Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Oct 04 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, October 4, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Bracts Yellow 95 90 93 92
Mature 76 57 77 70
Harvested 4 2 15 5
South Dakota        
Harvested 8 2 5 3
Harvested 16 3 22 12
Harvested 72 69 69 64
Harvested 10 3 3 5
Harvested -- -- 11 3
Crop Conditions - Monday, October 4, 2021
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 10 31 38 20 1
  Last week 10 28 37 23 2
Minnesota This week 8 15 37 37 3
  Last week 8 16 39 34 3
Colorado This week -- 9 33 50 8
  Last week -- 8 35 49 8
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.
Nearby prices at the crush plants were down 25 cents to up 30 cents this 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 53,465 acres pushing 2021 harvested acres to about 112,240 acres. This represents 9% of this year’s projected harvested acres and is about equal to 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. This week USDA released its latest grain stocks report. USDA pegged old crop sunflower stocks in all positions on September 1, 2021, at 388 million pounds, up 100 percent from a year ago. All stocks stored on farms totaled 68.1 million pounds and off-farm stocks totaled 320 million pounds. Stocks of oil type sunflower seed are 298 million pounds; of this total, 60.3 million pounds are on-farm stocks, and 238 million pounds are off-farm stocks. Non-oil sunflower stocks totaled 89.64 million pounds, with 7.8 million pounds stored on the farm and 81.8 million pounds stored off the farm. Stocks of oil type sunflower seed were 113 percent higher than last year. Non-oil stocks were up 65 percent from last year. Both figures were within average industry estimates. On October 12, USDA will give its first estimate of 2021 US harvested sunflower acres and total seed production.
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