Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Aug 21 2023
Crop Progress - Monday, August 21, 2023
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 92 83 92 93
Petals Dry 11 5 17 25
South Dakota        
Blooming 84 70 -- --
Harvested NA 45 46 45
Crop Conditions - Monday, August 21, 2023
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 2 6 30 51 11
  Last week 1 4 29 58 8
Minnesota This week 0 1 37 61 1
  Last week 0 1 45 54 0
Colorado This week 1 1 8 68 22
  Last week 0 0 8 75 17
South Dakota This week 2 5 46 38 9
  Last week 2 5 41 43 9
Emergency Use of Loveland Malathion 57EC to Control RSSW Approved in South Dakota
EPA approved the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources request for a Section 18 Crisis Exemption for the use of Loveland Malathion 57EC to control Red Sunflower Seed Weevil. The emergency crisis exemption is effective immediately and applies to any area in South Dakota where sunflowers are being grown. The exemption expires on August 31, 2023.  A maximum of two applications are allowed under the exemption with the second application occurring a minimum of five days after the first. PLEASE CONSULT AND FOLLOW THIS: Malathion 57 EC 34704-108_ Crisis18_RSSW_ Sunflower_SD_August 2023 REV 8-16-23 REVabc.pdf
Grower Report
Lantry, South Dakota grower Shannon Depoy says half of his sunflowers are excellent and the other half are not good at all. He says in the last week they have received 6 inches of rain but before that they had little to nothing. He has had no disease issues but did have to spray for red seed weevil and recently did see more but does not plan on spraying again.
Nearby sunflower prices were down 20 cents to$1.30 this week at the crush plants. New crop prices slid 25 cents to $1.00 lower as the market continues its transition toward the 2023/24 market year. USDA published their first look at farmer surveyed yields in the August WASDE report. To be sure, those yield estimates will change in the coming months, especially as harvest activity ramps up. However, the market is finally moving into the point of the year when they can start to nail down new crop supply estimates with a little more certainty than what has been floating in the markets up until this point. In the initial USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reported acres figures, oil-type sunflower planted acreage was pegged at 1.14 million acres with confection acres at 149,400. The figures were within the average trade estimates. FSA will update the acreage report in mid-September. USDA will provide their initial yield and production estimates for 2023 oil-type and confection sunflower crops in October. The market also continues to watch developments in the Black Sea region after more Russian attacks on Ukraine's crop export infrastructure. There are worries that the war could cut off all Black Sea shipments with Russia pulling out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative last month. Events in the region bear watching as the market will react to the latest headlines. Near term, USDA crop progress reports and weather conditions will guide the market.
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