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Sunflower Highlights

Crop Progress
Producers in Colorado, Kansas and Texas have made excellent harvest progress and are well ahead of the five-year average pace. In the Dakotas and Minnesota harvest remains behind the five-year average. 

Crop Progress - Monday, November 4, 2019
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Mature 100 96 --- ---
Harvested 25 11 59 65
South Dakota        
Harvested 28 12 41 62
Minnesota        
Harvested 37 20 71 82
Kansas        
Harvested 63 43 49 53
Colorado        
Harvested 78 72 42 58
Texas        
Harvested 83 80 77 81


Seed Quality
High Plains 2019 2018
Oil Content 40.8% 41.3%
Foreign Material 5.5% 4.7%
Moisture 6.6% 7.9%
Test Weight 29.1 lbs 29.4 lbs
Northern Plains 2019 2018
Oil Content 44.6% 44.3%
Foreign Material 4.5% 3.6%
Moisture 11.5% 9.1%
Test Weight 30.7 lbs 31.0 lbs


Grower Report
Bismarck, ND area producer Clark Coleman finished harvesting his sunflower on Saturday. He says despite a rainy summer and an early October blizzard, his high oleic sunflower crop was overall a pretty decent one. He says finishing harvest on November 2 is a little late, but he has cut ‘flowers even later into November in past years.

Call for Papers
There’s still time to submit your research paper to present at the NSA Research Forum, set for January 8-9, 2020 in Fargo, ND. For more information, click here. You can submit your application there too. You’ll also find registration information and a link on our website. Submissions must be completed by November 15, 2019.

Markets
In the Dakotas and Minnesota, a much colder dry weather pattern has allowed for improved ground conditions and harvest progress. Crush plants are taking in seed at higher moisture levels than normally allowed to aid producers in getting their sunflowers harvested. As a result, deliveries to the crush plants has increased as producers are prioritizing sunflower harvest and delivery to take advantage of the current uptrend in nearby prices. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 178,000 acres pushing 2019 harvested acres to about 390,000 acres. This represents 32% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is behind the five-year average of 62%. Producers in Colorado, Kansas and Texas have made excellent harvest progress and are well ahead of the five-year average pace. In the Dakotas and Minnesota harvest remains behind the five-year average. Much below normal temperatures coupled with dry conditions are expected to last well into the third week of November and should aid in harvest progress. This week the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is expected to announce Harvest Prices for 2019revenue insurance policies for sunflowers. The harvest price per pound for oil-type sunflowers should be 16.1cents and confection sunflowers at 21.9cents.  The spring prices were 16.7cents for oils and 22.5cents for confections. Given the drop between the spring and fall prices producers should contact their local crop insurance agent to see if they are eligible for an indemnity payment.

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