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Sunflower Crop Progress September 6, 2009
9/8/2009

SUNFLOWER RATINGS
Source: USDA Weekly Crop Weather, as of 9/6/09
The USDA ratings declined slightly for North Dakota and South Dakota but increased slightly in Minnesota when compared to the week before. Ratings in other states were only slightly changed from last week.


USDA CROP RATINGS as of SEPTEMBER 6, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE VERY POOR POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT
South Dakota 1%2%22%54%21%
Kansas 2%6%21%61%10%
North Dakota 0%1%19%71%9%
Minnesota 1%9%33%48%9%
Colorado 3%4%25%47%21%


CROP & WEATHER COMMENTS
The sunflower crop in the northern region got a maturity boost in the week ending September 7. Temperatures were well above normal in many prime production locations. The crop continues to need more time as the table below indicates. Sunflower plants after petal drop are quite tolerant to a freeze below 30 degrees.

SUNFLOWER WITH PETALS DROPPED
PETALS DROPPED as of SEPTEMBER 6, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE THIS WEEK LAST WEEK LAST YEAR 5 YEAR AVG
South Dakota 64%45%81%68%
North Dakota 46%17%82%77%
Kansas 44%26%40%50%


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