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This is the Sunflower Market News for 8/17/2017

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Sunflowers are priced per hundred weight (CWT).

NuSun Prices

Location Aug Change Sept Change Oct Change
Fargo ND 17.60 unch  17.45 unch 16.60 unch
Enderlin ND 17.55 +.05 17.55 +.05  16.75 +.05
Goodland KS 15.40 unch NQ unch 16.95 +.05
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 Oct Change
Goodland KS  16.65 unch NQ unch 17.95 +.05
Fargo ND 17.85 unch 17.70 unch 17.00 unch



  Trading Range Nearby Close Change
Soybean Oil +.36 to +.39 33.21 +.36
Soybean Meal +1.10 to +2.10 296.10 +1.50
Market Comments
Farmers have taken advantage of the recent rally in birdfood prices as a lot of crop was traded in the past few weeks. Birdfood prices were as high as $22 per cwt but have since backed off into a range of $18-$19 on the increased sales. Prices at the crush plants have also been on the increase gaining $3.70 per cwt since the market low was set. Nearby prices ended the week mixed at unchanged to up 20 cents. Beneficial rain was received in some of the most drought stricken areas of the Dakotas this week. More precipitation will be needed during the remainder of the sunflower growing season to ensure good crop development. USDA shocked traders with a bearish crop production forecast for 2017 soybeans and corn this week. USDA’s rosier than expected production forecast sent CBoT contracts into a tailspin. Farmers and traders had been expecting a much more bearish forecast from USDA because of drought and other poor weather conditions. USDA estimated the US 2017 soybean crop at 4,381 million bushels, which if realized would be a new record. Traders were expecting a number closer to 4,212 million bushels. USDA estimates for global corn, soybean and wheat 2017/18 end stocks were also negative. The trade will continue to digest the USDA numbers in the near term. This and weather reports will control price direction.

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