Sunflower Highlights
July 11, 2016
Crop Progress
Planting is nearly complete in Texas, Colorado and Kansas, with more than 95% of the crop reported planted in those states. In the Dakotas, sunflower fields are beginning to bloom; 10% of the North Dakota sunflower crop is reported blooming already. 
Crop Progress - Monday, July 11, 2016
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 10 9 1 NA
South Dakota        
Emerged 82 67 84 NA
Planted 95 92 96 96
Planted 98 92 99 96
Planted 95 89 93 95
Emerged 88 77 82 85
Blooming 2 NA 1 3
Crop Conditions - Monday, July 11, 2016
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 1 5 26 64 4
South Dakota 1 5 44 49 1
Minnesota 2 5 43 45 5
Colorado 0 0 31 61 8
Kansas 0 1 25 69 5
Banded Sunflower Moth Emerging
 There have been reports of adult banded sunflower moth being observed in sunflowers in Canada. In North Dakota, pheromone traps run by the NDSU Extension IPM scouts have trapped low numbers (less 14 moths per trap per week) of banded sunflower moth in Cass, Barnes, and Foster counties Sunflowers were in late vegetative to early bud (R1) stages. Egg scouting is recommended during the R3 (Immature bud elongates >2.0 cm above nearest leaf) crop stage. Click here for more about banded sunflower moth.
Exports of In-Shell Sunflower Increase
Exports of in-shell sunflower have more than doubled to Mexico since a year ago. From October 2015 to Mary 2016, Mexico imported 9,279 metric tons (MT) of in-shell sunflower, compared to 4,550 MT during the same time period last year. Imports to Iraq continue to increase as well. From October 2015 to May 2016, Iraq imported 7,772 MT of in-shell sunflower, compared to 2,887 a year ago. Spain remains the top importer of in-shell sunflower; from October 2015 to May 2016, 13,932 MT of in-shell sunflower has been exported to Spain. Canada leads the way in sunflower kernel imports, with 1,877 MT imported from October 2015 to May 2016. Exports of sunflower kernel are down slighting, from 7,908 MT from October 2014 to May 2015 to 5,304 MT from October 2015 to May 2016.
Sunflower Oil Exports Increase
Exports of sunflower oil to Mexico have more than quadrupled from a year ago. From October 2015 to May 2016, Mexico imported 9,868 MT of sunflower oil. That’s compared to 2,265 MT during the same time frame a year ago. In fact, during the whole 2014-15 marketing year, only 7,138 MT of sunflower oil was exported to Mexico. Total sun oil exports are up this year as well, from 20,528 MT during October 2014 to May 2015, to 28,203 MT from October 2015 to May 2016
July 28, 2016 – Friends and Neighbors Day, USDA-ARS Mandan, ND
January 11-12, 2017 – NSA Research Forum, Fargo, ND
June 27-29, 2017 – NSA Summer Seminar, Rapid City, SD 
CBoT soybean futures had a rough week as bearish weather forecasts and the surprise vote in Britain to leave the European Union rattled markets. Sunflower prices were mixed but able to hold up better losing only 5 cents to gaining 10 cents in the past week. A return to mostly favorable Midwest weather into early July is pressuring row crop prices and encouraging more fund liquidation as we head into this Thursday’s USDA planted acreage and stocks reports. Most traders are looking for USDA to increase its current estimate of soybean acres from 82.2 million acres to near 84 million acres. Sunflower acres will also be given in the report. The market is expecting non-oil acres to show a moderate decrease from last year with oil-type acres holding steady to slightly lower than last year. While it will take months, if not years to know how the vote outcome in the United Kingdom will play out, it sent commodity prices off a cliff as investors moved out of risky assets and put their money into safe havens such as the US dollar and gold. Financial markets are a mess after the Brexit vote and will take a while to sort themselves out. In addition to weather forecasts, market attention will be focused on the June 30 USDA acreage and stocks reports.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, July 11, 2016 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2016 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 32.65 30.82 30.25 -.57 30.75
Fargo, ND NuSun 22.00 17.25 17.10 -.15 17.75
Enderlin, ND NuSun 23.75 17.00 16.95 -.05 17.60
Goodland, KS NuSun 19.10 16.50 16.45 -.05 17.55
Goodland, KS High Oleic 21.10 17.50 17.45 -.05 19.30
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.
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, July 11, 2016
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 32.24 28.32 27.75 -.57
Cotton Oil (psby) 47.74 45.95 45.33 -.62
Corn Oil 43.00 45.75 45.75 NC
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