Sunflower planting is underway throughout most of the United States. Based on the March Planting Intentions Report, acres are projected to be flat to slightly higher. “With the drier conditions we’re experiencing right now, and based on the 2017 drought, producers are taking a look at sunflowers and adding some acres,” says National Sunflower Association Executive Director John Sandbakken. “Last year, even in a drought, we achieved the third highest yield on record. That just shows how well sunflowers do in dry conditions.” Being a late-season crop, sunflowers can easily be planted well into June.