Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Sep 27 2021
Crop Progress - Monday, September 27, 2021
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Petals Dry 97 93 95 95
Bracts Yellow 90 81 86 84
Mature 57 38 60 53
Harvested 2 NA 5 5
South Dakota        
Harvested 2 NA 2 1
Harvested 3 0 6 5
Harvested 69 63 63 60
Harvested 3 NA NA 1
Harvested NA NA NA NA
Crop Conditions - Monday, September 27, 2021
State Timeframe Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota This week 10 28 37 23 2
  Last week 11 31 39 18 1
Minnesota This week 8 16 39 34 3
  Last week 6 13 41 37 3
Colorado This week -- 8 35 49 8
  Last week -- 10 31 54 5
Deadline approaching for research grant applications
Research is an important part of the NSA’s mission. Each year, the NSA provides grants to public researchers to stimulate new or additional work that may result in lower production costs, increased quality, and higher yields. Pre-proposals for projects to be considered for funding in 2022 are now being accepted. To read more and to submit pre-proposals, visit Grant applications are due by October 5, 2021.
Nearby prices at the crush plants were unchanged to up 50 cents this week. Crush plants are offering 2022 new crop cash and Act of God (AOG) contracts. NuSun cash is $26.80-$27.00 and $26.30-$26.50 AOG. High oleics are $27.25-$27.30 cash and $26.75-$26.80 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%. Birdfood prices remain within range of market highs in the Dakotas. Birdfood prices moved up 30 cents to a $1.00 per cwt. higher in South Dakota this week and is trading mostly around $28.70-$32.50.  North Dakota birdfood prices are trading for as much as $33.00 in some locations.  The weather forecast for the next two weeks is predicting above normal temperatures and drier than normal moisture conditions in the sunflower growing region. This bodes well for crop dry down and an earlier than normal start to harvest. The sunflower crop continues to mature at a rapid rate. Harvest has started in North Dakota and Minnesota and could be just days away in some South Dakota locations. Harvest continues to move along in Texas and is ahead of the five-year average. Trading in the week ahead will focus on the USDA Grain Stocks report that will be released this week. Traders are expecting sunflower stocks to be up from a year ago but below the five-year average. USDA will give its first estimate of 2021 sunflower production in October.
Are your bins ready?
As harvest approaches, take time to make sure your bins are ready. Bins with perforated floors work better for drying sunflower than those with ducts. Aeration is essential, especially in larger bins. Aeration may be accomplished with floor mounted ducts or portable aerators. Aeration fans should deliver 1/10 to 1 cfm per cwt of sunflower. If aeration is not available, sunflower should be rotated between bins to avoid hot spots developing in the stored grain. For more on harvest and storage, visit
Sunflower exports on the rise
Exports of sunflower kernel are up 29% from a year ago, from 3,538 metric tons (MT) from October 2019 to July 2020 to 4,569 MT from October 2020 to July 2021. Canada remains the top importer of U.S. sunflower kernel, importing 2,243 MT. In-shell exports increased 14% from 18,360 MT from October 2019 to July 2020 to 20,934 MT from October 2020 to July 2021. Spain remains the top importer of in-shell sunflower, importing 7,898 MT with Mexico a close second importing 6,160 MT during the period. Sunflower oil exports are up 12% from a year ago, from 33,581 MT during October 2019 to July 2020 to 37,705 MT from October 2020 to July 2021. Canada remains the top importer, importing 20,838 MT up 10% from a year ago. Mexico is the number two destination importing 9,213 MT during the period.
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Markets at a Glance
Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, September 27, 2021 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change 2022 NEW Crop
Chicago Oil Nearby 33.29 54.91 58.30 +3.39 58.11
West Fargo, ND NuSun 16.90 31.00 31.50 +.50 26.80
West Fargo, ND High Oleic 17.05 31.15 31.50 +.35 27.30
Enderlin, ND NuSun 16.90 31.30 31.50 +.20 27.00
Enderlin, ND High Oleic 17.10 31.30 31.50 +.20 27.25
Lamar, CO High Oleic NA 29.25 29.25 unch 26.50 AOG
U.S. CRUDE OIL VALUES recorded on Monday, September 27, 2021
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 33.54 74.91 77.97 +3.06
Cotton Oil (psby) 48.29 94.91 97.97 +3.06
Corn Oil 66.00 88.00 88.00 unch
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