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National Sunflower Association 2021 Sunflower Survey

Updated September 10, 2021
Patrick Wagner

Patrick Wagner

SDSU Extension Entomology Field Specialist

Close-up of a yellow sunflower head.
Figure 1. Sunflowers blooming in western South Dakota. Courtesy: Patrick Wagner.

Written collaboratively by Patrick Wagner and Ruth Beck, former SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist.

Originally Submitted: September 9, 2021

Volunteers from private industry and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will soon be visiting sunflower fields in South Dakota to participate in the biennial sunflower survey. Every other year, the National Sunflower Association organizes a large-scale survey in sunflower-producing states and Canadian provinces. The survey aims to evaluate yields and production practices along with pest pressure from weeds, insects, diseases and birds.

This year, surveyors will be evaluating approximately one field per 5,000 to 10,000 acres of sunflower in counties across South Dakota. The information collected from the survey is compiled by the National Sunflower Association. The ultimate goal of the survey is to collect information that can be used by producers, industry, extension and researchers to develop programs and genetics that will keep sunflower production viable and profitable.

Sunflowers are a valuable contributor to South Dakota’s economy. Information from this survey will help sunflower producers anticipate and plan for potential challenges. Over 70 sunflower fields will be surveyed, primarily in central and western South Dakota. The surveyed fields will represent the nearly 500,000 acres of sunflowers being grown in South Dakota in 2021.

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