Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jul 15 2019
Crop Progress
South Dakota producers finished planting sunflower this week, right on schedule with last year as well as the five year average. And in North Dakota, the sunflower are beginning to bloom, with six percent of the crop reported blooming.
Crop Progress - Monday, July 15, 2019
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Emerged 99 94 100 100
Blooming 6 2 13 7
South Dakota        
Planted 100 98 100 100
Planted 97 93 99 98
Planted 93 90 95 96
Planted 89 85 NA NA
Harvested 4 2 41 NA
Crop Conditions - Monday, July 15, 2019
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 0 2 19 76 3
Colorado 0 0 19 75 6
Minnesota 0 2 18 68 12
USDA Extends Deadline to Report Spring-Seeded Crops for 12 States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for agricultural producers in state impacted by flooding and heavy moisture. The new July 22 deadline applies to producers in Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin for reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices and crop insurance agents. Producers not in the selected states must file reports or be added to a county register by the original July 15 deadline. Click here to learn more.
According to USDA, area planted to sunflower in 2019 increased 6 percent from 2018 and totals 1.38 million acres. USDA pegged U.S. sunflower production nearly unchanged in 2019/20 at 2.12 billion pounds. After this news hit the market, sunflower prices trended higher as the industry digested the numbers making sure to cover nearby needs. Old and new crop sunflower prices were up 5 to 10 cents last week at the crush plants.This was the first report of planted acres and these reports can change from month to month. Planting was still going on in some states when the survey was taken so changes to planted acres will most likely occur. In the past five years, USDA has changed final planted and harvested sunflower acres significantly by the time the final crop production numbers were released at the end of the year. The market is starting to reflect market fundamentals for this time of year. Now that the USDA report data is factored into the market, buyers will anxiously watch crop production prospects before making longer term purchases. Sunflower trading will be influenced to a greater extent by crop conditions and progress along with weather conditions in the near term.Mid-August through September is the critical time frame for sunflowers. So far this year most sunflower acreage in the Dakotas and Minnesota has been rated in good to excellent condition.
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