Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 11 2016
Crop Progress
Harvest is underway in all reporting states. In Texas, 60 percent of the sunflower crop is reported harvested, while Colorado producers are just getting started on the harvest, with one percent of the crop reported harvested. 
Crop Progress - Tuesday, October 11, 2016
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Bracts Yellow 94 92 97 95
Mature 86 74 90 82
Harvested 12 6 12 12
South Dakota        
Petals Dry 94 85 96 NA
Bracts Yellow 83 69 92 94
Mature 67 39 70 NA
Harvested 15 2 4 11
Harvested 60 58 66 64
Petals Dry 91 84 94 93
Bracts Yellow 81 69 72 82
Mature 62 45 35 59
Harvested 10 --- 4 14
Harvested 38 22 47 34
Harvested 1 --- 17 17
Crop Conditions - Tuesday, October 11, 2016
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 1 5 23 65 6
South Dakota 1 5 34 57 3
Minnesota 2 3 37 49 9
Colorado 0 3 27 62 8
Kansas 1 3 28 62 6
Reduce Risk of Combine Fires
Sunflower is an oil-based crop, and fine fibers from sunflower seeds pose a constant fire hazard, especially when conditions are dry. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk this harvest season:
  • Keep a clean work area when harvesting sunflower. Blow the combine and grain dryer setup with an air hose daily. If possible, consider having a portable leaf blower on hand for this in the field.
  • Try nighttime harvesting, when humidity levels are higher.
  • Keep a small pressure sprayer filled with water on hand in the combine in case of fire.
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Harvest pressure and large seed deliveries to the crush plants have caused nearby sunflower prices to back off. Harvest is cranking up and producers have been very active sellers in the past two weeks. Initial yield reports continue to be very positive and quality is generally very good.  Sunflower harvest started sooner this year as many acres were desiccated. With most of the US crop rated in the good to excellent categories, yields and quality are expected to be above average. USDA’s next production estimates and supply and demand report will be out on October 12. This will give traders the first official estimate of the 2016 US sunflower crop. Depending on the size of 2016 crop, seed prices could continue to drift lower as harvest deliveries arrive at plants and farmers pick up the selling pace in the next couple of months. After the initial harvest delivery period prices will follow demand news. On the CBoT, traders are bracing for a bearish US soybean crop estimate this week. A big soybean crop is likely getting bigger as most private market analysts have raised their yield and production forecasts above USDA’s current forecast. Informa says USDA is expected to adjust acreage estimates for corn, sorghum, soybeans and sunflowers in its October Crop Production report Wednesday. The report will drive trading in the week ahead.
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