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Weather Slows Sunflower Maturity, Yet Crop Mostly Good to Excellent
USAgNet - 10/09/2019

North Dakota's sunflower crop is more than 50 percent mature, but it's still well behind last year, when 89 percent of the crop was mature. Still, 69 percent of the state's crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Minnesota reports 75 percent of the sunflower crop is also in good to excellent condition.

Kansas growers are reporting that 7 percent of the crop has been harvested as of this past week. In Colorado, 8 percent of the sunflower crop has been harvested.

It's been a wet season in Texas. Mike Williams of SunGold Foods in Lubbock says harvest has been start and stop because of the weather, but despite all the rain, he expects the sunflower crop to be at least average. Texas growers are reporting 71 percent of the crop was harvested as of this past week.

Meanwhile, the 2020 new crop sunflower prices continue to roll out at the crush plants.

Last week, the ADM Goodland crush plant announced that Act of God (AOG) contracts are available for the 2020 crop year. NuSun is at $17 with high oleic at $18.25. Nearby prices at the crush plants ended the week mixed at unchanged to up 10 cents, reports the National Sunflower Association.

Also, last week USDA released its latest grain stocks report. USDA reported old crop sunflower stocks in all positions on September 1, 2019, totaled 286 million pounds, down 26 percent from a year ago. All stocks stored on farms totaled 65.7 million pounds and off-farm stocks totaled 220 million pounds.

Stocks of oil type sunflower seed are 216 million pounds; of this total, 60.8 million pounds are on-farm stocks and 155 million pounds are off-farm stocks.

Non-oil sunflower stocks totaled 70.4 million pounds, with 4.92 million pounds stored on the farm and 65.4 million pounds stored off the farm.

On Oct. 10, USDA will give its first estimate of 2019 U.S. harvested sunflower acres and production. In states reporting crop conditions, the crop is being rated at 69 to 76 percent good to excellent condition. However, significant above normal rainfall in September in the Dakotas and Minnesota could affect overall production and crop quality. Several days of warm dry weather will be needed before harvest can begin in most areas.

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