Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 13 2023
Crop Progress - Monday, November 13, 2023
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 59 48 90 72
South Dakota        
Harvested 72 52 92 71
Harvested 92 84 93 87
Harvested 92 87 70 78
Harvested 87 79 87 82
Harvested 100 100 100 86
Seed Quality - Monday, November 13, 2023
High Plains 2023 2022 Northern Plains 2023 2022
Oil Content 38.0% 40.2% Oil Content 45.0% 44.3%
Foreign Material 6.4% 6.1% Foreign Material 4.0% 4.1%
Moisture 7.8% 7.2% Moisture 9.1% 8.8%
Test Weight 28.3 lbs. 29.0 lbs. Test Weight 30.7 lbs. 30.3 lbs.
Grower Report
Bismarck, North Dakota grower, Clark Coleman hopes to finish harvesting his sunflowers today. He says his yields are averaging about 2250-2500 lbs with a moisture level of 6%. He was surprised to see some head rot damage this year.
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Nearby prices at the crush plants were down 50 cents to unchanged this week. USDA released its latest supply and demand reports last week. USDA put soybean production at 4.129 billion bushels, above the trade’s expectation of 4.108 billion bushels and the October estimate of 4.104 billion bushels. In addition, U.S. ending soybean stocks were raised to 245 million bushels, above the trade’s expectation of 225 million bushels and USDA’s October estimate of 220 million bushels.  The increase in yield and stocks for soybeans were a surprise as traders expected little change from October. On the positive side, Thomas Mielke, executive director of Hamburg-based Oil World expects vegetable oil prices to rise next year amid an expected global deficit in production. According to Mielke, the current bearish market sentiment is temporary. Palm oil prices are now close to their lows and will rise in 2024 and 2025 due to insufficient supplies and lower growth in other edible oils. If realized this would be positive news for sunflower seed prices. Tough field and road conditions after recent rain and snow events have slowed harvest in the Northern Plains. Harvest progress advanced 9% to 64% complete for the week ending November 12. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 185,500 acres pushing 2023 harvested acres to about 515,395 acres. Last year at this same time about 92% of acres were harvested. Harvest progress remains 21% behind the five-year average.
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