Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Aug 01 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, August 1, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 24 15 44 43
Harvested NA 24 30 19
Crop Conditions - Monday, August 1, 2022
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 0 1 17 74 8
  Last week 0 1 21 73 5
Minnesota This week 0 0 20 71 9
  Last week 0 0 15 78 7
Colorado This week 1 13 51 33 2
  Last week 0 3 60 36 1
New Sunflower Trait Announced
CROPLAN® and Syngenta have launched a new sunflower herbicide trait called ‘Air.’ CROPLAN® U.S. Product Manager Mark Torno says the trait provides the ability to tank mix Beyond and Express herbicides. “It will be broad coverage across the Group 2 herbicide families and offers the ability to choose which herbicide system you want to use based on the weeds that are there or tank mixing them together and getting the best of both worlds.” Torno says the trait won’t be available on a commercial basis for another year or two.
Grower Report
Onida, South Dakota grower Chuck Todd says his sunflower crop is in different stages. The majority are just starting to bloom while a small percentage are in the 6-8 leaf stage. Currently, he has seen no insect or disease issues but plans to spray for red seed weevil in the near future. Due to over 100 degree heat last week they have no moisture remaining in the soil even with the humidity remaining high most days. They have received scattered amounts of rain with a significant hail event in the area about 2 ½ weeks ago.
The market is watching developments in the brokered agreement for shipping grain from Ukraine. After the deal was signed Russian forces attacked the port city of Odesa. Traders are not yet completely convinced a deal will hold. The deal could collapse if current sanctions on Russian grain and fertilizer shipments are not immediately lifted. An estimated 25 million metric tons of grain remains trapped in Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion. Sunflowers are moving into the late bud stage or blooming in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Soil moisture conditions are mostly in good shape compared to last year at this time when severe to exceptional drought conditions were prevalent throughout the area. The crop could use a good drink during this important development phase. However, it is looking like not much will change for weather conditions in the Dakotas and Minnesota, the next two weeks. Above average temperatures and near normal precipitation are expected to continue. In Texas, harvest is on-going making good progress. Commodity traders are starting to get into position for USDA’s August crop reports. August 12th will be a huge day for commodity markets as USDA will release its latest supply and demand reports and first report of FSA certified acres. The FSA figures will be compared to the USDA June acreage report and will give the market a better idea of what got planted this year. This data and weather conditions will guide traders in the coming weeks.
Examine crop for rust
Rust is most often found on the lower under-side of leaves. The pustules are cinnamon-red and readily recognizable. Yield loss can occur and control measures should be considered when rust reaches approximately 1% severity on the upper four leaves and the plant is in the vegetative stages until it reaches the R6 stage. An infestation on the upper leaves at R6 or later will not likely have a negative yield affect. Fortunately, rust can be managed with well-timed fungicide applications. To learn more about rust, visit
Start scouting for banded sunflower moth and red sunflower weevil
As sunflower fields begin to bloom, adults of red sunflower seed weevil (RSSW) will be emerging and will fly to the nearest flowering sunflowers. RRSW are small (2.5 to 3.1 mm long) with a snout and are reddish-orange. Banded sunflower moth (BSM) can be identified by their small size (1/4 inch long) and forewings with a triangular, dark brown band across the middle of the wing. Once the decision to treat has been made, it is critical to time the spray application correctly to get effective management of all sunflower head insects, including RRSW, BSM, sunflower moth and Lygus bug. The best sunflower plant stage to treat is when the majority of plants are in the R5.1 growth stge. Visit  to read more about scouting for insects and the best treatments. To see the insecticides registered in sunflower, visit
Upcoming Events
August 25, 2022 - NSA High Plains Committee Meeting; Goodland, KS
January 11-12, 2023 - NSA Research Forum; Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, August 1, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 64.62 60.01 66.23 +6.22 63.26
West Fargo, ND NuSun 29.50 26.80 27.00 +.20 27.00
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 29.50 33.00 33.00 NC 28.25
Enderlin, ND NuSun 29.50 26.90 27.10 +.20 27.10
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 29.50 32.40 32.40 NC 28.10
Lamar, CO High Oleic 27.25 36.75 35.75 -1.00 28.25
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, August 1, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 91.71 69.01 75.23 +6.22
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 101.71 110.01 116.23 +6.22
Corn Oil 84.00 141.00 141.00 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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