Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jun 17 2024
Crop Progress - Monday, June 17, 2024
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 89 75 86 84
Emerged 51 19 55 48
South Dakota        
Planted 82 53 84 75
Emerged 26 37 42 NA
Planted 69 46 59 61
Planted 82 65 97 94
Planted 56 42 68 68
Planted NA 53 76 73
Harvested NA NA NA 3
Ryan Hunt elected to NSA Board of Directors
Ryan Hunt with FMC Corporation was recently elected as an industry representative to the NSA Board of Directors. Hunt has a Bachelor of Science in Crop & Weed Science and a MSc in Plant Sciences from North Dakota State University. His specific project focused on pyroxasulfone. Hunt began working with FMC in 2010 covering Western ND, Western SD, and Eastern MT as a Retail Market Manager. He has been the FMC Technical Service Manager for ND, SD, and part of Minnesota since 2015. Ryan currently resides in West Fargo, ND.
This is National Pollinator Week
June 17-23 is National Pollinator Week. The BeSure! campaign is a longstanding collaboration across the ag industry to promote proper stewardship practices during the growing season. This season, growers and applicators can follow a few simple guidelines to BeSure! they’re using pesticides safely. Visit: BeSure! Stewardship Program (
Nearby sunflower prices at the crush plants were up 20 to 40 cents this week. The recently released USDA supply and demand report was considered neutral by many traders. USDA largely held steady on its June supply and demand numbers despite expectations of some movement in the supply side. Traders will likely continue to grapple with supplies showing up on the balance sheet as the marketing year unfolds but are more concerned with weather conditions in the U.S. in the near term. Sunflower producers are in the home stretch of wrapping up this year’s planting season as dry and warm weather allowed producers to make excellent planting progress in the past week. Planting continues in all states and is slightly ahead of the five-year averages in Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota. Colorado, Texas, and Minnesota are behind the five-year average planting pace. As of June 16, 84% of the expected 2024 sunflower acreage was in the ground, up from 64% from the week prior and ahead of the five-year average of 77%. On June 28, USDA will release its 2024 planted acres report and will be an important factor in determining old and new crop prices. Look for demand news and position squaring ahead of USDA’s acreage report to guide the market this week.
Reminder about stored seed
Producers who have stored seed are reminded to keep a close eye on seed moisture. Verify the seed moisture content is dry enough for storage at summer temperatures. The recommended long-term moisture contents are 8 percent for oil sunflower and 10 percent for confectionary sunflower. The market moisture content may be higher but storing warm grain at higher moisture contents may lead to mold growth. Mold growth and insect infestations occur rapidly at summer temperatures so stored grain should be checked every two weeks. Visit: Harvest & Storage Resources ( for more information on how to safely store seed.
Register for 2024 NSA Summer Seminar
Registration continues for the 2024 NSA Summer Seminar, scheduled for June 25-27, 2024. This year’s Summer Seminar will be held in Duluth, Minnesota. You can register on our website – go to 2024 NSA Summer Seminar ( You’ll find our schedule as well as hotel information and more. The program has been finalized and is on the website.  Registration is $400 and golf at $160 and will increase at the door.  To make your hotel reservation, call 218-481-1185 Ext. 2. Contact Tina Mittelsteadt at with questions.
Upcoming Events
June 25-27, 2024 - NSA Summer Seminar; Duluth, MN
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, June 3, 2024 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2024 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 59.63 43.66 43.73 +.07 43.89
West Fargo, ND NuSun 19.10 NQ NQ NC NQ
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 19.60 16.50 16.75 +.25 20.00
Enderlin, ND NuSun 18.80 15.90 16.30 +.40 NQ
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 19.30 16.30 16.50 +.20 18.50
Lamar, CO High Oleic 20.25 16.20 16.60 +.40 20.00
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, June 17, 2024
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 66.63 46.66 46.73 +.07
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 94.63 68.66 68.73 +.07
Corn Oil 70.00 55.00 55.00 NC

Prices recorded here are believed to be reliable at the time of posting. Individual companies have the right to correct any errors that may occur. Contact these facilities for complete market details.
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