Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jan 18 2022
NSA Research Forum attracts large audience
More than 100 growers, industry representatives and researchers participated in the National Sunflower Association’s 44th annual research forum January 12-13. Researchers presented papers and posters on their work. Attendees heard presentations on weeds, insects, disease, and new varieties of sunflower. All presentations will be uploaded to the NSA website in the next few weeks.
2021 North Dakota Sunflower Variety Trial results and selection guide now online
The North Dakota Sunflower Trial Results for 2021 and selection guide are now available online. Producers can find data about hybrid performance throughout the state and information about yield and other information needed for accurate selection of sunflower hybrids for agricultural production in North Dakota. Find the guide here: North Dakota Sunflower Variety Trial Results for 2021 and Selection Guide | NDSU Agriculture and Extension
Birdseed Operations to Cease at CHS Grandin
Last week, CHS Inc. ended the birdseed processing and bagging operations now done at its Grandin, North Dakota facility. The decision does not affect the CHS Sunflower Royal Hybrid seed breeding and processing business, or its edible sunflower consumer shelled and kernel operations. Those activities will continue without interruption at the Grandin location or the CHS Fargo operations.
SDSU EXT Organizing Sunflower Webinars
SDSU extension is organizing Zoom webinars on sunflower management on January 25 to January 27. The topics include "Sunflower Diseases" (January 25), "Red Sunflower Seed Weevils: There is a problem in South Dakota" (January 26) and "With Concerns About Herbicide Shortages, What Should I Do? (January 27). Registration is free and is required to attend webinar. For more information and register go to Crop Hour: Sunflower Webinars (
Nearby prices were down $1.55 to unchanged this week. 2022 new crop NuSun and High Oleic contracts were down 35 to 50 cents at the ND crush plants with the High Plains unchanged. USDA released its latest estimate of the 2021 US sunflower crop. The impact of this year’s drought showed up in USDA’s production estimate as sunflower production totaled 1.90 billion pounds, down 36 percent from 2020. The United States average yield per acre of 1,530 pounds decreased 260 pounds from 2020. Planted area, at 1.29 million acres, was 25 percent below the previous year. Area harvested also decreased 25 percent from 2020 to 1.24 million acres. USDA estimated United States production of oil-type sunflower varieties, at 1.74 billion pounds, representing a decrease of 34 percent from 2020. Compared with last year, harvested acres were down 22 percent and the average yield decreased by 279 pounds with a yield of 1,523 pounds per acre. Production of confection sunflower varieties was estimated at 167 million pounds, a decrease of 54 percent from 2020. Area harvested, at 104,300 acres, was down 51 percent from 2020. The average yield decreased by 109 pounds from 2020 to 1,602 pounds per acre. In its grain stocks report, USDA increased old crop non-oil sunflower stocks in all positions by 4.9 million pounds, up 5 percent from its September grain stocks report. Old crop oil-type sunflower stocks were increased slightly by 2.0 million pounds.
Nominations invited for NSA Gold Award
Every year, the National Sunflower Association presents its Gold Award to an individual who has contributed extraordinarily to the overall sunflower industry, either through his or her occupation or through the National Sunflower Association. This award is considered to be the highest award that the NSA presents to individuals. The award has been given since 1989. Some past Gold Award winners include John McLean, Larry Kleingartner, Duane Berglund, Sen. Mark Andrews, Chuck Moses, Jim Krogh, Gary Fick and Joe Caroline. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 NSA Gold Award. Visit for the eligibility and criteria requirements. Nominations must be received by February 11, 2022. The NSA Board of Directors will review all submitted applications and choose a winner. The Gold Award will be presented during this year's NSA Summer Seminar, set for June 28-30 in Grand Forks, ND.
Monitor Moisture of Binned Seeds
If you have got some of last year's sunflower crop stored in bins, make sure you keep an eye on the seeds’ moisture level. The maximum recommended moisture content for stored sunflower is 9.5% through the winter months and 8% if the storage period is longer than about six months. It's also important to check the sunflower weekly and make sure you check the sunflower, not the bin. Check by getting into the storage each time and walk, feel, smell, and probe the seeds. Remember, walking around in filled bins can be dangerous, so take extra precautions. Visit for more storage tips.
Upcoming Events
  • February 1, 2022 - Getting-it-Right in Sunflower Production; Zoom Conference
  • June 28-30, 2022 - NSA Summer Seminar; Grand Forks, ND
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 41.70 57.89 59.08 +1.19 57.15
West Fargo, ND NuSun 19.90 31.55 30.00 -1.55 26.50
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 19.90 32.40 32.40 NC 27.00
Enderlin, ND NuSun 19.40 31.90 31.70 -.20 26.30
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 19.40 32.10 31.90 -.20 26.55
Lamar, CO High Oleic NQ 31.50 31.50 NC 27.50
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Tuesday, January 18, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 42.70 69.53 69.08 -.45
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 66.70 98.03 99.08 +1.05
Corn Oil 69.00 86.00 90.00 +4.00

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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