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Sunflower Crop Progress August 31, 2009
8/31/2009

SUNFLOWER RATINGS
Ratings of the SD crop improved by 8 points in the good to excellent category compared to last week’s rating. The good to excellent rating in ND improved by 5 points compared to last week. Good to excellent ratings declined in the other states.

USDA CROP RATINGS as of AUGUST 30, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE VERY POOR POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT
South Dakota 0%4%13%61%22%
Kansas 1%6%22%62%9%
North Dakota 0%1%16%71%12%
Minnesota 1%11%34%45%9%
Colorado 3%4%25%47%21%


CROP & WEATHER COMMENTS
Temperatures this week are forecast to be above normal in the key production region that has experienced cooler than normal temperatures throughout the growing season. At this point crop maturity and late season diseases are the production concerns. There have been reports of Sclerotinia head rot of 5 to 20 percent of the plants in some Manitoba fields. A light infestation of Sclerotinia head rot has also been reported in northern North Dakota fields.

SUNFLOWER WITH PETALS DROPPED
PETALS DROPPED as of AUGUST 30, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE THIS WEEK LAST WEEK LAST YEAR 5 YEAR AVG
South Dakota 33%11%41%41%
North Dakota 17%5%64%60%
Kansas 26%12%27%36%


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