Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Aug 15 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, August 15, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 77 49 89 86
Petals Dry 3 -- 15 9
Harvested NA 33 42 37
Crop Conditions - Monday, August 15, 2022
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 0 1 17 75 7
  Last week 0 2 21 68 6
Minnesota This week 0 0 16 81 3
  Last week 0 0 16 77 7
Colorado This week 2 6 35 52 5
  Last week 3 10 40 43 4
Grower Report
Kief, North Dakota grower Myron Dieterle says he planted his sunflowers late this year and they are currently at the pre bud stage, and the stands look good. Currently he is not seeing any disease but has noticed spotty patches of grasshoppers. As far as moisture, he says a shower wouldn’t hurt.
Sunflower Oil Exports Increase
U.S. sunflower oil exports in the first nine months of the marketing year stand at 35,372 metric tons (MT) an increase of 8% 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 June 2022, Canada imported 25,419 MT of sunflower oil, compared to 18,104 MT from October 2020 to June 2021 representing a 40% increase for the same time period. Mexico is the second leading importer of U.S. sunflower oil; Mexico has imported 5,175 MT of sunflower oil so far this marketing year. 
August 12th was supposed to be a huge day for commodity markets as USDA released its latest supply and demand report and first report of FSA certified acres was to be released. The S/D report was released but the FSA figures are delayed. Excessive rainfall delayed planting at the time of data collection for the USDA June planted acreage report in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In July, USDA contacted respondents in these states who reported acreage as not yet planted to verify planted acreage for several crops including sunflower. USDA made adjustments to some crops but left planted and harvested area estimates for oil and non-oil sunflower unchanged from the June report figures. In the August supply and demand report, USDA pegged soybean production at a record high 4.53 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2021. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average a record high 51.9 bushels per harvested acre. Total planted area, at 88.0 million acres, is up 1 percent from the previous year. Area harvested for beans in the United States is forecast at 87.2 million acres, up 1 percent from 2021. USDA will provide their initial yield and production estimates for the 2022 oil-type and confection sunflower crop in October. Sunflowers are mostly blooming and could use a good drink during this important development phase. However dry weather is expected to dominate the month of August in the sunflower growing region.
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
Continue Scouting for Insects
With sunflower fields blooming IPM scouts have observed increasing numbers of red sunflower seed weevils (RSSW), banded sunflower moth (BSM) and Arthuri sunflower moths (SM) in the last week and are at economic thresholds for control in some locations. See maps on NDSU’s IPM website: Sunflower Insect Trap — ND IPM ( Severe infestations of RSSW and moths can be very damaging to the sunflower head and result in seed loss. 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 RSSW, BSM, SM, and Lygus bug. The best sunflower plant stage to treat is when the majority of plants are in the R5.1 growth stage. To read more about scouting for insects and the best treatments, visit
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August 25, 2022 - NSA High Plains Committee Meeting, Goodland, KS
January 11-12, 2023 - NSA Research Forum, Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
June 27-29, 2023 - NSA Summer Seminar Spearfish, SD
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, August 15, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 63.29 69.20 67.44 -1.76 66.99
West Fargo, ND NuSun 29.70 27.30 27.50 +.20 27.20
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 29.85 33.05 32.80 -.25 28.45
Enderlin, ND NuSun 29.80 27.30 27.50 +.20 27.50
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 29.80 33.05 32.75 -.30 28.50
Lamar, CO High Oleic 28.50 35.75 35.00 -.75 28.25
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, August 15, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 88.29 78.20 77.94 -.26
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 101.29 119.20 118.94 -.24
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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