a decrease of 24% from 2017. Area harvested, at 123,500 acres, was down 25% from 2017, and was the lowest on record since 1975. The average yield increased by 31 pounds from 2017 to 1,781 pounds per acre and represented the second highest yield on record for non-oil varieties.

Sunflower Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production by Type - States and
United States: 2016-2018
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   Varietal type  :          Area planted           :         Area harvested
     and State    :-------------------------------------------------------------------
                  :   2016    :   2017   :   2018   :   2016    :   2017   :   2018
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                  :                            1,000 acres
                  :
Oil               :
California .......:     45.0       54.0       58.0        44.5       52.5       57.0
Colorado .........:     60.0       80.0       58.0        57.0       73.0       49.0
Kansas ...........:     45.0       52.0       43.0        42.0       50.0       41.0
Minnesota ........:     66.0       34.0       45.0        64.0       33.0       44.0
Nebraska .........:     29.0       30.0       25.0        28.0       28.5       24.0
North Dakota .....:    630.0      395.0      395.0       610.0      381.0      380.0
South Dakota .....:    510.0      540.0      520.0       495.0      520.0      485.0
Texas ............:     33.0       31.0       20.0        28.0       30.0       19.0
                  :
United States ....:  1,418.0    1,216.0    1,164.0     1,368.5    1,168.0    1,099.0
                  :
Non-oil           :
California .......:      1.6        1.3        2.0         1.5        1.3        2.0
Colorado .........:     14.0       12.0        8.0        13.0       11.0        7.0
Kansas ...........:     18.0       13.5       10.0        16.0       12.2        8.5
Minnesota ........:     14.0        4.7        7.5        13.5        3.3        7.0
Nebraska .........:     12.5       15.5       12.0        11.0       15.0        9.5
North Dakota .....:     58.0       43.0       41.0        53.0       42.0       40.0
South Dakota .....:     48.0       82.0       51.0        45.0       68.0       45.0
Texas ............:     12.5       15.0        5.5        10.5       13.0        4.5
                  :
United States ....:    178.6      187.0      137.0       163.5      165.8      123.5
                  :
All               :
California .......:     46.6       55.3       60.0        46.0       53.8       59.0
Colorado .........:     74.0       92.0       66.0        70.0       84.0       56.0
Kansas ...........:     63.0       65.5       53.0        58.0       62.2       49.5
Minnesota ........:     80.0       38.7       52.5        77.5       36.3       51.0
Nebraska .........:     41.5       45.5       37.0        39.0       43.5       33.5
North Dakota .....:    688.0      438.0      436.0       663.0      423.0      420.0
South Dakota .....:    558.0      622.0      571.0       540.0      588.0      530.0
Texas ............:     45.5       46.0       25.5        38.5       43.0       23.5
                  :
United States ....:  1,596.6    1,403.0    1,301.0     1,532.0    1,333.8    1,222.5
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                                                                           --continued
Sunflower Area Planted and Harvested, Yield, and Production by Type - States and
United States: 2016-2018 (continued)
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  Varietal type :         Yield per acre          :           Production
    and State   :-------------------------------------------------------------------
                :   2016    :   2017   :   2018   :   2016    :   2017   :   2018
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                :   ---------- pounds ---------     --------- 1,000 pounds --------
                :
Oil             :
California .....:   1,350        950      1,300        60,075     49,875     74,100
Colorado .......:   1,200      1,000      1,100        68,400     73,000     53,900
Kansas .........:   1,370      1,300      1,500        57,540     65,000     61,500
Minnesota ......:   1,500      1,950      2,250        96,000     64,350     99,000
Nebraska .......:   1,350      1,300      1,420        37,800     37,050     34,080
North Dakota ...:   1,730      1,650      1,750     1,055,300    628,650    665,000
South Dakota ...:   1,940      1,700      1,830       960,300    884,000    887,550
Texas ..........:   1,200      1,520      1,120        33,600     45,600     21,280
                :
United States ..:   1,731      1,582      1,726     2,369,015  1,847,525  1,896,410
                :
Non-oil         :
California .....:   1,200      1,100      1,200         1,800      1,430      2,400
Colorado .......:   1,700      1,200      1,150        22,100     13,200      8,050
Kansas .........:   1,570      1,600      1,500        25,120     19,520     12,750
Minnesota ......:   1,300      1,250      2,150        17,550      4,125     15,050
Nebraska .......:   1,850      1,650      1,400        20,350     24,750     13,300
North Dakota ...:   1,550      1,800      1,860        82,150     75,600     74,400
South Dakota ...:   2,150      2,000      1,950        96,750    136,000     87,750
Texas ..........:   1,600      1,200      1,400        16,800     15,600      6,300
                :
United States ..:   1,729      1,750      1,781       282,620    290,225    220,000
                :
All             :
California .....:   1,345        954      1,297        61,875     51,305     76,500
Colorado .......:   1,293      1,026      1,106        90,500     86,200     61,950
Kansas .........:   1,425      1,359      1,500        82,660     84,520     74,250
Minnesota ......:   1,465      1,886      2,236       113,550     68,475    114,050
Nebraska .......:   1,491      1,421      1,414        58,150     61,800     47,380
North Dakota ...:   1,716      1,665      1,760     1,137,450    704,250    739,400
South Dakota ...:   1,958      1,735      1,840     1,057,050  1,020,000    975,300
Texas ..........:   1,309      1,423      1,174        50,400     61,200     27,580
                :
United States ..:   1,731      1,603      1,731     2,651,635  2,137,750  2,116,410
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