Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 31 2022
Crop Progress - Monday, October 31, 2022
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Harvested 62 39 50 49
South Dakota        
Harvested 60 32 51 39
Harvested 55 35 91 72
Harvested 40 27 51 56
Harvested 65 43 63 53
Harvested 94 90 88 81
Seed Quality - Monday, October 31, 2022
High Plains 2022 2021 Northern Plains 2022 2021
Oil Content 40.6% 40.2% Oil Content 45.2% 44.9%
Foreign Material 5.6% 6.2% Foreign Material 4.6% 3.7%
Moisture 7.1% 7.1% Moisture 9.3% 9.4%
Test Weight 29.4 lbs. 30.1 lbs. Test Weight 31.0 lbs. 32.1 lbs.
Register Now for the 2023 NSA Research Forum
Registration is now open for the 2023 NSA Research Forum, scheduled for January 11-12, 2023 at the Holiday Inn (3803 13th Ave. S, Fargo, ND) Visit 2023 NSA Research Forum ( to register for the Forum at the early bird price of $130.  You’ll find hotel information there as well.
October/November issue of The Sunflower now available
The October/November 2022 issue of The Sunflower has been mailed and is also ready to read on our website at The Sunflower Magazine ( This issue includes an interview with ARS’ recently retired Dr. Gerald Seiler, a look at a Michigan sunflower festival, a list of the NSA’s 2023 research priorities and more.
Nearby and 2023 new crop NuSun and high oleic prices at the crush plants are down 60 cents to unchanged this week. Commodity traders are closely watching developments with the Black Sea Grain Initiative. Russia announced on Saturday it would be terminating the Black Sea Grains Initiative when the agreement expires in two weeks, casting doubt on the safety and accessibility of Ukrainian grain and oilseed supplies to international markets. Grain cargoes were still sailing out of Ukraine but it’s uncertain if this will be the case in the future. Rain/snow events early last week in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota tamped the brakes on harvest progress for a few days. Sunflower harvest progress did pick up as warm dry weather arrived mid-week. Harvest advanced 24% to 61% complete for the week ending October 30. In the past week, producers harvested an additional 370,575 acres pushing 2022 harvested acres to about 946,470 acres. Harvest progress is 16% ahead of the five-year average and slightly ahead of last year at this same time. This week the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is expected to announce Harvest Prices for 2022 revenue insurance policies for sunflowers. The harvest price has risen to where it will take a yield loss to trigger a crop insurance payment. Harvest price per pound for oil-type sunflowers is 35.1 cents and confection sunflowers at 43.9 cents. Spring prices were 32.4 cents for oils and 40.5 cents for confections.
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