Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 18 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, October 18, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Mature 94 91 94 92
Harvested 20 14 41 22
South Dakota        
Harvested 35 23 25 19
Harvested 40 33 72 36
Harvested 78 75 77 71
Harvested 40 27 36 23
Harvested 30 19 64 29
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 18, 2021
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 9 34 37 18 2
  Last week 11 29 38 21 1
Minnesota This week 6 14 33 44 3
  Last week 9 14 32 40 5
Colorado This week 1 9 39 41 10
  Last week -- 8 30 55 7
Grower Report
Regent, North Dakota grower Josh Greff started sunflower harvest last week. He believes that by the time he is done harvesting his oil sunflower fields they will average about 1,800 pounds across the farm. He says the moisture level was about 6-7 percent but due to recent moisture they were hitting 10-12 percent, so he decided to quit harvesting until it dries up a little. His test weights have been coming in at 33-35 lbs. Combining has been going well. He has been switching between sunflowers and corn.
Nearby prices at the crush plants were mixed at down 10 to up 15 cents this week. 2022 new crop prices were unchanged. About 30% of sunflowers were in the bin as of last week, up from 21% seven days earlier and well ahead of the prior five-year average of 21% for this time of year, the USDA said. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 102,200 acres pushing 2021 harvested acres to about 344,500 acres. Harvest progress remains about a week ahead of the five-year average but slightly behind last year at this same time. However, it may take a while for fields to dry out in the Dakotas and Minnesota from the past week's heavy rain and snow and allow equipment back into the fields to continue harvest. Last week, 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 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. Harvest progress, yield and crop quality will be key to prices going forward.
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