USDA June 2015 Sunflower Acres Report

Area planted to sunflower in 2015 totals 1.68 million acres, up 8 percent from 2014. Harvested area is expected to increase 7 percent from last year to 1.61 million acres. Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.40 million acres, is up 19 percent from 2014, but is the fifth lowest since 1976. Planted acreage of non-oil varieties, estimated at 283,000 acres, is down 27 percent from last year and is the third lowest since 1987. In North Dakota, the planted area of non-oil varieties is down 38 percent from 2014 and is tied for the third lowest acreage since 1970.