New crop sunflower prices continue to roll at the crush plants. 2020 crop sunflower prices are out at the Cargill West Fargo crush plant with cash and Act of God (AOG) contracts available. NuSun is at $17.75 cash and $17.50 AOG. High oleic prices are $18.25 cash with $18.00 AOG. Something else to consider is the oil premiums that crush plants pay on sunflower. Sunflower is the only oilseed that pays premiums for oil content above 40%. Considering oil premiums that are offered at the crush plants on oil content above 40% at a rate of 2% price premium for each 1% of oil above 40%; this pushes a contract with 45% oil content gross return 10% higher per cwt. Nearby NuSun prices at the crush plants ended the week up 5 to 10 cents, while high oleic was unchanged to up 10 cents this week. At the beginning of October, harvest was underway but overall progress has been slow due to a major snowstorm that struck the Dakotas and Minnesota. So far, producers have harvested only 71,000 acres mainly in Colorado, Kansas and Texas. This represents 6% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is significantly behind the five-year average. Several days of warm dry weather will be needed before harvest can begin in most areas. Harvest progress, yield and crop quality will be key to prices going forward.