Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Apr 25 2022
NSA Website Provides Helpful Information for Producers
Have questions about growing sunflowers? You’ll find the answers to your questions on our website! Visit and click on the “Growers” section – you will find answers to frequently asked questions there as well as links to more information about many important topics, including approved chemicals, production, marketing, crop insurance, and more.
Reducing Blackbird Damage
As producers gear up for planting, now is a good time to think about blackbirds and reducing the damage they could cause to this year’s sunflower crop. USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services recommends not planting sunflower in close proximity to large cattail sloughs (blackbird roosts) if at all possible. If you do plant close to cattails, consider spraying cattails with glyphosate in accordance with the label, or mowing cattails if possible. Something else to consider is developing roads or trails in larger fields (quarter or more) to allow access to the middle of fields. Birds always go to the center of the field where you can’t reach them. Trails or roads allow you many more locations and better accessibility to move blackbirds out of the field and reduce losses.  You can find more tips to reduce blackbird damage on our website:
Planting seed still plentiful
The NSA office has received calls from growers looking for hybrid planting seed for this growing season. Seed supplies are still plentiful and there is still time to place an order to put in some acres this growing season. Hybrid seed suppliers can be found using this link: Buyers and Sellers ( Spread out market risk with some sunflower acres in your rotation this year.
Significant winter storms have dumped heavy snow in and around the Northern Plains impacting the 2022 growing season. Colder than normal temperatures are expected through next week and will be unfavorable for any fieldwork or planting for at least two weeks as snowmelt will be a very slow process. Depending on how long the snow lasts and fields dry up enough to begin planting the optimal planting window for some earlier planted crops could be hampered and lead to below normal yields. There is still time for producers to adjust their plans for this growing season to take advantage of the market opportunities that sunflowers can offer. Late season planted crops like sunflower can perform well and markets are currently in position to reward that production with record high new crop prices for delivery this fall. The USDA planting intentions report showed planting of sunflower acres much lower than expected by the trade. With lower than anticipated acres, diversifying market risk with some sunflower acres would be a good option in 2022. Seed supplies are still plentiful to add acres this season. If you are concerned about the weather impacting yields, plants are still offering Act of God (AOG) contracts for fall delivery.  These ‘fail safe’ contracts have become very popular with farmers throughout the production region.  It provides an opportunity to ‘lock in’ attractive prices now for fall delivery and removes that all important factor of ‘yield risk’ when uncertain growing conditions exist like this year.
Sunflower Oil Exports Increase
U.S. sunflower oil exports in the first five months of the marketing year stand at 19,721 metric tons (MT) an increase of 3,300 MT from the same time a year ago. Increased demand in Canada is the leading factor to the growth in exports. Canada is the top importer of U.S. sunflower oil. From October 2021 to February 2022, Canada imported 13,348 MT of sunflower oil, compared to 8,768 MT from October 2020 to February 2021 representing a 52% increase for the same time period. Mexico is the second leading importer of U.S. sunflower oil; Mexico has imported 3,654 MT of sunflower oil so far this marketing year, which is up slightly from the same time frame a year ago.
Register Now for 2022 NSA Summer Seminar
Registration is now open for our 2022 NSA Summer Seminar, scheduled for June 28-30, 2022. This year’s Summer Seminar will be held in Grand Forks, North Dakota. You can register on our website – go to You’ll find our tentative schedule too, as well as hotel information and more. Pre-registration will begin at $325 and golf at $115, so register early for the best price. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Canad Inns. To make your reservation, call 701-772-8404. The NSA Group Code is 16445. The group rate is $91 per night plus taxes. The block of rooms will expire on May 27, 2022. The program is being finalized and more information will be coming soon. Contact Tina Mittelsteadt at with questions.
June 28-30, 2022 - NSA Summer Seminar; Grand Forks, ND
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, April 25, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 65.21 79.99 82.74 +2.75 72.60
West Fargo, ND NuSun 26.50 38.00 38.25 +.25 33.10
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 27.30 38.50 38.75 +.25 34.10
Enderlin, ND NuSun 26.15 38.00 38.20 +.20 33.00
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 26.90 38.50 38.70 +.20 34.00
Lamar, CO High Oleic 25.50 38.50 38.70 +.20 33.40
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, April 25, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 90.21 89.99 92.74 +2.75
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 100.21 109.99 112.74 +2.75
Corn Oil 79.00 152.00 152.00 NC

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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