Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jan 23 2023
New record high sunflower yields set in 2022
According to USDA new record high yields for oil sunflower were set in North Dakota at 1,900 and Minnesota at 2,370 pounds per acre during the 2022 growing season. The previous highs were in 2020 for North Dakota and 2019 in Minnesota. Record high yields for non-oil sunflower were also established in North Dakota at 2,170 and Texas at 2,100 pounds per acre. The old record highs were set in 2020 for North Dakota and 2016 in Texas.
High Plains Sunflower School
Colorado State University along with Kansas State University will host a Sunflower School on Monday January 30, 2023.  The program will be via Zoom and begin at 9 am and will conclude by 11:30 am Mountain Time.  Topics will include Sunflower Water Use Needs, Marketing Opportunities, and Weed Control Strategies.  No pre-registration is necessary. Certified Crop Advisor Credits will be offered at this program.  The Zoom link is: Meeting ID: 755 203 6525 Passcode: Crops
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 Robert Majkrzak. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 NSA Gold Award. Visit for the eligibility and criteria requirements. Nominations must be received by February 10, 2023. The NSA Board of Directors will review all submitted applications and choose a recipient. The Gold Award will be presented during this year’s NSA Summer Seminar, set for June 27-29 in Spearfish, SD.
Heavy deliveries to the crush plants have resulted in nearby sunflower prices falling back the past two weeks. The price spread between nearby NuSun and high oleic continues to widen and is now $1.50 per cwt at the ND crush plants. 2023 new crop contracts were down 50 cents to unchanged. USDA released its latest estimate of the 2022 US sunflower crop with production rebounding significantly from last year’s drought. According to USDA, 2022 sunflower production totaled 2.81 billion pounds, up 48 percent from 2021. Planted area, at 1.69 million acres, was 31 percent above the previous year. Area harvested increased 29 percent from 2021 to 1.61 million acres. USDA estimated United States production of oil-type sunflower varieties, at 2.57 billion pounds, representing an increase of 48 percent from 2021. Production of confection sunflower varieties was estimated at 241 million pounds, an increase of 44 percent from 2021. In its grain stocks report, USDA lowered old crop oil-type sunflower stocks in all positions by 232,000 pounds from its September grain stocks report. Old crop non-oil sunflower stocks were left unchanged. Traders will continue to digest these figures and set market direction in the weeks ahead. Harvest has started in South America. This will have the trade keeping close tabs on weather conditions, yield, and production forecasts. The market is also keeping a close eye on the Russia-Ukraine war as each country is a major grain exporter.
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