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This is the Sunflower Market News for 9/18/2018

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Sunflowers are priced per hundred weight (CWT).

NuSun Prices

Location Sept Change Oct Change Nov Change
Fargo ND 17.30 unch 17.30 unch 17.30 unch
Enderlin ND 17.30 -.05 17.20 -.05 17.20 -.05
Goodland KS 16.95 unch 16.95 unch 16.95 unch
Prices recorded here are believed to be reliable at the time of posting. All prices are subject to change. Contact these facilities for complete market details.


High Oleic Prices

Location Sept Change Oct Change Nov Change
Fargo ND 17.40 unch 17.40 unch 17.40 unch
Enderlin ND 17.30 -.05 17.20 -.05 17.20  -.05
Hebron ND NQ unch NQ unch 15.80 -.05
Pingree ND NQ unch NQ unch 16.40 -.05
Goodland KS 18.10 unch 18.10 unch 18.10 unch



  Trading Range Nearby Close Change
Soybean Oil -.31 to -.39 27.12 -.31
Soybean Meal -1.40 to -2.40 300.50 -2.40
Market Comments

Sunflower prices at the crush plants ended the week down 5 cents to unchanged. According to the September USDA Farm Service Agency crop acreage report, area planted to sunflower in 2018 decreased 8 percent from 2017 and totals 1.29 million acres. Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.17 million acres, is down 5 percent from 2017. Planted acreage of non-oil varieties, estimated at 131,000 acres, is down 30 percent from last year. If realized this level of planted acreage will create very tight ending stocks at the end of the 2018/19 marketing year. USDA will release its first estimate of harvested sunflower acres and production in October. Big crops keep getting bigger, according to USDA's latest soybean yield estimates. USDA expects farmers to harvest an average 52.8 bushels per acre, putting production at 4.69 billion bushels. Both figures were in line with pre-report expectations. Ending soybean stocks were also increased to 845 million bushels versus, the average trade estimate of 830 million bushels and the USDA’s August estimate of 785 million bushels. This and China’s announcement that it would slash bean meal imports further set a negative tone in the market this week. The US-China trade war continues to stay on the minds of traders making it difficult for the market to rally. Sunflower harvest should be starting soon as many acres are maturing quickly and could be desiccated to begin harvest.

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