Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jan 19 2021
2021 Research requests total $300,000
The National Sunflower Association received 13 research proposals for 2021, totaling $300,000. The NSA Research Committee met last week to review the proposals and make recommendations for the NSA Board of Directors. The NSA Board will make final decisions on funding during their annual spring meeting in late February. Proposed projects include studies of insects, disease, weeds and production.
NSA Virtual Research Forum attracts large audience
More than 100 growers, industry representatives and researchers participated in the virtual National Sunflower Association’s 43rd annual research forum January 13-14. 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.
Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program Announced
The USDA Farm Service Agency announced a new program that provides assistance to producers who suffered eligible crop quality losses due to natural disasters occurring in 2018 and 2019. The Quality Loss Adjustment Program (QLA) offers assistance on quality loss based on a producer’s harvested affected production of an eligible crop, which must have had at least a 5% quality loss reflected through a quality discount, or for forage crops, a nutrient loss, such as total digestible nutrients. The loss in quality must have occurred from a qualifying disaster in 2018 and 2019.  More information on the QLA program is available at:
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 2021 NSA Gold Award. Visit for the eligibility and criteria requirements. Nominations must be received by February 12, 2021. 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 22-24 in Duluth, MN.
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
March 12, 2021
NSA High Plains Committee Meeting, Goodland, KS
June 22-24, 2021
NSA Summer Seminar, Duluth, MN
January 12-13, 2022
NSA Research Forum, Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
Weekly Prices Recorded on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2021 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 33.35 43.13 41.70 -1.43 38.14
West Fargo, ND NuSun 19.90 19.80 19.90 +.10 20.20
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 20.15 19.60 19.90 +.30 20.40
Enderlin, ND NuSun 19.80 19.20 19.40 +.20 20.10
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 20.00 19.20 19.40 +.20 20.35
Goodland, KS NuSun 18.55 18.50 18.55 +.05 18.85
Goodland, KS High Oleic 19.30 19.50 19.55 +.05 19.85
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.
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Tuesday, January 19, 2021
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 32.85 43.63 42.70 -.93
Cotton Oil (psby) 40.35 67.63 66.85 -.78
Corn Oil 39.00 69.00 69.00 NC
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