Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 22 2018
Crop Progress
Harvest in North Dakota is on schedule, with 30 percent of the crop reported harvested, which is ahead of the 25 percent average for this time of year. Also in North Dakota, 68 percent of the sunflower crop is reported in good to excellent condition. 
Crop Progress - Monday, October 22, 2018 
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 30 15 29 25
South Dakota        
Harvested 8 5 30 32
Harvested 33 17 47 49
Harvested 25 16 15 27
Harvested 20 8 11 31
Harvested 72 70 68 70
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 22, 2018
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 0 5 27 66 2
Minnesota 0 2 29 53 16
Colorado 2 3 29 58 8
Call for Papers
We are looking for research papers to be presented at the NSA Research Forum, set for January 9-10, 2019 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 16, 2018. Registration for the Research Forum is now open; click here to register.
Overall the sunflower market has maintained its relative price strength from highs set this spring. This is largely due to sunflower not facing retaliatory tariffs from our trading partners and a tighter seed supply this marketing year. NuSun prices at the crush plants ended the week unchanged to up 5 cents, while high oleics were unchanged to up 25 cents this week. In comparison to last year at this same time nearby prices are 25 to 35 cents per cwt. higher at the ND crush plants. Something else to consider is storing seed for delivery after the first of the year. Premiums of 30 to 60 cents per cwt., depending on the month, are being offered at the ND crush plants as well. Birdfood prices have seen little movement in the past week. Harvest has begun in the sunflower production region with initial quality generally very good. Yields are being reported in the 1,500-2,700-pound range with some reports of non-irrigated yields over 3,300 pounds. Traders will keep anxiously watching yield trends as harvest continues. Warm and drier weather is forecast for the Northern Plains and should keep combines rolling in the days ahead. The trade will continue to digest the USDA October productionreport until thenext production estimate is released in January.This report and harvest progress will be key to prices going forward.
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