U.S. Sunflower Seedings Increase 1%



WASHINGTON - Jun 30/20 - SNS --Sunflower seedings in the United States total 1.54 million acres, up 14% from 2019, according to the USDA's seeded area estimate for 2020.

Despite the increase from last year, this is the fifth lowest planted area for the Nation since 1976. Compared with last year, growers in six of the eight major sunflower-producing States increased sunflower acreage this year.

The State with the largest increase from last year is North Dakota, where planted area increased 85,000 acres compared with last year. South Dakota is also showing a large increase compared with last year, with planted area up 82,000 acres from the previous year. Harvested area for sunflower is forecast at 1.47 million acres, an increase of 18% from last year.

Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.37 million acres, is up 15% from 2019. In Colorado, planted area of oil type varieties is the lowest on record. Area planted to non-oil varieties, estimated at 170,500 acres, is up 11% from last year but is the fourth lowest on record. Planted area for non-oil varieties in South Dakota is the lowest since 2007. Planted area for non-oil varieties in Minnesota is the third lowest on record.

Sunflower Area Planted and Harvested by Type - States and United States:
2019 and 2020
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                  :         Area planted          :        Area harvested
   Varietal type  :---------------------------------------------------------------
     and State    :     2019      :     2020      :     2019      :    2020 1/
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                  :                          1,000 acres
                  :
Oil               :
California .......:       49.0            50.0            49.0            49.5
Colorado .........:       47.0            33.0            44.0            30.0
Kansas ...........:       37.0            50.0            32.0            47.0
Minnesota ........:       53.0            55.0            51.0            53.0
Nebraska .........:       28.0            30.0            26.0            28.0
North Dakota .....:      470.0           550.0           430.0           530.0
South Dakota .....:      485.0           580.0           460.0           555.0
Texas ............:       28.0            25.0            26.0            23.0
                  :
United States ....:    1,197.0         1,373.0         1,118.0         1,315.5
                  :
Non-oil           :
California .......:        1.6             1.5             1.6             1.5
Colorado .........:       12.0            20.0            11.0            18.0
Kansas ...........:        8.0            20.0             7.3            18.0
Minnesota ........:        5.0             6.0             4.6             5.5
Nebraska .........:        9.0            10.0             8.5             9.0
North Dakota .....:       65.0            70.0            58.0            67.0
South Dakota .....:       48.0            35.0            31.0            32.0
Texas ............:        5.0             8.0             4.5             7.0
                  :
United States ....:      153.6           170.5           126.5           158.0
                  :
All               :
California .......:       50.6            51.5            50.6            51.0
Colorado .........:       59.0            53.0            55.0            48.0
Kansas ...........:       45.0            70.0            39.3            65.0
Minnesota ........:       58.0            61.0            55.6            58.5
Nebraska .........:       37.0            40.0            34.5            37.0
North Dakota .....:      535.0           620.0           488.0           597.0
South Dakota .....:      533.0           615.0           491.0           587.0
Texas ............:       33.0            33.0            30.5            30.0
                  :
United States ....:    1,350.6         1,543.5         1,244.5         1,473.5
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1/ Forecasted.