Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jan 11 2016
National Sclerotinia Initiative Meeting Set for Next Week
NSA representatives will be attending the annual National Sclerotinia Initiative meeting on January 20-22 in Minneapolis. The ARS-led Initiative supports projects aimed at neutralizing white mold’s economic threat to seven different crops: sunflower, soybean, canola, edible dry beans, chickpeas, lentils and dry peas. This consortium of federal and state university scientists includes 10 land grant universities and five crop commodity groups, and is led by the Agricultural Research Service, the USDA’s chief scientific research agency. 
NSA Research Forum Starts Tomorrow
The National Sunflower Association’s 38th annual Sunflower Research forum begins tomorrow morning in Fargo, ND. Researchers from the Dakotas, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Canada will present. It’s not too late to attend – you can register at the door. For more information and a schedule, visit
2016 Crop Profitability Analyzer Available Online
Producers in the Texas High Plains have a new budgeting tool available with the release of the 2016 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer. A team of AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M AgriLife Research specialists created the tool, with a producer advisory committee. The irrigated crops available for analysis are: alfalfa, canola, corn, corn silage, cotton, peanuts, sorghum, sorghum seed, sorghum silage, sorghum Sudan grass, soybeans, sunflowers, triticale and wheat. Dry land crops include canola, cotton, sorghum, sorghum Sudan grass, sunflowers, and wheat. The spreadsheet program contains four sections where analysis is performed: enterprise budget, breakeven, comparative, and irrigation. The budget cost estimates are averages and producers will need to modify the budgets and change input costs and yields to fit their operations. The 2016 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer can be downloaded for free at
Read The Sunflower Online
South Dakota’s Sully County is the top sunflower-producing county in the nation. That’s just one of the articles you’ll find in this month’s issue of The Sunflower magazine. The magazine also includes results of the 2015 Sunflower Survey, a look at how confections are changing, as well as a Wisconsin sunflower love story. You can read all that and more online at
'Cover Your Acres' Conference Next Week
The National Sunflower Association High Plains Committee is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s “Cover Your Acres” Winter Conference, scheduled for January 19-20 in Oberlin, Kansas. The conference is for crop producers, consultants, and others interested in northwest Kansas agriculture. The meeting is a producer-driven program focused on new ideas and research-based updates in crop production in northwest Kansas and the central High Plains. The conference typically draws more than 600 attendees from Kansas and other states, highlights the latest technology, methods and conservation practices to improve crop production the High Plains. This year, it will feature university specialists and industry representatives discussing issues such as kochia and palmer amaranth control, soil microbiology, new pests in wheat and sorghum, farm profitability, managing soil pH, unmanned aerial vehicles, weather forecasting, the economics of fertility management, and an economic comparison of today’s farms to those of the 1980s. Early registration is due by January 13. Continuing education unit credits are available. For more conference details and online registration, visit
Water Management Workshop Scheduled
The annual Drainage Design Workshop will be held at two locations in 2016:
  • North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND - January 26-27
  • Southwest State University in Marshall, MN - February 17-18.
The two-day workshop is intended for those interested in a more complete understanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage, sub-irrigation, and water table management systems. Topics covered will include the legal aspects of drainage, basics of drainable soils, agronomic perspectives, doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, utilization of lift stations, sub-irrigation, a farmer panel and wetlands and conservation drainage concepts and techniques. The workshop is a collaborative effort of the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University Extension Services. To register for either of the workshops, visit
Upcoming Events
January 12-13, 2015 – NSA Research Forum, Fargo, ND
June 28-30 – 2015 NSA Summer Seminar, Bismarck, ND 
Trading this week will be guided by the USDA reports released tomorrow. USDA will give its final estimates of all 2015 crops and stocks. Most traders do not look for USDA to make big changes to the size of the US 2015 sunflower crop or carryout on their January 12 report. Traders are also keeping an eye on very big crops down in South America. Good weather and frequent rain showers have helped crops in Argentina and Brazil and have kept a lid on U.S. soybean prices. Traders are thinking that beneficial South American weather plus current estimates of U.S. soybean planting intentions could pressure prices in 2016 unless the U.S. crop is significantly smaller and China's demand is much stronger than anticipated despite its sputtering economy. The US dollar continues to trade higher against a basket of currencies. This could lead to a slowdown in exports. The world oilseed market is expected to be more oil driven in 2016 rather than meal. Oil stocks are tighter than a year ago and there are some concerns for palm oil production this year. This scenario looks promising for high oil content seeds such as sunflower.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, January 11, 2016 ($/CWT
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2016 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 32.45 29.93 29.08 -.85 29.97
Fargo, ND NuSun 19.25 16.25 16.05 -.20 17.00
Enderlin, ND NuSun 19.15 16.35 16.15 -.10 16.75
Goodland, KS NuSun 19.90 15.90 15.75 -.15 15.15
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 11, 2016
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 32.60 28.18 27.50 -.68
Cotton Oil (psby) 47.60 47.12 44.25 -2.87
Corn Oil 25.50 38.50 38.50 NC
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