Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Dec 02 2019
Crop Progress
Harvest progress in the Dakotas and Minnesota remains behind the five-year average pace. In the High Plains, harvest is close to wrapping up and ahead of normal.
Crop Progress - Monday, December 2, 2019
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 51 41 86 94
South Dakota        
Harvested 71 60 81 94
Minnesota        
Harvested 87 79 100 100
Kansas        
Harvested 97 94 88 93
Colorado        
Harvested 98 97 89 96
Texas        
Harvested 94 90 89 91
Seed Quality
High Plains 2019 2018
Oil Content 39.7% 40.2%
Foreign Material 6.8% 5.0%
Moisture 6.8% 8.7%
Test Weight 28.4 lbs 28.2 lbs
Northern Plains 2019 2018
Oil Content 42.6% 44.0%
Foreign Material 6.0% 3.1%
Moisture 11.7% 10.7%
Test Weight 42.6 lbs 30.6 lbs
Grower Report
Lemmon, SD producer Lance Hourigan still has about 1,700 acres of high oleic sunflower to harvest, but harvest is at a standstill after a Thanksgiving blizzard that brought several inches of snow to his farm in northwestern South Dakota.  But, Hourigan says yields are good in the sunflower he did get harvested.
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Markets
A late harvest has crush plants searching for seed supplies. This is a bright spot for farmers looking to market this year’s crop as nearby prices are stronger than normal for this time of the year. Nearby prices have gained 30 to 40 cents per cwt. 2020 new crop prices have seen some upward movement as well gaining 20 to 45 cents. Seed quality remains generally very good. However, the longer the crop remains unharvested the more susceptible it will be to harvest and quality losses. Many producers are harvesting the crop and drying it to get to acceptable moisture levels for storage or delivery to processing plants.  Harvest progress in the Dakotas and Minnesota remains behind the five-year average pace. In the High Plains, harvest is close to wrapping up and ahead of normal. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 116,000 acres pushing 2019 harvested acres to about 805,000 acres. This represents 66% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is behind the five-year average of 94%. House Speaker Pelosi said Monday that Democratic lawmakers are close to agreeing on a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, but that they need to see progress made in negotiations put into writing by the USTR office before voting on USMCA. There's very little time left on the legislative calendar for Congress to ratify USMCA before the end of the year so it may not get a vote until early 2020.
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