Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jan 07 2019
2019 NSA Research Forum is This Week
The National Sunflower Association’s 41stannual Sunflower Research Forum starts Wednesday.Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University and University of Nebraska will present their findings on sunflower studies they have conducted. Topics will cover everything from diseases, insects, irrigation, blackbirds, and more. The forum is set for January 9-10 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND. The forum is an annual event designed to learn about research, promote discussion, and stimulate creative thinking. It’s not too late to attend; you can register at the door on Wednesday morning! Click here for more information and a schedule. 
David Lyall to Speak at NSA Research Forum
David Lyall will be the noon speaker at this year’s Research Forum. Lyall is CEO and Co-Founder of Bee Innovative, an Australian AgTech company, and is the inventor of “BeeDar.’ Bee Innovative has developed a unique, drone-based technology for precision pollination that promises to increase yields and improve accuracy and efficacy of crop pollination season to season but also has a vital role to play in protecting and improving the health of our honey bee populations. Lyall will talk about putting the power of pollination back in your hands and protecting our bee populations into the future.
Yield Trials and Hybrid Disease Ratings Available Online
Yield trials are an important way for producers to look at a hybrid’s performance in several locations over several years and environments. Yield is one component of the trials. Click here to find yield trials and hybrid disease ratings for your state.
Production Guides for Sunflower Available on NSA Website
It’s never too early to start thinking about spring planting. Our Sunflower Production Resource Books have lots of helpful information. Click here to access them all on our website. Check out the Sunflower Production Resource Book for your area. The books provide guidelines and recommendations on production practices, pest identification, field selection, and more.
‘Cover Your Acres’ Conference is Next Week
The National Sunflower Association’s High Plains Committee is proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 ‘Cover Your Acres’ winter conference, scheduled for January 15-16, 2019 at the Gateway in Oberlin, Kansas. ‘Cover Your Acres’ is a research based educational conference for producers and industry leaders. It is a conference for new ideas and updates in crop production practices relevant to the Central Plains. This is a producer-driven conference resulting from a partnership of K-State Research and Extension and the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance. Click here to learn more and to register.
Upcoming Events
January 9-10, 2019 – NSA Research Forum, Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND 
June 25-27, 2019 – NSA Summer Seminar, Medora, ND
Nearby NuSun prices were down 25 to up 15 cents with high oleic down 10 to up 20 cents this week at the crush plants. 2019 new crop NuSun and high oleic prices moved another 10 cents higher this week. USDA announced on its website last Friday that due to the lapse in federal funding, work on various USDA reports will remain suspended and report releases will be determined and made public once funding has been restored. This means that the annual crop production report for sunflower will not be available as planned on January 11.  This report would have given producers and the trade their most current look at 2018 harvested acres and production figures for oil and non-oil sunflower. The lack of USDA reports has not affected trade in the near term but will become more relevant if the shutdown drags on for a longer time period. The birdfood market has been somewhat quiet. Warmer than normal temperatures with little snow on the US East Coast, the primary market for birdfood, continues to be a drag on demand. On the CBoT, thesoy complex continues to push higher on weather concerns in South America and continued optimism that the upcoming trade talks in Beijing thisweek will go well.Overall 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 Monday, January 7, 2019 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2019 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 33.43 27.90 28.26 +.36 29.61
Fargo, ND NuSun 17.65 17.25 17.40 +.15 17.25
Fargo, ND High Oleic 17.55 17.20 17.40 +.20 17.25
Enderlin, ND NuSun 17.45 17.05 16.80 +.25 17.00
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 17.45 17.30 17.20 -.10 17.30
Goodland, KS NuSun 16.75 16.60 16.70 +.10 NQ
Goodland, KS High Oleic 17.75 17.70 17.80 +.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.
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, January 7, 2109
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 31.69 27.40 27.76 +.36
Cotton Oil (psby) 32.43 33.18 33.51 +.33
Corn Oil 36.50 30.00 30.00 NC
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