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This is the Sunflower Market News for 8/23/2019

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Sunflowers are priced per hundred weight (CWT).

NuSun Prices

Location Aug Change Sept Change 2019 New Crop Change
Fargo ND 18.55 unch FH 18.30/LH 17.80 unch 17.40 Cash unch
Enderlin ND 18.40 unch 17.95 unch 17.30 Cash/16.80 AOG unch
Goodland KS 16.45 unch 16.45 unch 16.60/AOG 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 Aug Change Sept Change 2019 New Crop Change
Fargo ND 18.75 unch FH 18.75/LH 17.90 unch 17.60 Cash unch
Enderlin ND 18.70 unch 18.25 unch 17.60 Cash/17.10 AOG unch
Hebron ND NQ unch NQ unch 16.10 Cash unch
Pingree ND NQ unch NQ unch 16.80 Cash unch
Goodland KS 17.55 unch 17.55 unch 17.85/AOG unch



  Trading Range Nearby Close Change
Soybean Oil -.14 to -.20 28.34 -.20
Soybean Meal -2.80 to -3.90 289.90 -3.80
Market Comments

Old crop prices finished the week mixed at down 5 to up 5 cents after setting a new market high for the fourth week in a row at the North Dakota crush plants. Since the beginning of August old crop prices have gained 75 cents per cwt. At this same time last year, old crop prices were in a range of $17.30-$17.40 for NuSun with high oleic at $17.35-$17.40. This is a difference of $1.00-$1.25 for NuSun and $1.30-$1.35 per cwt. for high oleic versus current prices. Sunflower prices are not facing the headwinds some other commodities are currently experiencing as there is robust market demand for seed.  The need for seed has also helped boost new crop prices for NuSun and high oleic to market highs this week as well. The sunflower growing states have mostly adequate moisture, but crop development is behind the five-year average normal pace in most areas. In states reporting crop conditions, the crop is being rated at 79 to 82 percent good to excellent condition. This should mean that yields will be above trend assuming normal weather through the rest of this fall and the lack of an early freeze. Based on the cool weather in the week ahead, the crop will need more heat units later in the season than normal to finish development. Traders will be keeping an eye on growing conditions and any demand news in the week ahead.

 Something else to consider is the oil premiums that crush plants pay on sunflower. Sunflower is the only oilseed that pays premiums for oil content above 40%. Considering oil premiums that are offered at the crush plants on oil content above 40% at a rate of 2% price premium for each 1% of oil above 40%; this pushes a contract with 45% oil content gross return 10% higher per cwt. The AOG $17.10 contract increases to $18.80 and the cash $17.60 contract moves up to $19.35. 

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