Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 12 2021
Crop Progress - Tuesday, October 12, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Mature 91 76 88 83
Harvested 14 4 23 11
South Dakota        
Harvested 23 8 17 10
Harvested 33 16 39 21
Harvested 75 72 73 67
Harvested 27 10 19 12
Harvested 19 -- 35 14
Crop Conditions - Tuesday, October 12, 2021
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 11 29 38 21 1
  Last week 10 31 38 20 1
Minnesota This week 9 14 32 40 5
  Last week 8 15 37 37 3
Colorado This week -- 8 30 55 7
  Last week -- 9 33 50 8
Grower report
Crookston, MN grower Kevin Capistran says he finished harvesting his sunflowers on October 1st. He had no disease issues this year and due to the warmer weather had no moisture issues. Capistran said he had a higher test weight this year averaging 5-6 lbs. higher than normal. His best field had a yield of 3,000 lbs. with an overall average of 2,500 lbs. across the farm.
Nearby prices at the crush plants were unchanged to up 75 cents this week as crushers and processors compete for seed delivery. 2022 new crop was unchanged. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 156,000 acres pushing 2021 harvested acres to about 268,300 acres. This represents 22% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is ahead of the five-year average of 11%. Overall harvest progress is about equal to last year at this same time. Today, USDA pegged 2021 sunflower production at 1.90 billion pounds, down 36 percent from the revised 2020 production of 2.98 billion pounds. USDA added 480,000 pounds to 2020 non-oil sunflower production and left oil type production unchanged from last year. Area planted, at 1.28 million acres, is down 7 percent from the June estimate and down 27 percent from last year. US sunflower growers are expected to harvest 1.22 million acres, down 27 percent from last year. The overall average yield for all sunflower types is forecast, at 1,554 pounds per acre. This is 236 pounds lower than last year’s yield, if realized. The forecasted production in South Dakota would make it the leading sunflower producing state this year, at 793 million pounds, down 32 percent from 2020. In North Dakota, production is forecast at 755 million pounds down 43 percent from last year.
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 12-13, 2022, 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 24, 2021.
Reduce the risk of combine fires
As sunflower harvest gets underway, a reminder about reducing the risk of combine fires this harvest season. Be sure to keep a clean work area when harvesting sunflower. Blow the combine and grain dryer setup with an air hose daily. Also, try nighttime harvesting when humidity levels are higher. And keep a small pressure sprayer filled with water on hand in the combine. For more information, visit Combine Fire Responses (
John Zietz retires from Cargill
John Zietz has retired after working 42½ years for Cargill. Zietz worked in various positions for Cargill in ND, including West Fargo, Spiritwood, Lakota and Carrington. Most recently, John was Strategic Account Manager, Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain – North America, located at the West Fargo crush plant.  Zietz served a little over four years on the NSA Board of Directors. The last three years as Secretary/Treasurer. We wish John the best in his retirement!
Upcoming Events
November 30-December 1, 2021 - Ag Horizons Conference; Ramkota, Pierre, SD
January 12-13, 2022 - NSA Research Forum; Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
June 28-30, 2022 - NSA Summer Seminar; Grand Forks, ND
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 33.14 60.89 58.62 -2.27 58.85
West Fargo, ND NuSun 17.45 31.80 31.80 unch 26.80
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 17.45 31.80 32.00 +.20 27.30
Enderlin, ND NuSun 17.25 31.25 31.55 +.25 27.00
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 17.45 31.50 31.75 +.25 27.25
Lamar, CO High Oleic NA 29.25 30.00 +.75 26.50
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Tuesday, October 12, 2021
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 33.87 79.14 76.85 -2.29
Cotton Oil (psby) 48.14 101.14 98.85 -2.29
Corn Oil 65.00 88.00 88.00 unch

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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