Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jun 04 2017
Crop Progress
Sunflower planting is progressing, and the crop is already emerged in the Dakotas  - North Dakota's sunflower is reported 81 percent planted and 25 percent emerged. And in South Dakota, 48 percent of the crop is planted, ahead of the average 33 percent.
Crop Progress - Monday, June 5, 2017
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 81 58 79 59
Emerged 25 13 40 NA
South Dakota        
Planted 48 30 47 33
Emerged 2 NA NA NA
Planted 19 4 20 26
Planted 65 59 62 78
Planted 94 85 98 78
Planted 12 5 22 25
Zidua Registration on Sunflower
BASF has received EPA registration for Zidua® herbicide on sunflower. Zidua can be applied preplant surface, preemergence, or early postermergence to sunflower for residual preemergence control of annual grasses, sedges, and annual broadleaf weeds. This product offers superior Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp control. To learn more about this product and the weeds it will control or suppress click here.
EPA Reopens Comment Period for Pyrethroids and Bifenthrin
July 7, 2017 is the new deadline for making comments to EPA on the benefits that ALL pyrethroid & bifenthrin insecticides bring to your operation. To make your efforts easier, please go to: and click on the tab for growers, retailers, CCA’s, Consultants’ and more to either use the pre-formatted letter or list your own experiences with pyrethroid benefits for responsible pest control.  Honest, individual comments are the best. The whole process will take no longer than five minutes. 
Sunflower prices followed the price movement on the CBoT and ended the week up 5 to 25 cents at the crush plants.  Sunflower planting is moving along at or ahead of the five-year average in most states. In the Northern Plains, very warm to hot conditions are indicated through the two-week period. The dry weather forecast in the US sunflower production region should allow for normal completion of planting. However, dryness is becoming more of a concern across the region. The NOAA drought forecast for June has drought either developing or persisting in the region. CBoT soybean contracts continue their slide since the USDA raised South America soybean production and increased US 2017/18 soybean carryout. The huge South American crop continues to increase with each new report.  Informa raised world the 2016 soybean crop 2.5 million metric tons (MMT). They raised Brazil to 114.5 MMT and Argentina to 58 MMT. Some market analysts have increased their Brazil soybean production to 115 MMT. The Brazilian Ag Minister estimated the 2017-18 soybean planted area to increase 2% to 3% next season. The slowdown in Chinese buying has also been weighing on prices. Overall large global supplies remain an anchor on oilseed prices. Weather and planting progress will remain the top mind for traders in the week ahead.
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