Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 24 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, October 24, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Mature 98 92 97 97
Harvested 39 26 35 34
South Dakota        
Harvested 32 18 41 26
Harvested 35 25 66 52
Harvested 90 89 83 77
Harvested 43 32 51 38
Harvested 27 21 40 43
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 24, 2022
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 3 8 38 47 4
  Last week 1 5 37 49 8
Minnesota This week 0 0 14 77 9
  Last week 0 0 16 72 12
Colorado This week 11 18 44 26 1
  Last week 16 17 46 21 0
SunOpta sells sunflower business
Private equity firm Pacific Avenue Capital Partners has purchased SunOpta Inc.’s sunflower and roasted snacks business for $16 million. The acquisition includes three of SunOpta’s facilities based in Crookston and Breckenridge, Minn., and Grace City, ND, which will now operate as Sunrich Products LLC. The transaction also includes, hybrid seed development activities, a collaborative program with independent sunflower growers, and relationships with an extensive set of customers in the food ingredients, snack food, and birdseed markets. Kent Johnson, general manager of Sunrich, will become Chief Executive Officer. Kent will be joined by the rest of Sunrich’s leadership team and employee base.
Nearby prices at the crush plants are down 80 cents to unchanged this week. The ADM Enderlin crush plant has rolled out its 2023 new crop cash and Act of God (AOG) contracts. NuSun cash is $25.75 and $25.25 AOG. High oleics are $26.75 cash and $26.25 AOG. Something else to consider is the oil premiums that crush plants pay on sunflower. Sunflower is the only oilseed that pays premiums for oil content above 40%. Considering oil premiums that are offered at the crush plants on oil content above 40% at a rate of 2% price premium for each 1% of oil above 40%; this pushes a contract with 45% oil content gross return 10% higher per cwt. The AOG $25.25 contract increases to $27.80, and the cash $26.75 contract moves up to $29.45. Another week of largely clear weather allowed sunflower harvest progress to advance. About 37% of sunflowers were in the bin as of last week, up from 25% seven days earlier and well ahead of the prior five-year average of 31% for this time of year, the USDA said. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 195,100 acres pushing 2022 harvested acres to about 575,895 acres. A pattern change arrived in the Northern Plains this weekend, which brought a strong system through the region Sunday and Monday with widespread moderate to heavy precipitation, strong winds, falling temperatures, and chances for accumulating snow. All of these factors will delay the remaining harvest.
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.
Grower Report
Bismarck, North Dakota grower Clark Coleman says he is about halfway through harvesting his sunflowers. He took a week off to take care of other things around the farm before winter sets in but is hoping to be done within the next week. He is experiencing yields of 3,100 lbs. per acre. The moisture level in his sunflowers he says are super dry. The overall quality of his sunflowers look really good.
Beyond® Xtra herbicide available in 2023 growing season
BASF has introduced a new weed control option called Beyond Xtra. Beyond and Raptor have always contained the same chemistry. Beyond® Xtra herbicide combines Beyond® and Raptor® herbicides into one do-it-all label. It will be available for all crops labeled for Beyond and Raptor, including sunflowers for the 2023 growing season.
Upcoming Events
January 11-12, 2023 - NSA Research Forum; Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND
June 27-29, 2023NSA Summer Seminar; Spearfish, SD
Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, October 24, 2022 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2023 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 63.14 66.84 71.87 +5.03 59.15
West Fargo, ND NuSun 31.90 27.60 27.10 -.50 25.90
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 32.10 28.00 27.10 -.80 27.15
Enderlin, ND NuSun 32.05 26.95 26.15 -.80 25.75
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 32.25 27.95 27.15 -.80 26.75
Lamar, CO High Oleic 30.50 28.00 28.00 NC 26.50
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, October 24, 2022
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. locations)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 81.14 73.34 78.37 +5.03
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 103.14 116.84 121.87 +5.03
Corn Oil 88.00 124.00 124.00 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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