Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 25 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, October 25, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 37 20 56 36
South Dakota        
Harvested 42 35 37 31
Harvested 70 40 92 55
Harvested NA 78 83 74
Harvested 53 40 56 37
Harvested 42 30 77 45
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 25, 2021
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 8 36 33 21 2
  Last week 9 34 37 18 2
Minnesota This week 8 15 33 39 5
  Last week 6 14 33 44 3
Colorado This week 1 12 35 47 5
  Last week 1 9 39 41 10
Sunflower Seeds make Whole Foods Market top ten
For the second consecutive year, sunflower products make Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts top ten anticipated food trends list. Sunflower oil was on the list for 2021. For 2022, sunflower seeds are included in the list which are expected to rise in popularity in the next year. Whole Foods Market mentions that ‘sunflower seeds are branching out of the ballpark and sliding into crackers, ice creams and creamy cheeses. Delivering protein and unsaturated fats, these mighty little seeds are transforming the 21st century snack game. Parents, take note — many sunflower seed–based products are made without nuts, which means allergy-friendly school snacks.’ Whole Foods Market plans to offer a Sunbutter + Jelly sandwich in 2022.
Another good week for sunflower prices at the ND crush plants.  The October contract added 20 to 35 cents with the November contract increasing  90 cents to $1.25. Prices at the Lamar, Colorado crush plant were up 50 cents. 2022 new crop prices were unchanged to up 25 cents at the crush plants. Supporting seed prices are global edible oil supplies this year which are at the tightest supply volume in 48 years. Industry analysts look for vegetable oil prices to maintain strength moving forward in the next marketing year. This bodes well for sunflower seed prices as historically eighty percent of seed value is derived from the price of oil. Birdfood is trading mostly around $29.90-$33.50 in South Dakota with North Dakota prices trading for as much as $33.00 in some locations.  Another week of largely clear weather allowed sunflower harvest progress to advance. About 43% of sunflowers were in the bin as of last week, up from 30% seven days earlier and well ahead of the prior five-year average of 34% for this time of year, the USDA said. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 142,500 acres pushing 2021 harvested acres to about 487,000 acres. Harvest progress remains about a week ahead of the five-year average and equal to last year at this same time. Supply and demand news regarding oil usage and stocks, harvest progress, yield and crop quality will be key to prices going forward.
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. If you plan to attend, visit the NSA Research Forum event page to register.
Grower Report
Bismarck, North Dakota grower Clark Coleman says he is experiencing higher yields than expected for his sunflowers this year. Throughout the growing season Coleman’s area experienced extreme drought with very little precipitation. He is done harvesting his oil sunflowers with yields ranging from 900-2,200 lbs. In a couple areas he even saw 2,500 lbs. His average yield ranges from 1,500-1,700 lbs. In 2-3 days, he will harvest is confection sunflowers. Without desiccating or a hard freeze his moisture levels were ranging from 9%-13%. The overall quality of his crop looks good.
Upcoming Events
November 30-December 1, 2021Ag 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 Monday, October 25, 2021 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 34.46 62.02 63.14 +1.12 57.47
West Fargo, ND NuSun 17.65 31.70 31.90 +.20 26.80
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 17.75 31.90 32.10 +.20 27.30
Enderlin, ND NuSun 17.50 31.70 32.05 +.35 27.15
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 17.70 31.90 32.25 +.35 27.40
Lamar, CO High Oleic NQ 30.00 30.50 +.50 26.75
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, October 25, 2021
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 34.96 80.02 81.14 +1.12
Cotton Oil (psby) 49.46 102.02 103.14 +1.12
Corn Oil 63.00 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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