Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 13 2018
Crop Progress
Minnesota's sunflower harvest is 63 percent complete, behind the average of 90 percent. In Colorado, 56 percent of the crop is harvested, and 58 percent of the crop is reported in good to excellent condition.
Crop Progress - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 68 61 80 74
South Dakota        
Harvested 55 45 79 76
Harvested 83 73 92 90
Harvested 63 51 71 72
Harvested 56 44 77 80
Harvested 82 78 83 81
Crop Conditions - Tuesday, November 13, 2018
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Colorado 2 15 25 55 3
Sunflower Production Meeting Scheduled
Colorado State University Extension will host a sunflower production meeting on Monday, November 26. The meeting will be held at the Prowers County Fairgrounds Home Ec Building and will be held from 12- 2:30 p.m. The program will begin with a noon lunch complements of the Colorado Sunflower Administrative Committee (CSAC). Topics addressed will include advanced production strategies, controlling broadleaf and grassy weeds in sunflower, and marketing sunflower. Call CSU Extension Agent Kelly Roesch at 719-336-7734 to be counted for lunch.
ADM and Cargill Form Technology Joint Venture
ADM and Cargill have agreed to form a technology joint venture, Grainbridge LLC. The joint venture intends to provide grain marketing decision support, e-commerce and account management software for North American farmers. This includes the development of digital tools designed to help farmers across the U.S. and Canada consolidate information on production economics and grain marketing activities into a single digital platform, at no cost to them. One of the first tools being developed by Grainbridge will give farmers secure access to their combined ADM and Cargill transactions, including contracts, scale tickets and payment information. This dashboard is being designed to provide farmers with insights into their current grain position and real-time opportunities. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the next few months. Terms of the joint venture are not being disclosed. To learn more, visit
Upcoming Events
November 27-28, 2018 – Ag Horizons, Pierre, SD
December 4, 2018– High Plains Committee Meeting,Goodland, KS
January 9-10, 2019 – NSA Research Forum, Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND 
June 25-27, 2019 – NSA Summer Seminar, Medora, ND
Seed Quality
High Plains 2018 2017
Oil Content 41.3% 41.3%
Foreign Material 4.9% 5.8%
Moisture 8.0% 9.3%
Test Weight 28.0 lbs 29.4lbs
Northern Plains 2018 2017
Oil Content 44.3% 43.4%
Foreign Material 3.4% 4.8%
Moisture 8.8% 8.9%
Test Weight 31.6 lbs 30.8 lbs
USDA delivered bearish news to traders in their November report last week.  USDA pegged soybean production at a record 4.6 billion bushels, down 90 million bushels, or about 2%, from the October forecast. However, domestic soybean ending stocks came in at 955 million bushels, up 70 million bushels from last month as USDA reduced soybean exports by 160 million bushels on lower sales forecasts to China.Sunflower harvest continues to slowly move along in the US. Most states are equal to or trailing the five-year average harvest pace per USDA. Wet and below normal cold weather has hampered harvest progress in the largest production area of the Dakotas and Minnesota. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 102,900 acres pushing 2018 harvested acres to more than 710,000 acres. This represents 62% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is behind the five-year average. Last year at this time 81% of the crop was harvested. Seed quality remains generally very good. Sunflower prices at the crush plants ended the week mixed at unchanged to up 5 cents. New crop sunflower prices are out at the crush plants with cash and Act of God (AOG) contracts available. Something else to consider is the oil premiums that crush plants pay on sunflower.With the USDA production estimate in the market and harvest wrapping up in the Northern Hemisphere attention now shifts to demand and to South America's crops.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2019 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 34.33 29.90 27.55 -.35 29.22
Fargo, ND NuSun 17.50 16.70 16.70 NC 17.00
Fargo, ND High Oleic 17.40 NQ NQ ---- 17.00
Enderlin, ND NuSun 17.45 16.50 16.55 +.05 17.00
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 17.45 16.55 16.55 NC 17.00
Goodland, KS NuSun 16.55 16.65 16.65 NC NQ
Goodland, KS High Oleic 17.55 17.75 17.75 NC 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 November 13, 2018
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 32.83 27.30 26.95 -.35
Cotton Oil (psby) 33.33 29.90 29.55 -.35
Corn Oil 37.50 30.00 30.00 NC
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