Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 06 2023
Crop Progress - Monday, November 6, 2023
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 48 38 79 62
South Dakota        
Harvested 52 34 81 58
Harvested 84 74 82 78
Harvested 87 74 51 65
Harvested 79 74 76 70
Harvested 100 95 98 84
Seed Quality - Monday, November 6, 2023
High Plains 2023 2022 Northern Plains 2023 2022
Oil Content 43.9% 40.3% Oil Content 44.9% 44.1%
Foreign Material 3.5% 5.9% Foreign Material 4.0% 4.4%
Moisture 6.2% 7.1% Moisture 8.8% 8.6%
Test Weight 30.7 lbs. 29.2 lbs. Test Weight 30.9 lbs. 30.4 lbs.
Call for Papers
Here’s your chance to be a part of the National Sunflower Association’s Research Forum. We are looking for research papers to be presented at the NSA Research Forum, set for January 10-11, 2024, in Fargo, ND. Presentations may be either oral or in the form of a poster. A time will be designated for authors to be with their posters and answer questions. Each oral presentation will be limited to 15-17 minutes with 2-3 minutes allowed for questions. Visit 2024 Call for Papers ( if you are interested in presenting a paper. You do not have to submit the actual paper or poster at this time, just the information indicated online and the author information. Submissions must be completed by December 11, 2023.
Nearby prices at the crush plants were unchanged this week. USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) Harvest Prices for 2023 revenue insurance policies for sunflowers are out. The harvest price has fallen to where a yield loss or a combination of yield and price could lead to a crop insurance payment this year for some producers. The harvest price per pound for oil-type sunflowers is 27.9 cents with confection sunflowers at 29.9 cents. Spring prices were 30.5 cents for oils and 32.6 cents for confections. It is best to check with your crop insurance agent to see if you are entitled to an indemnity check on this year’s sunflower crop. Sunflower harvest progress was slow after the recent snowstorm but advanced 20% to 50% complete for the week ending November 5. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 185,850 acres pushing 2023 harvested acres to about 362,450 acres. Harvest progress is 16% behind the five-year average and slightly behind last year at this same time. Harvest progress is expected to be slow as it may take a while for fields to dry out in the Dakotas and Minnesota. The heavy snow that fell across the Northern Plains continues to be slow to melt and is keeping temperatures low. The weather conditions in the Northern Plains are expected to change to a warmer than normal and drier than normal pattern later in the week. These conditions should allow the remaining harvest to move forward.
Register Now for the 2024 NSA Research Forum
Registration is now open for the 2024 NSA Research Forum, scheduled for January 10-11, 2024 at the Holiday Inn (3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo, ND) Visit 2024 NSA Research Forum ( to register for the Forum at the early bird price of $130.  You’ll find hotel information there as well.
Grower Report
Kennedy, Minnesota grower Tom Dowdle was hoping to start harvesting his sunflowers last week until he received 8-9 inches of snow the previous week. When they checked before the snow hit the heads were just about dry. The temperature is supposed to get up in the 40’s to hopefully melt the snow on the heads, but more rain/snow is in the forecast this week.  He is confident that he will eventually get his sunflowers harvested but his 500 acres of soybeans may be a loss.
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Upcoming Events
January 10-11, 2024 - NSA Research Forum; Holiday Inn; Fargo, ND
June 25-27, 2024 - NSA Summer Seminar; Duluth, MN
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, November 6, 2023 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2024 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 76.33 52.39 50.80 -1.59 48.97
West Fargo, ND NuSun 26.00 NQ NQ NC NQ
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 27.00 16.75 16.75 NC NQ
Enderlin, ND NuSun 25.85 15.30 NQ -- NQ
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 26.85 16.30 16.30 NC NQ
Lamar, CO High Oleic 28.00 17.20 17.20 NC NQ
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, November 6, 2023
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 82.83 56.39 54.80 -1.59
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 126.33 87.39 85.80 -1.59
Corn Oil 122.00 68.00 68.00 NC
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