Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 31 2016
Crop Progress
Texas sunflower producers are 72% done with this year's harvest. In South Dakota, 73% of the sunflower crop is reported harvested. In fact, all reporting states are at least half done with this year's sunflower harvest. Kansas reports 68% of the sunflowers there are in good to excellent condition.
Crop Progress - Monday, October 31, 2016
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 53 38 65 54
South Dakota        
Mature 97 92 97 ---
Harvested 73 56 66 63
Harvested 72 70 82 76
Bracts Yellow 97 94 95 98
Mature 90 83 87 92
Harvested 50 38 51 51
Harvested 80 65 98 80
Harvested 65 38 69 57
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 31, 2016
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 1 4 24 65 6
Colorado 0 4 27 61 8
Kansas 1 3 28 62 6
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Grower Report
Meadow, South Dakota grower Ron Seidel is about two-thirds done harvesting his 5,000 acres of high oleic sunflower. Seidel says so far his sunflowers are close to average. He says test weight has been good, at around 34 pounds and oil content has been around 42 percent. He’s hoping to finish the sunflower harvest in the next two weeks.
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Seed Quality
High Plains 2016 2015
Oil Content 41.0% 41.0%
Foreign Material 7.2% 6.9%
Moisture 8.1% 8.0%
Test Weight 31.0 lbs 31.3 lbs
Northern Plains 2016 2015
Oil Content 43.5% 43.8%
Foreign Material 4.3% 4.8%
Moisture 9.7% 8.7%
Test Weight 30.9 lbs 31.3 lbs
Upcoming Events
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Sunflower prices have not followed the rally in CBoT soyoil futures. Nearby prices have fallen on robust seed deliveries from active producer selling in the past few weeks. This plus deliveries of previous contracted seed are adding to harvest pressure. Harvest continues at a rapid pace in the Northern and High Plains as most states are equal to or slightly ahead of the five-year average harvest pace per USDA. Yield reports continue to be very positive and quality is generally very good. Yields are being reported in the 1,500-2,800-pound range with some reports over 3,000 pounds. Early reports have oil content averaging about 44% in the Northern Plains and 41% in the High Plains. This is helping to ease some of the drop off in lower nearby prices. Sunflower is the only oilseed that pays premiums for oil content above 40%. Confection sunflower harvest is also progressing nicely. Confection sunflower yields, seed size and qualities have been very good up to this point. The above average yields and quality have the trade still assessing the size of the 2016 crop. Depending on the size of the crop, seed prices may not follow the price action on the CBoT until harvest deliveries slow down at the plants. After the producer selling pace slows down, prices will follow demand news.
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, October 31, 2016 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2017 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 27.85 35.99 35.17 -.82 35.56
Fargo, ND NuSun 16.30 15.50 15.10 -.40 NQ
Enderlin, ND NuSun 16.35 15.70 15.20 -.50 NQ
Goodland, KS NuSun 16.20 15.25 14.80 -.45 NQ
Goodland, KS High Oleic 17.75 17.25 16.80 -.45 NQ
Prices recorded here are believed to be reliable at the time of posting. All prices are subject to change. Contact these facilities for complete market details.
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, October 31, 2016
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 26.10 34.49 33.67 -.82
Cotton Oil (psby) 44.85 45.99 45.17 -.82
Corn Oil 39.50 45.50 45.50 NC
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