Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jul 03 2023
Crop Progress - Monday, July 3, 2023
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Emerged 94 81 84 87
South Dakota        
Emerged 75 62 -- --
Planted 86 83 84 88
Planted 95 87 83 92
Planted NA 80 89 87
Harvested NA 7 9 18
Crop Conditions - Monday, July 3, 2023
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 1 4 46 47 2
Minnesota 0 0 31 66 3
Colorado 0 0 8 78 14
South Dakota 0 3 40 55 2
Consider cattail control
July to mid-August is a good time to remove blackbird roosting locations, such as marshes sloughs and cattails. Cattails serve as blackbird habitat, so it is in the sunflower producer’s best interest to cut them down or spray herbicides to get rid of them as much as possible. Visit for more information on using herbicides.
Grower report
Chuck Todd, producer from Onida, SD says that it has been dry in his area until recently. He says that his sunflowers are still germinating so he doesn’t expect to have a great crop this year.
Nearby prices were down 10 cents to unchanged with new crop unchanged at the crush plants this week. USDA released its planted acres report last week. Area planted to sunflower in 2023 totals 1.35 million acres, down 20 percent from 2022. Compared with last year, growers in all eight of the major sunflower production states showed a decrease in planted acreage this year, with South Dakota having the largest decline in acreage from last year. The harvested area is expected to decrease 20 percent from last year to 1.3 million acres. Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.2 million acres, is down 24 percent from 2022, and harvested area is expected to decrease 23 percent from last year to 1.14 million acres. Planted acreage of non-oil varieties, estimated at 164,000 is up 15 percent from last year. The harvested area is expected to increase 20 percent from last year to 153,500 acres. Planted acres were 1 percent lower than the agency’s March estimate of 1.36 million acres, a difference of only 14,000 acres. Compared with the March planting intentions report oil type acres decreased by 20,000 with confection plantings adding 6,000 acres. At the time the survey was conducted planting was still going on in several states so acreage figures could change in the next report. With the release of the USDA report, the key to oilseed prices going forward will be U.S. summer weather and demand news.
Canada sunflower acres decrease
According to Statistics Canada data, Canadian farmers planted 88,000 acres of sunflowers this spring, which is down 6 percent from 2022. Last year Canadian farmers planted 94,100 acres of sunflower. The 2023 acreage is 8 percent below the five-year average of 96,000 acres. The majority of Canada’s sunflower crop is grown in Manitoba, with production also in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Paulson Awarded Wildlife Services Supervisor of the Year
North Dakota State Director, John Paulson was awarded the Wildlife Services Supervisor of the Year by USDA APHIS. Under his leadership, the ND/SD program has become diverse in dealing with conflicts ranging from coyote damage to livestock, beaver flooding and damage to property, blackbird damage to sunflowers, urban ground squirrel damage to property, and wildlife hazards at airports and military installations. In calendar year 2022, Wildlife Services expanded the blackbird damage management assistance into South Dakota. Within the two states, specialists provided assistance to landowners spread across 39 different counties in ND and SD. In addition to those diverse conflicts, John also manages an effective aviation program in both states. John serves on multiple advisory committees and is laser focused on maintaining a safe and effective program. Additionally, John co-authored an article that was published in the Sept/Oct 2022 edition of the American Trapper entitled “So You Want to Be a USDA Wildlife Specialist?” in effort to keep the national program growing with young new talent.
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Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, July 3, 2023 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2023 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 60.52 59.51 67.02 +7.51 60.19
West Fargo, ND NuSun 36.00 19.10 19.00 -.10 20.25
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 38.50 19.60 19.50 -.10 21.50
Enderlin, ND NuSun 38.50 19.10 19.10 NC 20.35
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 41.00 19.60 19.60 NC 21.55
Lamar, CO High Oleic 41.25 20.25 20.25 NC 22.40
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, July 3, 2023
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 70.12 66.51 74.02 +7.51
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 99.62 94.51 102.02 +7.51
Corn Oil 151.00 70.00 70.00 NC

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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