Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 23 2015
Crop Progress
Harvest is nearly complete in all reporting states. South Dakota reports 96% of the  crop harvested, ahead of last year’s 85% at this time. North Dakota is also ahead of last year, with 95% of the sunflower crop reported harvested, compared to 85% last year.
State This
5 yr Avg
N. Dakota        
Harvested 95 90 85 91
S. Dakota        
Harvested 96 87 85 92
Harvested 89 88 91 89
Harvested 91 85 84 92
Harvested 92 88 88 94
Source:  USDA NASS
Grower Report
Harvest is winding down in Texas, and Mike Williams of SunGold Foods Inc. says it’s been a good harvest. Williams says yields in Texas have been average to above average and the quality of the sunflower harvested is very good. 
USDA Allocates MAP and FMD Funds
The National Sunflower Association has been awarded more than $1.3 million from USDA for Fiscal Year 2016. NSA will receive $1,137,908 for Market Access Program (MAP) and $236,524 for Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. Under MAP, the Foreign Ag Service will provide $172 million to 62 nonprofits and cooperatives to promote their products around the globe. FMD will provide $27.5 million to 23 agricultural trade organizations for the generic promotion of U.S. commodities. USDA says an independent study released in 2010 found the MAP and FMD programs provide $35 in economic benefits from each dollar spent.
Seed Quality
High Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 40.7% 41.8%
Foreign Material 6.6% 4.6%
Moisture 8.1% 8.2%
Test Weight 31.2 lbs 30.7 lbs  
Seed Quality
Northern Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 42.5% 41.3%
Foreign Material 4.0% 5.8%
Moisture 9.0% 9.5%
Test Weight 30.5 lbs 28.7 lbs  
Sunflower prices had a good week as new crop NuSun contracts gained 35 cents and topped $17 per cwt. Nearby prices added 35 to 40 cents at the crush plants. The rally in seed prices was supported by stronger oil values. A firming up in palm oil prices and a potential drop in soymeal demand has lift world vegetable oil prices. El Nino concerns are underpinning palm oil prices on talk that dry weather will trim palm oil output gains and result in lower 2016 production. Less palm oil could lead to more business for sunflower oil in the coming marketing year. Talk of a potential drop in total US soybean meal demand could drop the crush rate which in turn will tighten US soyoil supplies. CBoT traders are having concerns that slower demand for soybeans will lead to difficulty in moving this fall's record harvest while South America is planting another record crop. Obviously, there is still a lot of time between now and South America's harvest, but so far, planting is making progress and there are chances for beneficial rains in the five-day forecast.
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