Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jan 22 2019
Nominations Invited for NSA Gold Award
Every year, the National Sunflower Association presents its Gold Award to an individual who has contributed extraordinarily to the overall sunflower industry, either through his or her occupation or through the National Sunflower Association. This award is considered to be the highest award that the NSA presents to individuals. The award has been given since 1989.  Some past Gold Award winners are John McLean, Larry Kleingartner, Duane Berglund, Sen. Mark Andrews, Chuck Moses, Jim Krogh, Gary Fick and Joe Caroline.Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 NSA Gold Award. Click here for the eligibility and criteria requirements. Nominations must be received by February 15, 2019. The NSA Board of Directors will review all submitted applications and choose a winner. The Gold Award will be presented during this year’s NSA Summer Seminar, set for June 25-27 in Medora, ND.
Upcoming North Dakota County Elections
Growers are invited to attend elections in their county for the sunflower representatives to the North Dakota Oilseed Council. Elections are being held in several areas in the next few weeks. Here is a list by county:
  • Grant County – January 29, 1 p.m.
  • Billings County – January 30, 6:30 p.m.
  • Mercer County – January 31, 11:30 a.m.
  • McKenzie County – February 1, 1 p.m.
  • Stark County – February 1, 2 p.m.
  • Walsh County- February 4, 1 p.m.
  • McLean County – February 6, 2:30 p.m.
  • Pembina County – February 7, 9 a.m.
  • Ramsey County – February 7, 10:50 a.m.
  • Burke County – February 12, 11:30 a.m.
  • Grand Forks County – February 27, 10 a.m.
District elections will be held in March. For more information on county elections, contact your county agent or the State Oilseed Council office.
Plan Now to Attend the 31st Annual CCTA High Plains No-Till Conference 
The Colorado Conservation Tillage Association’s High Plains No-Till Conference will be held February 5-6, 2019 in Burlington, CO. Click here for details and to register. The conference includes more than 50 breakout sessions covering soil health, general no-till, regenerative grazing, technology, farm business, and more.The NSA’s High Plains committee will be at the show and will give away one iPad per show, so if you attend, make sure you visit the High Plains booth.
Monitor Moisture of Binned Seeds
If you’ve got some of last year’s sunflower crop stored in bins, make sure you keep an eye on the seeds’ moisture level. The maximum recommended moisture content for stored sunflower is 9.5% through the winter months and 8% if the storage period is longer than about six months. It’s also important to check the sunflower weekly and make sure you check the sunflower, not the bin. Check by getting into the storage each time and walk, feel, smell, and probe the seeds. Remember, walking around in filled bins can be dangerous, so take extra precautions. Click here for more storage tips.
Upcoming Events
February 5-6, 2019 - CCTA Conference, Burlington, CO
March 19, 2019 - NSA High Plains Committee Meeting, Goodland, KS
June 25-27, 2019 - NSA Summer Seminar, Medora, ND
Nearby NuSun and high oleic prices were down 10 to up 5 cents this week at the crush plants. New crop was unchanged. New crop NuSun cash prices are currently in a range of $16.75-$17.25 with high oleics at $17.20-$18.00 depending on location.CBoT traders are keeping a close eye on US/China trade talks. Last week U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he did not see any progress made on structural issues that include intellectual property, stealing trade secrets and putting pressure on corporations to share information during trade talks with China the previous week in Beijing. The market reacted this news with losses across the soy complex. The two sides are trying to reach a deal that avoids a scheduled March 2 escalation of U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Chinese officials are scheduled to visit Washington for further trade talks at the end this month. South American weather conditions have not been favorable for crop development the past few weeks and this is giving the oilseed complex some positive news. Several private crop analysts have reduced 2019 production forecasts. The mostly hot and dry pattern in Brazil, is expected to extend for another two weeks giving the market some optimism for increased US exports. Price direction will continue to be determined by export demand news and South American oilseed production prospects in the near term.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2019 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 32.16 28.11 29.06 +.95 30.20
Fargo, ND NuSun 17.60 17.10 17.00 -.10 17.25
Fargo, ND High Oleic 17.50 17.10 17.00 -.10 17.25
Enderlin, ND NuSun 17.35 16.70 16.60 -.10 16.90
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 17.35 17.10 17.25 +.15 17.20
Goodland, KS NuSun 16.65 16.50 16.55 +.05 16.75
Goodland, KS High Oleic 17.65 17.60 17.65 +.05 18.00
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.
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Tuesday, January 22, 2109
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 30.36 27.60 28.26 +.66
Cotton Oil (psby) 30.16 33.40 35.06 +1.66
Corn Oil 35.00 30.00 30.00 NC
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