Sunflower Highlights
January 6, 2020
2020 NSA Research Forum is this week
The National Sunflower Association’s 42nd annual Sunflower Research Forum starts Wednesday, January 8. Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska and Texas A&M University will present their findings on sunflower studies they have conducted. Topics will cover everything from diseases, insects, irrigation, blackbirds, and more. The forum is set for January 8-9 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND. This is an annual event designed to learn about research, promote discussion and stimulate creative thinking. It’s not too late to attend; you can register at the door on Wednesday morning! Click here for more information.
David Lyall to speak at NSA Research Forum
David Lyall will be the noon speaker at this year’s forum. Lyall is CEO and Co-Founder of Bee Innovative, an Australian AgTech company, and is the inventor of “BeeDar.’ Bee Innovative has developed a unique, drone-based technology for precision pollination that promises to increase yields and improve accuracy and efficacy of crop pollination season to season but also has a vital role to play in protecting and improving the health of our honeybee populations. Lyall will talk about putting the power of pollination back in your hands and protecting our bee populations into the future. 
Production guides for sunflower available on NSA website
It’s never too early to think about spring planting. Our Sunflower Production Resource Books have a lot of helpful information. Click here to check out the Sunflower Production Resource Book for your area. The book provides guidelines and recommendations on production practices, pest identification, field selection and more.
‘Cover Your Acres’ conference is next week
The National Sunflower Association’s High Plains Committee is proud to be a sponsor of the 2020 ‘Cover Your Acres’ winter conference, scheduled for January 14-15 at the Gateway in Oberlin, Kansas. ‘Cover Your Acres’ is a research-based conference for new ideas and updates in crop production practices relevant to the Central Plains. This is a producer-driven educational conference resulting from a partnership of K-State Research and Extension and the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance. Click here to learn more and to register.
CHS obtains exclusive rights to Corteva Agriscience confectionary sunflower breeding program
CHS Inc. has obtained exclusive breeding and distribution rights to the Corteva Agriscience confectionary sunflower and conoil sunflower programs in North America. This will expand the number of sunflower hybrids available to CHS contract growers and farmer-owners and provide more high-value market opportunities.  For the 2020 growing season, the Corteva Agriscience conoil hybrid sunflower seeds will be marketed directly through CHS Sunflower and select CHS retail locations. Beginning in 2021, CHS will add the full portfolio of Corteva Agriscience confectionary program to their existing Royal Hybrid line up.
Upcoming Events
January 8-9, 2020 – NSA Research Forum, Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND 
June 23-25, 2020 – NSA Summer Seminar, Spearfish, SD
Markets
The rally in sunflower prices is heating up again at the crush plants with nearby prices adding another 10 to 30 cents per cwt this week. A late and slower than normal harvest has oilseed crushers searching for seed supplies.  In the past two weeks, producers harvested an additional 75,000 acres pushing 2019 harvested acres to about 973,000 acres. This represents 80% of 2019’s projected harvested acres. Sunflower harvest in the High Plains states is wrapped up. The remaining twenty percent of the crop still in field is in the Dakotas and Minnesota and may not be harvested until spring. Producers leaving sunflower harvest until spring mention high moisture as the reason for the harvest delay. On January 10, the USDA will issue an important monthly USDA report which will include updated US and World Supply and Demand tables, US Winter Wheat plantings, and Quarterly Stocks. In the report USDA, will release its latest 2019 sunflower production estimate. Most traders expect USDA to lower yields and total production due to the difficult harvest conditions producers faced this past growing season. On the CBoT, trading has been driven by positioning ahead of this week’s USDA reports. Talk of higher palm oil prices have been helping soyoil prices. Traders have also been talking about South American weather and how U.S. demand prospects will shape up going into the late winter, early spring time periods.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, January 6, 2020 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2020 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 28.26 35.17 34.24 -.93 35.42
Fargo, ND NuSun 17.40 19.25 19.50 +.25 18.75
Fargo, ND High Oleic 17.40 19.45 19.75 +.30 19.25
Enderlin, ND NuSun 16.80 19.20 19.50 +.30 18.80
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 17.20 19.40 19.70 +.30 19.30
Goodland, KS NuSun 16.70 18.35 18.45 +.10 18.55
Goodland, KS High Oleic 17.80 19.10 19.20 +.10 19.35
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, January 6, 2020
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 27.76 34.57 34.02 -.55
Cotton Oil (psby) 33.51 42.17 41.24 -.93
Corn Oil 30.00 31.00 31.00 NC
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