Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Mar 22 2021
Tile Drainage Webinar Set for March 25
The program is free of charge, but preregistration is required. To register, visit   Those who preregister will receive emailed instructions on how to participate in the meeting. Producers and others will have an opportunity to learn more about tile drainage during an online tile drainage design and management webinar North Dakota State University is holding from 8:30 a.m. to noon March 25.

Workshop topics include:
  • Basic drainage design principles, soils parameters and drainage coefficient
  • Agronomic considerations and benefits of water management
  • Online drainage design tools
  • Controlled drainage and subirrigation options
  • Lift stations and design
Attendees also will receive a list of several pertinent Extension tile drainage resources as reference materials
Resources available for producers on NSA website
As you plan for spring planting, there is helpful information on our website for producers. Visit to go to the growers section on our website; check out the Sunflower Production Resource Book for your area. The books provide guidelines and recommendations on production practices, pest identification, field selection and more.
2021 NSA Summer Seminar canceled
Amid the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Sunflower Association has decided to cancel the 2021 Summer Seminar that would have been held in Duluth, MN. The next Summer Seminar that will be held at the Canad Inn/Alerus Center on June 28-30, 2022 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The current price surge across commodities and strong product demand have led to nearby NuSun and high oleic sunflower prices sustaining market highs at the North Dakota crush plants. Last week nearby prices were unchanged to up 10 cents. New crop oil sunflower prices are higher than a year ago at this same time with oil crushers still offering Act of God and cash contracts. Last year new crop prices were $17.85-$17.95 for NuSun with high oleic at $18.05-$18.25. This week new crop NuSun cash prices are in a range of $21.15-$21.25 up $3.30-$3.40 per cwt. with high oleic at $22.55-$22.70 which is $4.45-$4.50 per cwt higher versus last year. On March 31, the USDA will release important reports that will have an impact on the markets. These include the planting intentions, and the quarterly stocks estimates. The planting intentions report will be very important. Most market analysts are forecasting as much as a two million acre increase in corn plantings and a seven million acre increase in soybean plantings. Traders will use the USDA acreage estimates as the starting point for supply and demand estimates for the 2021/22 marketing year. Traders are also monitoring a report that China may be reducing corn and soymeal volumes in feed rations in favor of cheaper alternative grains. If realized, this of course, would have huge implications for the global grain trade as China is the world’s largest buyer of soybeans and soy products.
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