Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jun 14 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, June 14, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 84 72 76 87
Emerged 41 27 39 52
South Dakota        
Planted 79 54 68 65
Planted 56 40 64 54
Planted 94 91 99 97
Planted 67 28 74 52
Planted NA 57 65 77
Crop Conditions - Monday, June 14, 2021
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Minnesota 1 3 19 67 10
Grower report
Lemmon, SD area producer Lance Hourigan says he is about half done planting this year’s sunflower crop. His area suffered from extreme drought conditions through April. Since May he has received about seven inches of rain which should get his sunflowers off to a good start.
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.
Sunflower prices followed the selloff in the CBoT soy complex and finished the week mixed with old crop down 45 to up 20 cents and new crop down $1.25 to up 20 cents. CBoT soybean prices faded this week after a round of technical selling was partly spurred by a higher-than-expected USDA ending stocks report. USDA delivered the bearish news to traders by raising U.S. soybean ending stocks for 2021/22 more than expected, moving to 155 million bushels versus the average trade guess of 146 million bushels. World ending stocks for 2021/22 also moved above analyst estimates, at 92.6 million metric tons (MMT) vs. the trade’s expectation of 91.4 MMT and the USDA’s May estimate of 91.1 MMT. 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 is behind last year’s pace but slightly ahead of the five-year average. As of June 13, 79% of expected 2021 sunflower acreage was in the ground, up from 59% from the week prior and ahead of the five-year average of 74%. Sunflower planting will pick up speed in next couple weeks as growers across the U.S. finish sowing activities. Much welcome rain was received in some parched areas of the Dakotas and Minnesota this week. More moisture will be needed as hot and dry conditions are likely for the next several days in the Northern Plains states.
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