Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Nov 07 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, November 7, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 82 62 65 58
South Dakota        
Harvested 84 60 69 64
Harvested 87 55 96 80
Harvested 53 40 60 70
Harvested 78 65 80 68
Harvested 98 94 92 84
Seed Quality - Monday, November 7, 2022
High Plains 2022 2021 Northern Plains 2022 2021
Oil Content 40.3% 40.0% Oil Content 44.4% 45.1%
Foreign Material 5.9% 6.6% Foreign Material 4.4% 3.8%
Moisture 7.1% 6.7% Moisture 8.6% 9.3%
Test Weight 29.2 lbs. 29.5 lbs. Test Weight 30.4 lbs. 32.4 lbs.
Final export figures for 2021/22 marketing year released
The U.S. Census Bureau has released final export figures for the 2021/22 marketing year. Sunflower oil exports are up 24% from a year ago, from 45,180 metric tons (MT) to 56,242 MT from October 2021 to September 2022. Canada remains the top importer, importing 40,498 MT up 53% from a year ago. Mexico is the number two destination importing 7,268 MT during the period. Exports of sunflower kernel were down 25% from a year ago, from 5,510 MT to 4,078 MT from October 2021 to September 2022. Canada remains the top importer of U.S. sunflower kernel, importing 2,022 MT. In-shell exports decreased 23% from 23,834 MT to 18,126 MT from October 2021 to September 2022. Mexico was the top importer of in-shell sunflower, importing 6,743 MT with Spain a close second importing 5,765 MT during the period.
Nearby NuSun and high oleic prices at the crush plants were down 50 cents to unchanged this week. 2023 new crop was unchanged. Very favorable weather conditions in the past week allowed sunflower producers to make good harvest progress. Harvest progress advanced 22% to 83% complete for the week ending November 6. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 329,395 acres pushing 2022 harvested acres to about 1,275,865 acres. Harvest progress is 22% ahead of the five-year average. Last year at this same time about 68% of sunflower acres were harvested. Per Oil World, global sunflower production for 2022/23 is forecast to decline by 4.0 million metric tons (MMT) to 54.0 MMT. Decreased production in the European Union and Ukraine are mostly responsible for the decrease. The U.S., Russia, Argentina, and Turkey are expected to have increased production. If realized, the decline in production will result in a seed stocks to use ratio of 10.5%, a decrease of 22% from last year. Oil World projects global sunflower oil exports to grow slightly by 0.8 MMT from last market year, reaching 12.3 MMT with Ukrainian sun oil exports declining to a multiyear low of 4.3 MMT. In the near term, U.S. harvest progress, yield and crop quality will continue to be key to prices going forward. Commodity traders will also be closely monitoring developments with the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
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 11-12, 2023, 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 10-12 minutes with 2-3 minutes allowed for questions. Visit 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 November 23, 2022.
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 $130.  You’ll find hotel information there as well.
Grower report
Kennedy, Minnesota grower Tom Dowdle started harvesting his 900 acres of sunflower last week. He says everything looks very clean with low dockage. He is experiencing yields around 2,500+ pounds. His test weights are coming in around 30 lbs. with a moisture level of 12%. In a few areas he believes the moisture will be closer to 13.5-14%. 
Upcoming Events
November 29-30, 2022 - Ag Horizons Conference; Ramkota; Pierre, SD
January 11-12, 2023NSA Research Forum; Holiday Inn; Fargo, ND
June 27-29, 2023 NSA Summer Seminar; Spearfish, SD
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, November 7, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2023 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 58.05 73.21 76.33 +3.12 64.95
West Fargo, ND NuSun 31.95 26.50 26.00 -.50 26.25
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 32.35 27.00 27.00 NC 27.50
Enderlin, ND NuSun 32.05 26.00 25.85 -.15 26.25
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 32.25 27.00 26.85 -.15 27.25
Lamar, CO High Oleic 31.00 28.00 28.00 NC 26.50
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, November 7, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 74.05 79.71 82.83 +3.12
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 98.05 123.21 126.33 +3.12
Corn Oil 88.00 122.00 122.00 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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