Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 16 2015
Crop Progress
Harvest is nearly complete in all reporting states. In North Dakota, 90 percent of the sunflower crop is harvested; 87 percent is complete in South Dakota, ahead of last year’s 79 percent. 
State This
5 yr Avg
N. Dakota        
Harvested 90 83 81 85
S. Dakota        
Harvested 87 78 79 85
Harvested 88 86 90 88
Harvested 85 70 72 84
Harvested 88 83 74 85
Source:  USDA NASS
Sunflower Exempt From FSMA Produce Rule
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule last Friday. When first released the rule was unclear whether sunflower would be exempt. NSA submitted detailed comments and held meetings with FDA to persuade them to exempt sunflower. NSA members and government officials from sunflower producing states worked diligently as well to gain this exemption. We are pleased that FDA viewed our comments favorably and made this decision. The sunflower industry will need to monitor other FSMA rules in regards to transportation, food and feed as they pertain to all products including sunflower.
USDA NASS to Collect 2015 Crop Production and Crop Stocks Data
As the 2015 growing season comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end off-farm grain and oilseed stocks. The information will be compiled, analyzed, and then published in a series of USDA reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and quarterly Grain Stocks report to be released January 12. 
Seed Quality
High Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 40.7% 40.8%
Foreign Material 6.6% 5.1%
Moisture 8.1% 8.1%
Test Weight 31.2 lbs 30.0 lbs  
Seed Quality
Northern Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 43.3% 41.9%
Foreign Material 4.5% 5.2%
Moisture 9.8% 9.5%
Test Weight 31.6 lbs 28.6 lbs  
Register Now for 2016 Research Forum
Registration for the 2016 NSA Research Forum is now open on our website. The Research Forum is scheduled for January 12-13, 2016 at the Ramada Plaza Suites and Convention Center in Fargo, ND. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramada and also at the Expressway Suites. Both blocks of rooms are reserved under the NSA Research Forum. Find more hotel information on our website. If you have questions, call Tina Mittelsteadt at 888-718- 7022 ext. 3 or email
Sun Oil Exports up to Japan
At the end of the 2014-15 marketing year, sunflower oil exports to Japan nearly doubled from a year ago. From October 2014 to September 2015, Japan imported 4,384 metric tons (MT) of sunflower oil, compared to 2,575 MT during the same time period in 2013-14. Canada remains the top importer of sunflower oil, importing 18,944 MT from October 2014 to September 2015. Overall, U.S. sunflower oil exports were lower for October 2014 to September 2015 from the same time period the previous year. 28,945 metric tons of sunflower oil were exported during the 2014-15 marketing year, compared to 37,184 MT during October 2013-September 2014. 
Exports of Sunflower Kernel Increase
Exports of U.S. sunflower kernel are up from last year, with exports to Mexico and Korea nearly doubling. From October 2014 to September 2015, Mexico imported 2,167 metric tons (MT) of sunflower kernel, compared to 1,183 MT during the same time frame a year ago. From October 2014 to September 2015, Korea imported 2,397 MT, compared to 1,208 MT at the same time the prior year. Overall, sunflower kernel exports are up from 10,554 MT a year ago to 11,699 MT through September of the current marketing year. Spain remains the top importer of in- shell sunflower, importing 20,593 MT from October 2014 to September 2015. In-shell exports as of the end of September were down slightly from a year ago, at 56,673 MT compared to 69,569 MT during October 2013 to September 2014. 
Upcoming Events
December 1-2, 2015 – Ag Horizons Conference, Pierre, SD
December 10, 2015 – High Plains Committee Meeting, Goodland, KS
January 12-13, 2016 – NSA Research Forum, Fargo, ND
June 28-30, 2016 – NSA Summer Seminar, Bismarck, ND
USDA’s November Crop Production report for soybeans topped all private industry estimates and caught the market by surprise. The U.S. soybean crop is now forecast at 3.98 billion bushels, 93.6 million bushels larger than the October forecast. USDA raised soybean ending stocks 40 million bushels to 465 million. If realized, ending stocks would be the highest since 2006/07. Global oilseed production for 2015/16 is projected at 531.0 million tons, down slightly from last month. Lower sunflower and cottonseed production account for most of the change with nearly offsetting increases projected for soybeans and rapeseed. With the USDA production estimate in the market and harvest wrapping up in the Northern Hemisphere attention now shifts to demand and to South America's crops. Brazil is expected to produce a record 100 million metric ton soybean crop. Estimates of 2016 US crop acres are also starting to come out. One private group estimated US 2016 corn acres near 90.1 million versus 88.4 in 2015. Their 2016 soybean acres estimate was near 85.3 versus 83.2 in 2015. 
Weekly Prices
Recorded on Monday, November 16, 2015 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2016 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 32.45 27.77 27.29 -.48 28.57
Fargo, ND NuSun 17.60 16.35 16.45 +.10 16.90
Enderlin, ND NuSun 17.50 16.40 16.55 +.15 16.85
Goodland, KS NuSun 17.60 16.25 16.15 -.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.
recorded on Monday, November 16, 2015
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 31.95 26.02 25.29 -.73
Cotton Oil (psby) 42.45 44.77 44.29 -.48
Corn Oil 35.50 39.25 39.25 NC
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