Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 14 2016
The 2016 sunflower harvest is almost done, with all reporting states checking in with the majority of the crop harvested. Minnesota producers are 91% finished, Kansas producers report 79% of the sunflower crop has been harvested.
Crop Progress - Monday, November 14, 2016
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 85 75 88 81
South Dakota        
Harvested 93 89 84 82
Harvested 85 81 87 85
Harvested 79 65 81 80
Harvested 91 85 100 94
Harvested 90 82 87 82
Seed Quality
High Plains 2016 2015
Oil Content 40.9% 40.7%
Foreign Material 6.3% 6.6%
Moisture 7.7% 8.1%
Test Weight 30.6 lbs 31.2 lbs
Northern Plains 2016 2015
Oil Content 43.5% 43.3%
Foreign Material 3.5% 4.5%
Moisture 8.5% 9.8%
Test Weight 31.0 lbs 31.6 lbs
Mark Torno Joins NSA Board of Directors
Mark Torno, CROPLAN Seed, has joined the NSA Board of Directors as a representative of the hybrid seed industry. Torno is the Diverse Field Crops Marketing Manager for CROPLAN Seed. He has worked for WinField since 1997 in different roles from sales agronomist to his role now as marketing manager for wheat, sunflower, and canola. Torno grew up on his family’s farm near Bottineau, ND and is a graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Torno replaces Bill Gilbert on the NSA Board of Directors.
Grower Report
Sharon, ND grower Ben Vig wrapped up the sunflower harvest about three weeks ago, and is now hauling this year’s high oleic crop to market. Vig says the wet weather this summer did some damage, but it was still a decent crop.
Advent Seeds and Texas A&M AgriLife Research Form Partnership
Advanta Seeds, a UPL Group Company, has partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Research for seed technology research and development. The establishment of a new Advanta Seeds biotech research station will enhance the areas of mutual benefit between these two organizations. These include the breeding of sorghum, tropical and subtropical corn, tomatoes and hot peppers, as well as applying molecular markers to plant breeding in sunflower, canola, wheat and rice, among other crops. The research station aims to support all global research programs of Advanta Seeds. Advanta Seeds is an international leader in the research, development, production, and the sale of high-performance seeds and agricultural solutions.
Register Now for 2017 NSA Research Forum
Registration is open for the 2017 NSA Research Forum, scheduled for January 11-12, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Suites & Convention Center in Fargo, ND. Click here to register online. Pre-registration is $115. Fees increase to $130 on December 28. Registration at the door will be $155.
Upcoming Events
November 29-30, 2016 - Ag Horizons, Pierre, SD
December 6, 2016 - High Plains Committee Meeting, Goodland, KS
January 11-12, 2017 – NSA Research Forum, Fargo, ND
June 27-29, 2017 – NSA Summer Seminar, Rapid City, SD
USDA’s November Crop Production report for soybeans topped private industry estimates and caught the market by surprise. The U.S. soybean crop is now forecast 92 million bushels larger than the October forecast. USDA raised soybean ending stocks 85 million bushels. With the USDA production estimate in the market and harvest wrapping up in the Northern Hemisphere attention now shifts to demand and to South America's crops. Sunflower harvest is getting close to wrapping up in the US. Most states are equal to or slightly ahead of the five-year average harvest pace per USDA. Yield reports continue to be very positive and quality is generally very good. Yields are being reported in the 1,500-2,800-pound range with some reports over 3,000 pounds. Reports are still coming out indicating that oil supplies are expected to tighten significantly in the 2016/17 marketing year as world consumption outstrips production.   Despite record vegetable oil production this year, and essentially over the past three years, world vegetable oil stocks have been drawn down for four consecutive years. Some are suggesting that world vegetable oil stocks will end up at the lowest levels since the 2011-2012 season. This would allow world vegetable oil markets to firm up with the market becoming more oil driven rather than meal. This is positive news for sunflower as seed prices are primarily based on oil values.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, November 14, 2016 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2017 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 27.29 34.79 33.95 -.84 34.60
Fargo, ND NuSun 16.45 14.80 14.55 -.25 NQ
Enderlin, ND NuSun 16.55 14.90 14.55 -.35 NQ
Goodland, KS NuSun 16.15 14.55 14.20 -.35 NQ
Goodland, KS High Oleic 17.70 16.55 16.20 -.35 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, November 14, 2016
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 25.29 33.29 32.45 -.84
Cotton Oil (psby) 44.29 44.79 43.95 -.84
Corn Oil 39.25 45.50 45.50 NC
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