Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 03 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, October 3, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Bracts Yellow 90 76 94 91
Mature 55 35 73 68
Harvested -- -- 4 5
South Dakota        
Harvested 2 1 7 3
Harvested -- -- 16 12
Harvested 82 75 72 67
Harvested 4 1 9 5
Harvested 1 -- -- 3
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 3, 2022
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 2 5 31 58 4
  Last week 2 6 29 54 9
Minnesota This week 0 0 19 72 9
  Last week 0 0 17 77 6
Colorado This week 4 4 50 36 6
  Last week 6 10 45 34 5
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.
Nearby prices at the crush plants were unchanged to up $1.00 per cwt. last week. Sunflower harvest has started in the Dakotas and Minnesota. In Texas, harvest continues to move along ahead of the five-year average. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 11,455 acres pushing 2022 harvested acres to about 56,025 acres. This represents 4% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is about half of what it was last year at this same time. Above normal temperatures are expected to continue the next two weeks in the sunflower growing region and will benefit ongoing harvest. Last week USDA released its latest grain stocks report. USDA pegged old crop sunflower stocks in all positions on September 1, 2022, at 295 million pounds, down 25 percent from a year ago. All stocks stored on farms totaled 45.5 million pounds and off-farm stocks totaled 249.3 million pounds. Stocks of oil type sunflower seed are 223 million pounds; of this total, 41.4 million pounds are on-farm stocks, and 181.7 million pounds are off-farm stocks. Non-oil sunflower stocks totaled 71.68 million pounds, with 4.1 million pounds stored on the farm and 67.6 million pounds stored off the farm. Stocks of oil type sunflower seed were 26 percent lower than last year. Non-oil stocks were down 24 percent from last year. Both figures were within average industry estimates. On October 12, USDA will give its first estimate of 2022 US harvested sunflower acres and total seed production.
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