Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jun 01 2021
Crop Progress - Tuesday, June 1, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 56 30 37 51
Emerged 11 2 3 11
South Dakota        
Planted 35 18 21 24
Planted 27 14 32 16
Planted 90 84 71 80
Planted 18 10 38 16
Planted 42 19 41 47
USDA ARS seeking research leader
The USDA-ARS Sunflower and Plant Biology Research Unit located in Fargo, ND is seeking a full-time, permanent Supervisory Research Plant Physiologist, Research Geneticist, or Research Chemist to serve in a leadership role as a Research Leader (RL) for the Unit, responsible for all fiscal, personnel, facilities, and programmatic aspects of the Unit. The RL guides research programs and advises leaders in agricultural industries and state and federal action/regulatory agencies on technical and practical matters related to the development of sunflower crop germplasm, biology/management of sunflower pests and diseases, biology/management of weed species, and quality of selected oilseed crops. Visit to learn more about the position. Applications will be accepted through June 21.
Grower report
Bismarck, ND producer Clark Coleman’s sunflower crop is ahead of schedule; he finished planting about two weeks ago. Coleman planted just under 1,200 acres of sunflower this year, mostly high oleic with about 160 acres of confection sunflower. His area is facing extreme drought conditions and his crops were going backwards in development until recently receiving .75 to 3 inches of very beneficial rain.
Nearby NuSun and high oleic prices were up 35 to 40 cents in the past week. New crop prices were also up 35 to 40 cents and trading in a range of $26.70-$27.80 at the crush plants. Something else to consider when looking at new crop prices are the oil premiums that crush plants pay on sunflower. Sunflower is the only oilseed that pays premiums for oil content above 40%. Considering oil premiums that are offered at the crush plants on oil content above 40% at a rate of 2% price premium for each 1% of oil above 40%; this pushes a contract with 45% oil content gross return 10% higher per cwt. The AOG $26.70 contract increases to $29.40, and the cash $27.80 contract moves up to $30.60. Confection processors are still offering Act of God (AOG) production contracts starting at a minimum of $32 and upwards per cwt. Sunflower planting continues in all states and is well ahead of last year at this same time and the five-year average in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Planting progress in the High Plains states was slowed by recent moisture and is behind last year’s pace but slightly ahead of the five-year average. In the past week, producers made good planting progress pushing 2021 planted acre completion to about 42% of this year’s projected planted acres and is well ahead of last year when 29% of acres were planted and is slightly ahead of the five-year average of 35%.
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