Sunflower Highlights
November 28, 2016
Crop Progress
The 2016 harvest is nearly complete, with all reporting states reporting 91 percent or more of the sunflower crop harvested. 
Crop Progress - Monday, November 28, 2016
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 97 92 99 94
South Dakota        
Harvested 99 97 99 95
Texas        
Harvested 91 87 91 88
Kansas        
Harvested 95 89 94 94
Colorado        
Harvested 97 92 93 96
seed quality table
Seed Quality
High Plains 2016 2015
Oil Content 40.8% 40.0%
Foreign Material 6.3% 6.4%
Moisture 7.5% 8.3%
Test Weight 30.4 bs 31.0 lbs
Northern Plains 2016 2015
Oil Content 43.5% 43.0%
Foreign Material 4.5% 4.4%
Moisture 9.0% 8.2%
Test Weight 30.5 lbs 31.0 lbs
USDA Allocates MAP and FMD Funds
The National Sunflower Association has been awarded more than $1.3 million from USDA for Fiscal Year 2017. NSA will receive $1,133,121 for Market Access Program (MAP) and $223,041 for Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. Under MAP, the Foreign Ag Service will provide $173.5 million to 70 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. FMD will provide $26.6 million in fiscal year 2017 funds to 26 trade organizations that represent U.S. agricultural producers. A recent study conducted by noted land grant university economists found that MAP and FMD contributed $309 billion to farm export revenue between 1977 and 2014, an average of $8.2 billion per year.
Late Season County Agricultural Production Survey
Many producers have received a survey to collect data that will be used to determine row crop and hay county level acreage, yield, and production estimates for 2016. The surveys were mailed to producers from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The data collected is used in administering producer programs such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) included in the 2014 Farm Bill and in determining disaster assistance program allocations. County-level data for corn, soybeans, sunflowers, canola, and flaxseed will be published in February 2017 and dry edible peas, lentils, chickpeas, other dry edible beans, sugar beets, and hay in April 2017. For more information, call your NASS office.  
N Calculator App Available for Android Phones
The N calculator—included in a single app including corn, spring wheat/durum, and sunflower—is now available for download onto Android phones. Search the “Google Play Store” for “ND Crop Nitrogen Calculators” and install. Once installed, select the crop and follow instructions. The original NDSU circular document for each crop is also available on the app. Programmers are hoping to release the same app for iPhones soon.
Register Now for 2017 NSA Research Forum
Registration is open for the 2017 NSA Research Forum, scheduled for January 11-12, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Suites & Convention Center in Fargo, ND. Click here to register online. Pre-registration is $115. Fees increase to $130 on December 28. Registration at the door will be $155.
UPCOMING EVENTS
November 29-30, 2016 - Ag Horizons, Pierre, SD
December 6, 2016 - High Plains Committee Meeting, Goodland, KS
January 11-12, 2017 – NSA Research Forum, Fargo, ND
June 27-29, 2017 – NSA Summer Seminar, Rapid City, SD
Markets
CBoT soyoil rallied last week after the EPA Announced a 2017 biofuel mandate higher than expected. The mandate was 280 million gallons above estimates. This could lead to significantly higher usage of soyoil in biodiesel. This sent soybean oil futures to their highest level in more than two years. Some traders are thinking that soyoil values could move even higher if projected stocks drop to lower than expected levels. Sunflower prices did pick up some momentum from this news but ample seed supplies at the crush plants kept a lid on gains. Large harvest deliveries to crush plants from active producer selling in the late summer months plus deliveries of previous contracted seed have led to a soft nearby seed market. Producer selling will likely slow down given current pricing unless storage is an issue with the hope of a rally occurring later this year or early 2017. Reports are still coming out indicating that oil supplies are expected to tighten significantly in the 2016/17 marketing year as world consumption outstrips production. Even though sunflower prices did not fully participate in the oil rally, the EPA announcement and world oil supply situation are positive news for seed prices going forward. Seed prices should begin to follow CBoT soyoil futures more closely after the crush plants work through currently held stocks.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, November 28, 2016 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2017 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 29.10 34.64 36.71 +2.07 36.72
Fargo, ND NuSun 17.05 14.55 14.75 +.20 NQ
Enderlin, ND NuSun 17.15 14.80 14.85 +.05 NQ
Goodland, KS NuSun 16.75 14.45 14.65 +.20 NQ
Goodland, KS High Oleic 18.30 16.45 16.35 -.10 NQ
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, November 28, 2016
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 27.10 33.14 35.31 +2.07
Cotton Oil (psby) 46.42 44.64 46.71 +2.07
Corn Oil 39.25 44.50 44.50 NC
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