According to USDA, farmers are expected to plant 1.2 million acres of sunflowers this spring. National Sunflower Association Executive Director John Sandbakken says the estimate for oil type varieties was lower than industry expectations. “We were looking for a 10 to 15 percent increase,” says Sandbakken. With demand outweighing supplies, the sunflower industry needs more acres in 2019 than estimated by USDA. Sandbakken says diversifying market risk with sunflowers could be one option for farmers. “They are a crop that can be planted later in the season, and contracts are still available.”
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