Leading U.S. states in sunflower production 2019

The U.S. state with the highest production volume of sunflowers is South Dakota at 831.6 million pounds in 2019. North Dakota came in second at 740.7 million pounds of sunflowers.

Sunflower products

There are several products that are derived from sunflowers. Aside from the flower itself being used in floral arrangements and decorations, sunflower seeds are a popular snack, and sunflower oil is a versatile cooking ingredient. In the United States, about 217 thousand metric tons of sunflower seed oil was consumed in 2018. Sunflower seed oil consumption peaked in 2007 at 272 thousand metric tons.

Edible oil market in the U.S.

Sunflower seed oil is one of the numerous options consumers face when it comes to purchasing frying oil. The most widely consumed edible oil in the United States is soybean oil by a large margin. In 2018, Americans consumed over 10 million metric tons of soybean oil, compared to only 2.7 million metric tons of canola oil, the runner up. In that same year, retail sales of olive oil amounted to 1.22 billion U.S. dollars.

Top U.S. states in total sunflower production in 2019 (in 1,000 pounds)*

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January 2020


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