Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jan 24 2022
Sunflower Production Update set for February 1
Sunflower producers and crop advisers interested in sunflower production management updates should plan to participate in the Zoom conference 2022 Getting-it-Right in Sunflower Production on Tuesday, February 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon CST. The program will be conducted by North Dakota State University Extension and is supported by NSA. Topics that will be covered range from hybrid selection, what has been learned from the fall 2021 sunflower survey, plant nutrient and soil management, updates for weed, disease and insect management, and sunflower marketing. Attendees will receive a list of several pertinent extension sunflower production resources as reference materials and are supplemental to the presentations. The presentations will be recorded and archived.

Certified crop adviser continuing education credits will be available for meeting participants. Pre-registration is required at All who preregister will receive emailed instructions on how to participate in the meeting. The program is free of charge.
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. 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.
Nearby sunflower prices were mixed at the crush plants last week. NuSun was down $1.00 to unchanged with high oleic prices unchanged to up 20 cents. The price spread between nearby NuSun and high oleic continues to widen and is now in a range of 40 cents to $2.60 per cwt. depending on location. 2022 new crop contracts were unchanged to up 30 cents. USDA has released its latest estimate of the 2021 US sunflower crop. The impact of last year’s drought showed up in USDA’s production estimate as sunflower production totaled 1.90 billion pounds, down 36 percent from 2020. USDA estimated United States production of oil-type sunflower varieties, at 1.74 billion pounds, representing a decrease of 34 percent from 2020. Production of confection sunflower varieties was estimated at 167 million pounds, a decrease of 54 percent from 2020. 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. Traders will continue to digest these figures and set market direction in the weeks ahead. Harvest is underway 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 Russia-Ukraine tensions as each country is a major grain exporter.
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