Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 21 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, November 21, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 94 91 89 77
South Dakota        
Harvested 96 93 89 77
Harvested 100 93 100 93
Harvested 90 73 92 90
Harvested 93 82 93 87
Harvested 100 100 100 88
Seed Quality - Monday, November 21, 2022
High Plains 2022 2021 Northern Plains 2022 2021
Oil Content 40.2% 39.9% Oil Content 44.4% 45.3%
Foreign Material 6.1% 6.9% Foreign Material 3.9% 3.9%
Moisture 7.2% 6.5% Moisture 9.0% 8.7%
Test Weight 29.0 lbs. 29.2 lbs. Test Weight 30.1 lbs. 32.6 lbs.
USDA to collect 2022 crop production and stocks data
As the 2022 growing season comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseeds stored on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end off-farm grain and oilseed stocks. Responses to the survey will be used in calculating county-level yields, which have a direct impact on farmers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency may use the data in administering producer programs and in determining disaster assistance program calculations. All responses are completely confidential. Survey results will be published in several reports, including the Crop Production Annual Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on January 12. These and all NASS reports are available online at
Nearby NuSun and high oleic prices at the crush plants are unchanged this week. Overall, NuSun and high oleic prices continue to trade 70 to 80 cents per cwt. lower than the 60-day moving average at the ND crush plants. 2023 new crop was unchanged to up 30 cents. Last week the so-called Black Sea Grain Initiative allowing exports of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea was extended for 120 days. This pressured wheat, corn and soybean prices allowing traders breathing room to take away some of the price premium built into nearby contracts. Sunflower harvest is getting closer to the finish line for this season. Recent snow events have slowed harvest in the past week. Despite the weather, sunflower producers did make good harvest progress. Harvest progress advanced 3% to 95% complete for the week ending November 20. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 55,795 acres pushing 2022 harvested acres to about 1,471,190 acres. Last year at this same time about 89% of acres were harvested. Harvest progress remains 17% ahead of the five-year average. Crop quality remains very good, and yields have been above expectations in most cases. With the Black Sea grain corridor agreement extension in place, upcoming crop progress and weather conditions in South America will be a more important market feature. Traders are expecting a record breaking Brazilian soybean crop which is nearly finished being planted.
Register Now for the 2023 NSA Research Forum
Registration is now open for the 2023 NSA Research Forum, scheduled for January 11-12, 2023 at the Holiday Inn (3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo, ND) Visit 2023 NSA Research Forum ( to register for the Forum at the early bird price of $130.  You’ll find hotel information there as well.
Grower Report
Hutchinson, Kansas grower Cameron Peirce has finished harvesting his 1000 acres of sunflower. He says they were not good. The terrible drought conditions along with the hailstorm that they received on September 20th was devastating to his sunflower. He experienced yields of 900-1200 lbs. for his full season sunflower and 500-1000 lbs. for his double crop sunflower. His test weights were 29-30 lbs. with a moisture level under 10%.
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Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, November 21, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2023 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 59.02 76.28 73.00 -3.28 63.35
West Fargo, ND NuSun 32.25 25.75 25.75 NC 26.50
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 32.60 27.00 27.00 NC 27.75
Enderlin, ND NuSun 32.25 25.85 25.85 NC 26.55
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 32.45 26.85 26.85 NC 27.55
Lamar, CO High Oleic 31.50 28.00 28.00 NC 26.50
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, November 21, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 75.41 82.78 79.50 -3.28
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 99.41 126.28 123.00 -3.28
Corn Oil 88.00 122.00 119.00 -3.00

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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