Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 01 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, November 1, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 52 37 67 52
South Dakota        
Harvested 52 42 48 46
Harvested 95 70 97 71
Harvested 52 42 88 62
Harvested 65 53 67 53
Harvested 89 84 86 78
Seed Quality - Monday, November 1, 2021
High Plains 2021 2020 Northern Plains 2021 2020
Oil Content 40.2% 40.2% Oil Content 44.9% 44.5%
Foreign Material 6.2% 5.8% Foreign Material 3.7% 3.8%
Moisture 7.1% 8.0% Moisture 9.4% 10.3%
Test Weight 30.1 lbs. 29.4 lbs. Test Weight 32.1 lbs. 30.3 lbs.
Register Now for the 2022 NSA Research Forum
Registration is now open for the 2022 NSA Research Forum, scheduled for January 12-13, 2022 at the Holiday Inn (3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo, ND) Visit 2022 NSA Research Forum ( to register for the Forum at the early bird price of $130.  You’ll find hotel information there as well.
October/November issue of The Sunflower now available
The October/November 2021 issue of The Sunflower has been mailed and is also ready to read on our website at The Sunflower Magazine ( This issue includes interviews with growers Josh Greff and Jon Aakre, a look USDA’s Working Lands Programs, a list of the NSA’s 2022 research priorities and more. 
Nearby NuSun and high oleic prices at the crush plants were unchanged to up 50 cents last week. 2022 new crop was unchanged to up 25 cents. Supporting seed prices are global edible oil supplies this year which are at the tightest supply volume in 48 years. Industry analysts look for vegetable oil prices to maintain strength moving forward in the next marketing year. This bodes well for sunflower seed prices as historically eighty percent of seed value is derived from the price of oil. Several recent rain events in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota tamped the brakes on harvest progress for a few days. Sunflower harvest progress was moving at a rapid pace before the rain. Despite the rain, harvest did advance 13% to 56% complete for the week ending October 31. Harvest progress remains 6% ahead of the five-year average. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 144,485 acres pushing 2021 harvested acres to about 632,235 acres. Harvest progress remains about equal to the five-year average and slightly behind last year at this same time. This week the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is expected to announce Harvest Prices for 2021 revenue insurance policies for sunflowers. The harvest price has risen to where it will take a yield loss to trigger a crop insurance payment. Harvest price per pound for oil-type sunflowers is 31.6 cents and confection sunflowers at 39.2 cents.  Spring prices were 22.0 cents for oils and 27.3 cents for confections.
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