Below is a recap from our partners at the National Sunflower Association of today’s report:
The first USDA forecast for 2022 sunflower production is 2.91 billion pounds, up 53 percent from the revised 2021 production of 1.91 billion pounds. Area planted, at 1.69 million acres, is up 1 percent from the June estimate and up 31 percent from last year. Sunflower growers expect to harvest 1.63 million acres, up 2 percent from the June forecast and up 31 percent from 2021. Acreage updates were made in several states. The October yield forecast, at 1,782 pounds per acre, is 253 pounds higher than last year’s yield and will be the second highest on record for the U.S., if realized.
The forecasted production in North Dakota, the leading sunflower producing state this year, is 1.30 billion pounds, an increase of 70 percent from 2021. Compared with last year, the average yield forecast of 1,846 pounds per acre in North Dakota is up 265 pounds. In South Dakota, the average yield is forecast at 1,912 pounds per acre, up 280 pounds from last year. The average yield in both North Dakota and South Dakota will be the second highest on record, if realized.
View the report here: October USDA Report