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This is the Sunflower Market News for 9/22/2017

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Sunflowers are priced per hundred weight (CWT).

NuSun Prices

Location Sept Change Oct Change Nov Change
Fargo ND  17.10 unch  16.90 unch 16.90 unch
Enderlin ND 16.80 unch 16.80 unch  16.80 unch
Goodland KS 16.70 unch 16.70 unch 16.70 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 Sept Change Oct Change Nov Change
Goodland KS 17.70 unch 17.70 unch 17.70 unch
Fargo ND NQ unch 17.10 unch 17.10 unch



  Trading Range Nearby Close Change
Soybean Oil -.07 to -.12 33.99 -.11
Soybean Meal +5.60 to +6.10 315.00 +6.00
Market Comments

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. CBoT soy oil contracts ended the week weaker on price pressure from a potential build in world vegetable oil stocks in 2017/18. This resulted in sunflower prices at the crush plants ended the week down 10 to 35 cents. Based on the latest figures from the USDA Farm Service Agency crop acreage report, area planted to sunflower in 2017 decreased 16 percent from 2016 and totals 1.33 million acres. Planted area of oil type varieties, at 1.17 million acres, is down 17 percent from 2016. Planted acreage of non-oil varieties, estimated at 156,000 acres, is down 12 percent from last year. Using a trend yield would peg the US sunflower crop at around 800,000 MT, which compares to last year’s total of 1.2 million metric tons (MMT). If realized this level of production will create very tight ending stocks at the end of the 2017/18 marketing year. The biggest unknown is the drought impact on production in the Dakotas, the largest sunflower producers. A significant drop off in yield will impact the market. USDA will release its final acreage and production estimates in January.

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