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National Sunflower Association

Sunflower Highlights

NSA Website Provides Helpful Information for Producers
Have questions about growing sunflowers? You’ll find the answers to your questions on our website! Click here, then click on the “growers” section – you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions there, as well as links to more information about many important topics, including approved chemicals, production, marketing, crop insurance and more.

Register Now for 2019 NSA Summer Seminar
Registration is now open for our 2019 NSA Summer Seminar, scheduled for June 26-27, 2019. This year’s Summer Seminar will be held in Medora, North Dakota. Click here to register on our website. You’ll find our tentative schedule too, as well as hotel information and more. Pre-registration will begin at $325 and golf at $145, so register early for the best price. A block of rooms has been reserved in Medora. To make your reservation, visit www.medora.com, select hotel reservations and enter check-in and check-out dates. You also need to enter Group Code 5781. Note: The total per/room you’ll see when making your reservation is for your entire stay; it is not a nightly rate. You can also call 1-800-633-6721 and ask for the NSA block of rooms. The program is being finalized now and more information will be coming soon. If you’d like to attend the Medora Musical while you’re there, the NSA has reserved a block of tickets. Call 1-800-Medora-1 to reserve and purchase your tickets within that block. Contact Tina Mittelsteadt at tinam@sunflowernsa.com with questions.

Sunflower Planting Pointers
With sunflower planting just around the corner, paying attention to planter calibration and planter speed can go a long way to achieving a successful, uniform sunflower stand. Click here to see the top ten sunflower planting pointers.

Markets
The markets were fairly quiet ahead of Easter weekend. Old and new crop sunflower prices were unchanged this week. At this point traders are not concerned about planning delays in the Midwest. Planting progress is behind the five year average but thoughts are there is still plenty of time to get the crop in the ground. Market concerns are building over slowing Chinese consumption of soybeans due to the devastation to its hog herd caused by African swine flu. CBoT traders fear this could result in China not needing to buy many more soybeans from the US this year even with a successful conclusion to a new trade deal. China already has nearly 300 million bushels of unshipped purchases from the US on the books. If this situation unfolds it would put additional pressure on old and new crop soybean prices in the near term as the market tries to pare back projected 2019 soybean acres. According to Oil Worldvegetable oil prices are expected to be supported by a slowing down in world production growth for soybean, rapeseed and palm oil. Increased oil import demand in China and India coupled with further growth in biodiesel production will also be supportive to oil prices. This is positive news for sunflower as the sunflower market is mainly driven by oil values. Trading for the next few weeks will focus on 2019 acreage, export sales, plus US/China trade talks.

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