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Old crop prices were unchanged to up 5 cents this week. Nearby prices have gained 10 to 50 cents depending on location in the past two weeks. Prices in general remain stable after some heavy producer selling led to price pressure at the crush plants earlier this spring. Last year at this sam…

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Recent sunflower prices were under pressure by increased producer sales to the plants. Nearby sunflower prices had held to levels seen last year and producers took advantage making sales of old crop. After the recent decline, old crop sunflower prices stabilized and ended unchanged to up 5 c…

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Traders anxiously watched for any headlines regarding the delegation of leading U.S. officials visiting China trying to negotiate a resolution to the ongoing U.S.-China trade spat recently. Rumors seemed to fly in both directions with the U.S. threatening to walk away without a deal to the C…

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The markets were fairly quiet ahead of Easter weekend. Old and new crop sunflower prices were unchanged this week. At this point traders are not concerned about planning delays in the Midwest. Planting progress is behind the five year average but thoughts are there is still plenty of time to…

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Nearby NuSun prices were down 5 cents to unchanged with high oleic prices unchanged to up 20 cents this week at the crush plants. New crop was unchanged. There is still time to take advantage of the market opportunities that sunflowers can offer as crushing plants are still offering Act of G…

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Nearby NuSun were down 5 cents to unchanged with high oleic prices up 10 to 25 cents this week at the crush plants. New crop was down 10 to up 10 cents. The USDA March planting intentions report gave producers a chance to see what others are thinking of planting this year and offers the abil…

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USDA released its first estimate of 2019 planted acres. Sunflower growers intend to plant 1.35 million acres in 2019, up 4 percent from 2018. Compared with last year, growers in four of the eight major sunflower producing states expect an increase in sunflower acreage this year. The state ex…

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of recent elections held for the state’s five grain commodity commissions — corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat in districts Seven, Eight and Nine in the eastern region of the state. Commissioners serve three-year ter…

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Old crop prices for oil sunflower continue to move higher adding 10 to 25 cents per hundredweight a week ago. Oil sunflower prices have remained steady throughout this winter despite the weakness in other commodities. A small 2018 U.S. sunflower crop and good demand are supporting seed price…

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The price discovery period for crop insurance for sunflower ended on February 28. The 2019 price elections for sunflower will be announced soon. The price election for oil type sunflowers is expected to be $16.70 with confections at $22.50 per hundredweight. A smaller 2018 U.S. sunflower cro…

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The USDA estimate for 2018 US sunflower production was released earlier this month. Minnesota had a great sunflower crop last year with some reported yields as high as 3,500 pounds per acre. So, it was no surprise that the Minnesota average oil-type yield per acre of 2,250 pounds increased 3…

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The Kansas Sunflower Commission, High Plains Sunflower Committee and K-State Research and Extension are together hosting three sunflower production schools from Feb. 27 to March 1. The schools will comprise of hot topics on sunflower production, including new innovations in sunflower product…

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The USDA estimate for 2018 U.S. sunflower production has been released. Total production was pegged at 2.12 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 2017. The U.S. average yield per acre of 1,731 pounds increased 128 pounds from 2017. The average yield was a record high for the U.S. Planted area,…

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After the U.S.-China trade talks a week ago President Trump announced that China would be making another 5 million metric tons purchase of U.S. soybeans in coming weeks. Unfortunately, the issues of intellectual property theft and technology transfer were not addressed. Chicago Board of Trad…

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The market is focusing on two key factors. Market bulls are fixated on hot, dry weather in Brazil, and bears are staying pessimistic about the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China. In Brazil’s northern and central crop areas, increasing showers the next few days may help to ease stre…

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Nearby NuSun and high oleic prices were up 10 to 15 cents this week at the crush plants. 2019 new crop NuSun and high oleic prices moved another 10 cents higher this week as well. USDA recently announced on its website that due to the lapse in federal funding, work on various USDA reports wi…

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NuSun prices ended the week unchanged to up 5 cents with high oleic prices unchanged to up 25 cents at the crush plants. Delivery after the first of the year might be something to consider if you have available storage. Premiums of 25 to 50 cents per hundredweight, depending on the month, ar…

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Trading on the Chicago Board of Trade was very light with low volume during the holiday week. CBoT traders are concerned about U.S. soybean export demand and a mostly favorable South America weather outlook. This has led to choppy trade on most days. With the USDA November production estimat…

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Sunflower prices at the crush plants ended the week unchanged. Birdfood prices continue to see little movement in either direction. Sunflower harvest continues to slowly move along in the U.S. Most states are trailing the five-year average harvest pace per U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wet…

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USDA delivered bearish news to traders in their November report. USDA pegged soybean production at a record 4.6 billion bushels, down 90 million bushels, or about 2 percent, from the October forecast. However, domestic soybean ending stocks came in at 955 million bushels, up 70 million bushe…

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Continued strong harvest deliveries has led to some nearby price pressure at the crush plants and other delivery points. NuSun and high oleic prices at the crush plants ended the week down 5 to 20 cents. With the current downtrend in nearby prices, storing seed for delivery after the first o…

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Overall the sunflower market has maintained its relative price strength from highs set this spring. This is largely due to sunflower not facing retaliatory tariffs from our trading partners and a tighter seed supply this marketing year. NuSun prices at the crush plants ended unchanged to up …

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Nearby and new crop prices at the crush plants ended the week unchanged. USDA released its first production forecast for the 2018 U.S. sunflower crop. Production was pegged at 1.93 billion pounds, down 10 percent from the revised 2017 production of 2.16 billion pounds. Area planted, at 1.30 …

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2019 new crop sunflower prices are out at the ND crush plants with cash and Act of God contracts available. 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 percent. Considering oil pr…

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Prices at the crush plants ended the week mixed at down 20 cents to up 20 cents. Sunflower harvest should be starting soon as many acres are maturing quickly and could be desiccated to begin harvest. Desiccating the crop for early harvest is a great way to stay ahead of potential bird damage…

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Sunflower prices at the crush plants ended the week down 5 cents to unchanged. According to the September USDA Farm Service Agency crop acreage report, area planted to sunflower in 2018 decreased 8 percent from 2017 and totals 1.29 million acres. Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.17 m…

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Old and new crop seed prices were unchanged a week ago. Nearby seed prices have started to trade above the 60-day moving average at the crush plants. Sunflower harvest could be starting soon in the Northern Plains as many acres have matured to a point where they can be desiccated and harvest…

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The trade talks between the U.S. and China fell flat a week ago with no breakthrough as more tariffs kicked in. Both sides have now officially imposed $50 billion in tariffs and the U.S. is in the middle of open hearings regarding another $200 billion in tariffs being put into play at some p…

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Sunflower prices ended last week mixed at down 10 cents to up 5 cents and continues to trade below the 60-day moving average at the crush plants. The birdfood market also remains fairly quiet at this time. The weather forecast continues to feature generally favorable conditions throughout th…

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Traders were expecting a bearish USDA supply and demand report a week ago and USDA did not disappoint. USDA raised its outlook for yield and production for both corn and soybeans beyond all trade expectations in its monthly report. Soybean production is seen at 4.586 billion bushels. This co…

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The three sunflower head infesting insects, namely sunflower head moth, banded moth and seed weevils are currently present in sunflower fields. Recent study field study shows that sunflower head moths and red sunflower seed weevils are more damaging pests of sunflower in Colorado and need a …

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The ongoing trade fight with China continues to be the main concern in the market. Last month the Trump administration instructed trade representatives to find another $200 billion in goods on which the U.S. could impose a 10 percent tariff. Last week it was reported that the administration …

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Old and new crop sunflower prices were unchanged a week ago. In most areas the crop continues to develop ahead of the five-year average pace. In states reporting crop conditions, the crop is being rated at 76 to 89 percent good to excellent condition. There were also several developments in …

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Planting of the 2018 sunflower crop is complete and, in most cases, ahead of the five-year average in development. In states reporting crop conditions, the crop is being rated at 70 to 87 percent good to excellent condition. Last year at this same time very little of the crop was rated as go…

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The Kansas Sunflower Commission is hosting a variety plot tour on Aug. 3 in Reno County, Kansas, near Hutchinson. Sunflower Commissioner Cameron Peirce (620-727-1207) will host the tour at his farm in rural Reno county.

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The Trump administration upped the ante in the trade war with China a week ago, saying it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Previously, Washington had imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports. The ongoing U.S.-China trade sit…

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Old and new crop sunflower prices lost ground a week ago under the weight of the ongoing U.S.-China trade situation. Overall the oilseed complex is under enormous pressure right now and this finally spilled over into the sunflower market, which had seen a significant uptrend in prices for mo…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture released its planted acres report a week ago. Area planted to sunflower in 2018 totals 1.46 million acres, up 4 percent from 2017. Harvested area is expected to increase 4 percent from last year to 1.41 million acres. Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.31…

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Old and new crop sunflower prices lost ground this week under the weight of the ongoing U.S.-China trade situation. Overall the oilseed complex is under enormous pressure right now and this finally spilled over into the sunflower market, which had seen a significant uptrend in prices for mos…

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Soybean prices have collapsed under the weight of the ongoing U.S.-China trade situation. Nearby soybean prices in many locations have fallen below $8 and in some cases below the cost of production. Last week the U.S. announced it was imposing a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese pr…

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Old crop prices were unchanged to up 10 cents this week. The Fargo nearby price for NuSun hit $18.25 this week setting a new market high for this marketing year. Birdfood prices in some locations have begun to move up as well reaching $18.00. Nearby prices for oil-type sunflower are up about…

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Traders will be anxiously watch headlines regarding the delegation of leading U.S. officials visiting China this week trying to negotiate a resolution to the ongoing U.S./China trade spat. Talk in the oilseed market has been dominated by headlines regarding U.S./China trade tensions. Price v…

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Old crop prices continued to move higher at the Northern crush plants gaining 25 cents and hitting $18.15 a week ago. This is the new market high for this marketing year. Birdfood prices in some locations have begun to move up as well. Nearby prices for oil-type sunflower are up about 20 per…

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Rust, caused by the fungal pathogen Puccinia helianthi, is not a disease that we see every year. However, if it occurs early in the season, it can pose severe disease problem of sunflowers in Nebraska, particularly in irrigated fields.