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Sunflower Crop Progress August 29, 2010
8/30/2010

USDA CROP RATINGS as of AUGUST 29, 2010
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE VERY POOR POOR FAIR GOOD EXCELLENT Last Week
Comparison
South Dakota 1%6%29%52%12%Descreased
North Dakota 1%7%23%58%11%Decreased
Kansas 1%5%29%58%7%Unchanged
Colorado 0%2%19%57%22%Increased
Minnesota 1%3%12%69%15%Unchanged



SUNFLOWER CROP PROGRESS as of AUGUST 29, 2010
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE THIS
WEEK
LAST
WEEK
LAST
YEAR
5 YR
AVG
KANSAS - Bloom 90%80%82%87%
KANSAS - Ray petals dry 29%18%24%33%
KANSAS - Bracts yellow 4%NA7%7%
SOUTH DAKOTA - Bloom 98%93%93%97%
SOUTH DAKOTA - Ray petals dry 35%16%30%38%
SOUTH DAKOTA - Bracts yellow 9%0%5%16%
NORTH DAKOTA - Ray petals dry 57%24%15%56%
NORTH DAKOTA - Bracts yellow 15%2%0%22%
TEXAS - Harvested 22%16%7%11%


CROP STATUS
Warm and dry conditions throughout the growing region have accelerated the maturation of the crop. Soil moisture is short in much of the region adding to the maturity pace. In general there are few reports of disease. A Sclerotinia head rot survey in Manitoba indicates light or no infection at this time. Rust is reported on the top leaves in some areas but researchers conclude that spraying after R-6 is not warranted. Harvesting could begin in mid-September with the aid of desiccants.

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