Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jun 19 2017
Crop Progress
Minnesota's sunflower crop looks good so far: 83 percent of that state's sunflower crop is reported in good to excellent condition. Meanwhile, planting is wrapping up in the remaining reporting states. North Dakota producers are 98 percent finished, with 80 percent of the crop reported emerged. 
Crop Progress - Monday, June 19, 2017
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 98 96 97 89
Emerged 80 51 79 NA
South Dakota        
Planted 92 72 78 69
Emerged 61 37 NA NA
Planted 67 34 67 65
Emerged 32 10 41 38
Planted 80 70 84 90
Planted 67 29 64 59
Crop Conditions - Monday, June 19, 2017
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Minnesota 0 0 17 75 8
Grower Report
Mohall, North Dakota producer Jeff Oberholtzer is grateful for the inch and a half of rain that fell on his crops over the past week. It’s the first significant moisture recorded on his north central North Dakota farm in over a month. Oberholtzer is now getting ready to spray his 1,600 acres of high oleic sunflower. He says aside from some wireworm issues, the crop looks good.
NSA Summer Seminar is Next Week
Farmers are heavily invested in the crops they plant, from soil conditions, seed variety, fertilizer, pesticides, and their combines. So when it comes time to harvest, it’s important to use the best equipment possible. That’s just one of several topics we’ll cover. This year is the 35th annual NSA Summer Seminar, planned for June 27-29 in Rapid City, South Dakota. There’s still time to register – click here to register online. Online registration will close Friday at 4:00 p.m. You can still register at the door, but registration will increase to $400 and golf to $140 at the door, so register now!
Sunflower prices continue to move upward gaining 20 cents this week at the crush plants.  This is the third week in row with positive price gains for old crop prices. Sunflower planting is wrapped up in North Dakota and Minnesota with South Dakota finishing soon. Planting is moving along in the High Plains states at or close to the five-year average in most states. In the past week, a larger area of the US sunflower production region has slid into a moderate to severe drought situation. There appears to be no relief in sight as the two-week weather forecast expects below normal precipitation to continue in the Northern Plains. Private estimates continue to roll out ahead of USDA’s June 30 planted acres report. Last week Informa estimated the US 2017 corn planted acres near 90.2 million versus 94 million last year. They estimated soybean acres at near 89.4 versus last year’s 83.4 million. There have also been rumors that USDA could look at the lack of prevent plant acres especially in North Dakota versus what they accounted for in the March intentions report and could make some acreage adjustments based on this. This could increase planted acres beyond what traders are currently anticipating and pressure new crop prices. Weather forecasts and crop condition ratings will remain the top mind for traders in the week ahead.
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