Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 19 2018
Crop Progress
Harvest continues in reporting states. Minnesota reports 90 percent of the sunflower crop harvested, slightly behind the average 95 percent. In South Dakota, 63 percent of the sunflower crop is reported harvested, well below the 93 percent average.
Crop Progress - Monday, November 19, 2018 
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 74 68 86 88
South Dakota        
Harvested 63 55 88 93
Harvested 90 83 96 95
Harvested 71 63 85 89
Harvested 72 56 86 88
Harvested 86 82 86 86
Seed Quality
High Plains 2018 2017
Oil Content 41.3% 39.23%
Foreign Material 4.9% 6.1%
Moisture 8.0% 7.9%
Test Weight 28.0 lbs 28.4 lbs
Northern Plains 2018 2017
Oil Content 44.0% 43.5%
Foreign Material 3.6% 3.3%
Moisture 8.9% 8.9%
Test Weight 31.5 lbs 31.0 lbs
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Sunflower prices at the crush plants ended the week unchanged. Birdfood prices continue to see little movement in either direction. Sunflower harvest continues to slowly move along in the US. Most states are 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 87,000 acres pushing 2018 harvested acres to almost 798,000 acres. This represents 70% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is behind the five-year average. Last year at this time 84% of the crop was harvested. Yields are being reported in the 1,500-2,800 pound range with some reports over 3,500 pounds. Seed quality remains generally very good. On the CBoT, traders are concerned about US soybean export demand and a mostly favorable South America weather outlook. This has led to choppy trade on most days. With the USDA November production estimate in the market and harvest wrapping up in the Northern Hemisphere attention will continue to be more focused on demand news and to South America's oilseed production prospects.For most commodities, producer selling will likely slow down given current pricing unless storage is an issue with the hope of a rally occurring later this year or early 2019.
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