Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Sep 25 2023
Crop Progress - Monday, September 25, 2023
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Petals Dry 93 90 92 94
Bracts Yellow 78 69 75 81
Mature 41 29 34 45
South Dakota        
Petals Dry 90 86 -- --
Bracts Yellow 71 49 -- --
Mature 29 7 -- --
Harvested 70 63 74 67
Harvested 11 -- 1 1
Crop Conditions - Monday, September 25, 2023
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 1 8 30 53 8
  Last week 1 6 31 59 3
Minnesota This week 0 4 43 52 1
  Last week 0 3 37 59 1
Colorado This week 0 4 13 80 3
  Last week 1 4 14 78 3
South Dakota This week 1 4 43 50 2
  Last week 0 2 49 48 1
Deadline approaching for research grant applications
Research is an important part of the NSA’s mission. Each year, the NSA provides grants to public researchers to stimulate new or additional work that may result in lower production costs, increased quality, and higher yields. Pre-proposals for projects to be considered for funding in 2024 are now being accepted. Visit 2024 NSA Research Priorities ( to read more and to submit pre-proposals. Grant applications are due by October 3, 2023.
This week sunflower prices continued to move lower as the market continues its transition toward the 2023/24 market year. Trading in the week ahead will focus on the USDA Grain Stocks report that will be released this week. Traders are expecting sunflower seed stocks to be up significantly from a year ago and the five-year average after last year’s large crop. According to USDA, 2022 sunflower production totaled 2.81 billion pounds, up 48 percent from 2021. We had the second highest yield on record for the U.S. for oil-type sunflower varieties with the average yield in Minnesota and North Dakota both setting record highs. Challenging weather conditions early on and logistics made it difficult for the market to use a greater percentage of last year’s crop and led to the build-up in seed stocks. Moving forward, it may be hard to gather significant forward momentum with the larger carryover of oil-type seed stocks as well as seasonal harvest pressure being just around the corner. Up next for traders will be when USDA gives its first estimate of 2023 sunflower production in October. The weather forecast for the next two weeks continues to predict above normal temperatures in the sunflower growing region. This bodes well for crop dry down as the sunflower crop continues to mature at a rapid rate. Harvest continues to move along in Kansas and Texas and will crank up in other states very soon.
Are your bins ready?
As harvest approaches, take time to make sure your bins are ready. Bins with perforated floors work better for drying sunflower than those with ducts. Aeration is essential, especially in larger bins. Aeration may be accomplished with floor mounted ducts or portable aerators. Aeration fans should deliver 1/10 to 1 cfm per cwt of sunflower. If aeration is not available, sunflower should be rotated between bins to avoid hot spots developing in the stored grain. For more on harvest and storage, visit
USDA provides help with blackbirds
Now is a good time to remove blackbird roosting locations, such as cattails. Cattails serve as blackbird habitat, so it is in the sunflower producer’s best interest to get rid of as much as possible. The USDA can help with blackbird control. Visit: NORTH DAKOTA ( for a map with phone numbers for USDA Wildlife Services personnel that can help North and South Dakota producers who have blackbird problems. They will respond to you during the damage season by providing loaner cannons and pyrotechnics. These offices will provide further assistance in an attempt to break up large roosts. Using a combination of cattail management, cannons, harassment, desiccants, and repellants can be even more effective when used together. For more information on blackbird control, visit Blackbirds (
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Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, September 25, 2023 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2024 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 66.11 63.29 58.75 -4.54 57.48
West Fargo, ND NuSun 27.50 NQ NQ unch NQ
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 28.50 17.50 17.25 -.25 NQ
Enderlin, ND NuSun 26.20 NQ NQ unch NQ
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 22.20 NQ NQ unch NQ
Lamar, CO High Oleic 27.75 18.50 18.50 unch NQ
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, September 25, 2023
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 73.11 67.89 64.25 -3.64
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 116.11 97.39 93.75 -3.64
Corn Oil 126.00 75.00 75.00 unch

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.
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