Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 09 2015
Crop Progress
Harvest is nearing completion in all reporting states. Here’s just one example: 83% of North Dakota’s crop is reported harvested, well ahead of last year’s 69% at this time. 
State This
5 yr Avg
N. Dakota        
Harvested 83 70 69 73
S. Dakota        
Harvested 78 69 67 77
Harvested 86 85 89 84
Mature 95 89 93 98
Harvested 70 55 58 72
Harvested 83 71 60 75
Source:  USDA NASS

Call for Papers Deadline This Week
The deadline to submit your research paper to present at the National Sunflower Association’s Research Forum is this week. Papers must be submitted by November 13, 2015. Presentations may be either oral or in the form of a poster. Submit your application online at You do not have to submit the actual paper or poster at this time, just the information indicated online and the author information. The NSA Research Forum will be held January 12-13, 2016 in Fargo, ND. Register to attend the forum on our website
Grower Report
Harvest is winding down for Dickinson, ND area producer Art Ridl. Ridl says he’s got about three days left of the sunflower harvest. He says he’s seen above average yields on his 1,700 acres of high oleic sunflowers. Ridl says aside from some lodging issues – caused by a few days of 75 mph winds – he had no issues with this year’s sunflower crop. Ridl says this year’s harvest is about a week ahead of normal. 
Seed Quality
High Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 40.8% 39.5%
Foreign Material 6.8% 5.7%
Moisture 8.0% 8.5%
Test Weight 31.3lbs 30.0 lbs  
Seed Quality
Northern Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 43.2% 42.0%
Foreign Material 5.1% 5.7%
Moisture 9.4% 8.6%
Test Weight 30.9lbs 28.6 lbs  
The main market mover this week will be the USDA Supply and Demand report which is released on Tuesday. Traders expect USDA to bump up its forecast of soybean production. Reports of better than expected yields are giving the impression that the 2015 crop looks bigger than USDA's last estimate. Most private analysts have raised their estimates of the 2015 soybean crop so an increase would not be out of line. Traders are also expecting USDA to raise US soybean carryout higher than last month’s estimate. If this is the case it could keep rally potential limited. Reports are still coming out indicating that oil supplies are expected to tighten significantly in the 2015/16 marketing year as world consumption outstrips production. El Nino conditions are expected to lower SE Asia palm oil production thus drawing down other vegetable oil stocks. World vegetable oil markets are expected to firm up with the market becoming more oil driven rather than meal. This is positive news for sunflower as seed prices are primarily based on oil values. 
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