Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jul 05 2022
Crop Progress - Tuesday, July 5, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 97 93 98 98
Emerged 85 70 84 91
Planted 85 77 92 91
Planted 97 93 100 100
Planted 84 76 96 94
Planted NA 81 90 88
Crop Conditions - Tuesday, July 5, 2022
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 0 0 20 79 1
Minnesota 0 1 25 66 8
Colorado 0 2 69 23 6
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 they had no snow this winter and started out the spring dry. Planting was on time. They received 6 inches of rain during the spring, along with a lot of wind. Crops seemed to take a long time to come out of the ground this year. He comments that stock dams are still dry.
USDA released its planted acres report last week. Area planted to sunflower in 2022 totals 1.67 million acres, up 29 percent from 2021. This represents the second highest planted area for the US since 2015. Harvested area is expected to increase 29 percent from last year to 1.60 million acres. The reported acreage was welcome news to the sunflower market. Last year’s lower production coupled with the conflict in Ukraine has created strong demand for U.S. sunflower products. Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.54 million acres, is up 31 percent from 2021, and harvested area is expected to increase 29 percent from last year to 1.49 million acres. Planted acreage of non-oil varieties, estimated at 123,000 is up 11 percent from last year. Harvested area is expected to increase 10 percent from last year to 114,700 acres. Planted acres were 18 percent higher than the agency’s March estimate of 1.42 million acres, a difference of 251,000 acres. Compared with the March planting intentions report growers added 270,000 oil type acres with confection plantings losing only 19,000 acres. The state with the largest increase from the March report is North Dakota, where planted area increased by 132,000 acres compared with March figures. Growers in five of the eight major sunflower-producing states increased sunflower acreage since the March outlook was released. 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 93,100 acres of sunflowers this spring, which is down 8 percent from 2021. Last year Canadian farmers planted 101,400 acres of sunflower. The 2022 acreage is slightly above the five-year average of 90,125 acres. The majority of Canada’s sunflower crop is grown in Manitoba, with production also in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
FMC Makes Agreement to Acquire BioPhero
FMC Corporation has announced an agreement to acquire BioPhero, a Denmark-based pheromone research and production company. This will add BioPhero’s pheromone-based insect control technology to FMC’s portfolio. Pheromones can be used in an integrated pest management program to control the buildup of insect populations in a farmer’s fields by disrupting the insect mating process, decreasing the next generation of the target insect population. According to FMC, pheromones do not have an impact on the environment, promote biodiversity, and only target specific pests so as to not harm beneficial insects like pollinators.  BioPhero has created a yeast fermentation process for manufacturing pheromones at lower costs and with fewer production steps compared to traditional chemical synthesis methods, according to FMC. Lower costs will help expand availability of the pheromones from today’s focus on specialty fruit and vegetable producers to now include the large row crop market. FMC expects to launch five new pheromone products over the next three to five years, including products that go beyond insect control, such as fungi and weeds.
Upcoming Events
August 25, 2022 - NSA High Plains Committee Meeting; Goodland, KS
January 11-12, 2023 - NSA Research Forum; Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND 
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 63.83 70.82 60.52 -10.30 57.42
West Fargo, ND NuSun 28.00 41.00 36.00 -5.00 27.35
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 28.00 43.00 38.50 -4.50 28.85
Enderlin, ND NuSun 27.40 42.00 38.50 -3.50 29.15
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 27.40 42.75 41.00 -1.75 30.15
Lamar, CO High Oleic 26.20 41.75 41.25 -.50 32.50
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Tuesday, July 5, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 91.93 81.32 70.12 -11.20
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 101.83 110.82 99.62 -11.20
Corn Oil 83.00 151.00 151.00 NC
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