Sunflower Area Set to Rise 4%



WASHINGTON - Mar 29/19 - SNS -- Sunflower growers intend to plant 1.35 million acres in 2019, up 4% from 2018, according to this year's USDA seeding intentions report.

Despite the increase from last year, this will be the second lowest planted area for the Nation since 1976, if realized. Compared with last year, growers in four of the eight major sunflower-producing States expect an increase in sunflower acreage this year. The State expecting the largest increase from last year is North Dakota, where planted area is expected to increase 44,000 acres compared with last year.

Area intended for oil type varieties, at 1.20 million acres, is up 3% from 2018, but will be the third lowest on record since 1976, if realized. In Kansas and Nebraska, 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 up 9% from last year but will be the second lowest on record, if realized. Record low planted area for non-oil varieties is expected in Colorado.

Sunflower Area Planted by Type - States and United States: 2017-2019
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    Varietal type   :                                 Area planted
      and State     :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :       2017        :       2018        :      2019 1/      :    Percent of
                    :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                    :      ----------------- 1,000 acres -----------------             percent
                    :
Oil                 :
California .........:         54.0                58.0                56.0                97
Colorado ...........:         80.0                58.0                50.0                86
Kansas .............:         52.0                43.0                38.0                88
Minnesota ..........:         34.0                45.0                45.0               100
Nebraska ...........:         30.0                25.0                15.0                60
North Dakota .......:        395.0               395.0               420.0               106
South Dakota .......:        540.0               520.0               540.0               104
Texas ..............:         31.0                20.0                35.0               175
                    :
United States ......:      1,216.0             1,164.0             1,199.0               103
                    :
Non-oil             :
California .........:          1.3                 2.0                 2.0               100
Colorado ...........:         12.0                 8.0                 5.0                63
Kansas .............:         13.5                10.0                22.0               220
Minnesota ..........:          4.7                 7.5                 6.0                80
Nebraska ...........:         15.5                12.0                10.0                83
North Dakota .......:         43.0                41.0                60.0               146
South Dakota .......:         82.0                51.0                40.0                78
Texas ..............:         15.0                 5.5                 5.0                91
                    :
United States ......:        187.0               137.0               150.0               109
                    :
All                 :
California .........:         55.3                60.0                58.0                97
Colorado ...........:         92.0                66.0                55.0                83
Kansas .............:         65.5                53.0                60.0               113
Minnesota ..........:         38.7                52.5                51.0                97
Nebraska ...........:         45.5                37.0                25.0                68
North Dakota .......:        438.0               436.0               480.0               110
South Dakota .......:        622.0               571.0               580.0               102
Texas ..............:         46.0                25.5                40.0               157
                    :
United States ......:      1,403.0             1,301.0             1,349.0               104
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1/ Intended plantings in 2019 as indicated by reports from farmers.