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Last updated: 2022, June 12


What is the sunflower yield?



This question is answered by a sunflower expert, author of Sunflower Book, Dr. Oleksii Orlov



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In this article we will answer to the question: What is the yield of sunflower?

In this calculation, it is assumed that 1 ton of sunflower seeds is 73.487 bushels.

What is sunflower seeds bushels means? 1 US bushel it is seeds that can be filled in volume = 35.239072 litres. Good sunflower varieties have oil content in seeds about 50-55%.


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Sunflower yield is not a fixed, the yield level depends from weather and soil conditions and the skills of the agronomist!


Different types of sunflower varieties have different mass of seeds per unit of volume. The heavier oilseed varieties of sunflower, and the lightest are those used for hulling, such as Turkish white sunflower varieties. Confectionery sunflower seeds have an average weight. Next we will show the oil seed sunflower yield estimation.

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Typical oilseed sunflower yield is 68.40-74.35 bushels per acre (or 2.3-2.5 t/ha) - sunflower oil yield 1026 - 1227 pounds/acre (or 1.15-1.37 t/ha).

In general cases the oil yield will be less ass will losses for oil extraction.

Depending on the year - in dry conditions  without irrigation (in the South), if it rains only in spring or rarely during the season, sunflower yields 23.79-59.48 bushels per acre (or 0.8-2.0 t/ha) - sunflower oil yield 357 - 981 pounds/acre (or 0.4-1.0 t/ha).

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Sunflower plant died during flowering from drought due to late sowing


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In conditions of sufficient or medium moisture - a good farmers gets a sunflower yield of 89.22-104.09 bushels per acre (or 3.0-3.5 t/ha) - sunflower oil yield 1338 - 1717 pounds/acre (or 1.5-1.9 t/ha).

By irrigation, the typical sunflower yield can be 118.96-148.70 bushels per acre (or 4.0-5.0 t/ha)- sunflower oil yield 1784 - 2454 pounds/acre (or 2.0-2.8 t/ha).

According to our data from Agricultural Consulting practice, the record yield without irrigation on black soils and sufficient rainfall (in favorable years) is 148.70-169.51 bushels per acre (or 5.0-5.7 t/ha) - sunflower oil yield 357 - 981 pounds/acre (or 0.4-1.0 t/ha) - sunflower oil yield 2231 - 2797 pounds/acre (or 2.5-3.1 t/ha).


A World Record of sunflower yield without irrigation - 6.21 t/ha (184.68 bushels per acre) was obtained in 2016 in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic by farmer V. Aramisov (seed moisture during harvesting was 5.8-6.9%, oil content - 52-53%. 61 thousand seeds were sown per hectare, 55-57 thousand plants/hectare stood for harvesting).


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The main factors affecting the sunflower yield:

  • climate and place of sowing / planting

  • availability of irrigation

  • fertilization, agricultural chemistry and protection against pests, weeds and diseases

  • compliance of growing technology

  • compliance of the terms of all works

  • sowing with quality seeds

  • correct selection of sunflower varieties

  • other important factors


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In order to get a high yield of sunflower in your conditions, you should select those varieties that will give the highest yield in your conditions.

The fact is that in the same field, different varieties of sunflower will give different yields. And the difference between good and bad varieties for your conditions can be up to 40-50% of the yield (usually 15-30%).

This is due to genetic differences between different varieties, as well as the quality of the seeds. Seeds must be of one size and fraction and have of good germination.

Also, the same variety can give different yields in different years and with different care. In one year, one variety may show the highest yield, in another year, another variety may give the highest yield.

The determining factor for the choice is the average yield of a particular variety, on average over three years. New, higher yielding and more profitable sunflower varieties also regularly appear that need to be tested.

Therefore, several different varieties with different levels of early maturity should be sown.

Also need understand that sunflower is a crop that greatly reduces yield in case of thickening of the sowing and uneven distribution of seeds in the row.


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