Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 07 2019
Crop Progress
North Dakota's sunflower crop is more than 50% mature, but it's still well behind last year, when 89% of the crop was mature. Still, 69% of the state's crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Minnesota reports 75% of the sunflower crop there is also in good to excellent condition.
Crop Progress - Monday, October 7, 2019
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Bracts Yellow 88 74 --- ---
Mature 53 36 89 78
Harvested 7 3 11 5
Harvested 8 1 --- 3
Harvested 71 69 68 66
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 7, 2019
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 0 2 29 62 7
Colorado 0 0 24 66 10
Minnesota 1 1 23 66 9
Grower Report
It’s been a wet season in Texas. Mike Williams of SunGold Foods in Lubbock, Texas says harvest has been start and stop because of the weather, but despite all the rain, he expects the sunflower crop to be at least average.
Call for Papers
We are looking for research papers to be presented at the NSA Research Forum, set for January 8-9, 2020 in Fargo, ND. Presentations may be either oral or in the form of a poster. A time will be designated for authors to be with their posters and answer questions. Each oral presentation will be limited to 10-12 minutes with 2-3 minutes allowed for questions. Click here if you are interested in presenting a paper. You do not have to submit the actual paper or poster at this time, just the information indicated online and the author information. Submissions must be completed by November 15, 2019. 
2020 new crop sunflower prices continue to roll out at the crush plants. Last week the ADM Goodland crush plant announced that Act of God (AOG) contracts are available for the 2020 crop year. NuSun is at $17.00 with high oleic at $18.25. Nearby prices at the crush plants ended the week mixed at unchanged to up 10 cents.  Also, last week USDA released its latest grain stocks report. USDA reported old crop sunflower stocks in all positions on September 1, 2019 totaled 286 million pounds, down 26 percent from a year ago. All stocks stored on farms totaled 65.7 million pounds and off-farm stocks totaled 220 million pounds. Stocks of oil type sunflower seed are 216 million pounds; of this total, 60.8 million pounds are on-farm stocks and 155 million pounds are off-farm stocks. Non-oil sunflower stocks totaled 70.4 million pounds, with 4.92 million pounds stored on the farm and 65.4 million pounds stored off the farm. On October 10 USDA will give its first estimate of 2019 US harvested sunflower acres and production. In states reporting crop conditions, the crop is being rated at 69 to 76 percent good to excellent condition. However, significant above normal rainfall in September in the Dakotas and Minnesota could affect overall production and crop quality. Several days of warm dry weather will be needed before harvest can begin in most areas. 
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