Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 02 2020
Crop progress
Harvest in the Dakotas is well ahead of a year ago; North Dakota reports 69% of the sunflower harvest complete. That's ahead of last year's 21%. In South Dakota the harvest is half finished, compared to 23% last year.
Crop Progress - Monday, November 2, 2020
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 69 58 21 54
South Dakota        
Harvested 50 39 23 52
Harvested 97 95 37 82
Harvested 90 79 76 60
Harvested 68 59 57 52
Harvested NA 83 83 81
Seed Quality
High Plains 2020 2019
Oil Content 40.2% 40.8%
Foreign Material 5.8% 5.5%
Moisture 8.0% 6.6%
Test Weight 29.4 lbs 29.1 lbs
Northern Plains 2020 2019
Oil Content 44.5% 44.6%
Foreign Material 3.8% 4.5%
Moisture 10.3% 11.5%
Test Weight 30.3 lbs 30.7 lbs
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Anxiety over a rise in global coronavirus cases last week sparked a selloff that started in the stock markets and quickly worked its way through other commodities such as soybeans and corn. Sunflower prices followed the trend of lower commodity prices to some degree. Nearby NuSun prices at the crush plants were mixed at up 15 to down 5 cents, with high oleic down 5 cents to unchanged last week. 2021 new crop was down 5 cents to unchanged. Several recent snow events in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota tamped the brakes on harvest progress for a few days. Sunflower harvest progress was moving at a rapid pace before the snow. Despite the snow, harvest did advance 10% to 64% complete for the week ending November 1. Harvest progress remains 10% ahead of the five-year average. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 158,000 acres pushing 2020 harvested acres to about 985,000 acres. Harvest progress remains about one week ahead of the five year average and four weeks ahead of last year at this same time. This week the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is expected to announce Harvest Prices for 2020 revenue insurance policies for sunflowers. The harvest price has risen to where it will take a yield loss to trigger a crop insurance payment. Harvest price per pound for oil-type sunflowers is 17.6 cents and confection sunflowers at 23.6 cents.  Spring prices were 16.9 cents for oils and 22.6 cents for confections.
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