Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Jun 07 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, June 7, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Planted 72 56 57 72
Emerged 27 11 16 28
South Dakota        
Planted 54 35 42 42
Planted 40 27 47 34
Planted 91 90 92 92
Planted 28 18 49 29
Planted 57 42 60 63
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.
Hybrid seed still plentiful
Crush and confection plants continue to offer attractive cash and Act of God contracts for 2021 production. Seed supplies are still plentiful and there is still time to place an order to put in some acres this growing season. Hybrid seed suppliers can be found using this link: Buyers and Sellers (
Nearby NuSun and high oleic prices hit new market highs last week adding 25 cents to $1.15 per cwt. New crop prices were up 25 to 65 cents and trading in a range of $27.25-$28.35 at the crush plants. Confection processors are still offering Act of God (AOG) production contracts starting at a minimum of $32 and upwards per cwt. Sunflower prices were supported by red-hot CBoT soyoil prices. Tightening global supply concerns due to dry growing conditions in the Northern U.S. and Canada as well as output concerns in South America have rallied soyoil futures. 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. As of June 6, 59% of expected 2021 sunflower acreage was in the ground, up from 42% from the week prior and ahead of the five-year average of 54%. Sunflower planting will pick up speed in next couple weeks as growers across the U.S. finish sowing activities. In the Northern Plains, hot and dry conditions are likely for the next several days. Showers may return, but they will be isolated. Ahead of the system, temperatures will approach the low to mid 90’s. This will exacerbate the ongoing drought and could damage vulnerable crops.
USDA to Ask about 2021 Crops and Stocks
During the next few weeks, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major inquiries, contacting producers from across the United States to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June 1, 2021. Data for the June Agricultural Survey are gathered via the Internet, mail, or by phone interview. For the June Area Survey, trained National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) enumerators representing NASS visit select tracts of land to interview the operators of any farm or ranch within that selected tract. Producers are asked to provide information on planted acres, acres expected to be harvested, and grain stocks. NASS will publish the results in a series of USDA reports, including the Acreage and Grain Stocks reports, on June 30, 2021 These and all NASS reports are available online; visit to see the reports.
Pandemic Cover Crop Program offered by RMA
Producers who insured their spring crop with most insurance policies and planted a qualifying cover crop during the 2021 crop year may be eligible for premium support through the new Pandemic Cover Crop Program. To receive benefits through this program, producers must file a crop acreage report for cover crops with their USDA FSA office by June 15, 2021. Normal acreage reporting deadlines still apply. To learn more: Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops | RMA (
Upcoming Events
August 26, 2021 - NSA High Plains Committee Meeting; Goodland, KS
January 12-13, 2022 - NSA Research Forum; Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, June 7, 2021 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2021 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 28.10 67.39 70.83 +3.44 65.39
West Fargo, ND NuSun 19.45 27.15 28.30 +1.15 27.85
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 19.80 27.65 28.80 +1.15 28.35
Enderlin, ND NuSun 19.45 27.20 28.25 +1.05 27.75
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 19.75 27.70 28.75 +1.05 28.25
Lamar, CO High Oleic NA 27.30 27.55 +.25 27.90
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, June 7, 2021
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 26.60 95.39 98.63 +3.24
Cotton Oil (psby) 43.10 105.39 108.83 +3.44
Corn Oil 46.00 83.00 83.00 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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