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This is the Sunflower Market News for 4/18/2018

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Sunflowers are priced per hundred weight (CWT).

NuSun Prices

Location Apr Change May Change New Crop 2018 Change
Fargo ND  17.85 +.05 17.85 +.05 18.50 Cash/18.00 AOG -.10
Enderlin ND 17.70 unch 17.70 unch 18.50 Cash/18.00 AOG unch
Goodland KS 16.95 unch NQ unch 17.45 AOG unch
Prices recorded here are believed to be reliable at the time of posting. All prices are subject to change. Contact these facilities for complete market details.


High Oleic Prices

Location Apr Change May Change New Crop 2018 Change
Fargo ND 17.75 unch 17.75 unch 18.45 Cash/17.95 AOG -.15
Enderlin ND 17.70 unch 17.70 unch 18.70 Cash unch
Hebron ND NQ unch NQ unch 17.70 Cash unch
Pingree ND NQ unch NQ unch 18.20 Cash unch
Goodland KS 17.95 unch NQ unch 18.45 AOG unch



  Trading Range Nearby Close Change
Soybean Oil +.23 to +.24 31.43 +.24
Soybean Meal -4.50 to +.20 376.60 -4.50
Market Comments

USDA’s April US/World supply and demand report was termed a nonevent by most of the trade. USDA lowered the Argentine soybean crop and raised Brazil soybean crop production as expected. They also lowered US soybean carryout by only 5 million bushels, raised US soymeal exports and increased US soyoil ending stocks. Old and new crop sunflower prices have been relatively firm with little movement in the past week. New crop prices remain $2.00-$2.30 per cwt. higher than last year. There is still time to take advantage of the market opportunities that sunflowers can offer as crushing plants are still offering Act of God (AOG) and cash new crop contracts. Sunflower is one of the only oilseeds that pay premiums for oil content above 40%. Considering oil premiums that are offered at the crush plants on oil content above 40% at a rate of 2% price premium for each 1% of oil above 40%; this pushes a $18.70 contract with 45% oil content gross return 10% higher per cwt and would raise the cash price to over $20.50. An AOG contract at $18.10 per hundredweight to almost $20.00. Trading for the next few weeks will mainly revolve around the USDA reports, competition for 2018 acreage, export sales, plus news of any potential tariffs levied by China and impact it might have on US exports.



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