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September 22, 2014



CROP PROGRESS

The sunflower crop may be behind average in most growing areas, but it's also shaping up to be an above average crop - 76% of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition in North Dakota.


CROP PROGRESS as of September 29, 2014
  This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Yr. Avg
NORTH DAKOTA
Petals Dry
91% 84% 94% 98%
NORTH DAKOTA
Bracts Yellow
66% 35% 67% 85%
NORTH DAKOTA
Mature
28% --- 26% 49%
SOUTH DAKOTA
Petals Dry
90% 75% 96% 98%
SOUTH DAKOTA
Bracts Yellow
75% 51% 83% 86%
SOUTH DAKOTA
Mature
33% 13% --- ---
SOUTH DAKOTA
Harvested
1% --- 2% 3%
KANSAS
Petals Dry
79% 68% 86% 86%
KANSAS
Bracts Yellow
57% 44% 69% 69%
KANSAS
Mature
20% 9% 44% 37%
TEXAS
Harvested
82% 79% 33% 47%
Source: USDA NASS (not all states reporting)


SUNFLOWER CROP CONDITIONS
as of September 29, 2014
  Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 2 3 19 63 13
South Dakota 1 2 33 60 4
Kansas 3 7 32 52 6
Colorado 1 8 42 41 8
Minnesota 1 8 53 32 6
Source: USDA NASS (not all states reporting)

GROWER REPORT

Crookston, MN area producer Kevin Capistran has a good feeling about this year's sunflower crop. Capistran has about 120 acres of flowers and while there hasn't been a hard freeze yet, he says it's probably coming soon, but says his flowers will be ok. Capistran says he's seen a little head rot, but that's normal in his area. As the flowers start to dry down he doesn't expect the head rot to get any worse.

BENEFITS OF DESICCATING SUNFLOWERS

With the favorable weather we are forecast to get in the next couple of weeks it would be a good idea to consider desiccating sunflowers. With today's high values, getting the crop harvested several weeks early can result in higher yields and lower drying costs. Late season crop damage is well recognized when strong winds can lodge plants to rub seed from heads. Blackbird damage can be reduced and desiccation may also slow down head diseases such as Sclerotinia. Early dry down can also minimize artificial drying costs. September and the first half of October harvest can often allow the use of air-drying to lower seed moisture in storage. Air temperatures are higher and humidity tends to be lower during this time frame, compared to late October and November harvesting.
For more information about desiccation, visit www.sunflowernsa.com/growers/harvesting-storage/desiccant-considerations/. For a list of desiccants, visit: www.sunflowernsa.com/growers/approved-chemicals/desiccant-test/.

CANADIAN LUNCHEON FOR CHEFS AND COOKS WILL FEATURE US SUNFLOWER OIL

In an effort to promote USA food products to the Canadian foodservice industry, FAS Canada has received a Culinary Diplomacy grant from the US State Department. Working in conjunction with La Tablée des Chefs, an organization that helps youth and families develop their cooking skills and self sufficiency, FAS Canada will host a luncheon for approximately 50 of Quebec's executive chefs, cooks and culinary instructors in Montreal on October 6. Executive Chef Todd Gray, who owns the highly acclaimed, Washington, D.C. restaurant Equinox, will create a tasty meal featuring "pommes frites" (French fries) cooked in US mid-oleic sunflower oil. The National Sunflower Association will also receive recognition in the luncheon program.

NSA RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS CHANGING

The National Sunflower Association is changing its research grant application process starting this year. In the past researchers submitted a full proposal by the announced deadline. Beginning this year, researchers will now need to submit a two page maximum pre-proposal for all new projects that includes the scope of work, objectives and total project cost. The NSA Research Committee will review each pre-proposal and then vote whether or not to receive a full proposal from the researcher. Principal investigators will only need to submit a full proposal if selected. Pre-proposal applications are due by October 10, 2014. We hope this change will make the process of applying for NSA research grants more efficient and expeditious. If you are currently working on a project that was approved in the past two years, you do not need to submit a pre-proposal to ask for additional funding for 2015. You will be notified to submit a full proposal. Here is the link to the NSA website's 2015 priorities and pre-proposal document www.sunflowernsa.com/research/2015-nsa-research-priorities/.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 22, 2014 - NSA Research Committee Meeting
December 4-5, 2014 - NSA Board of Directors Meeting, Bismarck, ND
December 10, 2014 - High Plains Committee Meeting, Goodland, KS
January 7-8, 2015 - NSA Research Forum, Fargo, ND
June 23-25, 2015 - 2015 NSA Summer Seminar, Brainerd, MN

MARKETS

Sunflower prices ended the week mixed at down 5 to 55 cents for September delivery. New crop prices were lower losing 45-55 cents. The market is trading sideways to mostly lower on the CBoT. Some traders think oilseed and product prices will be on hold until more is known about the final US crop size, farmer selling pace and overall demand for the expected big crop. Talk of higher than expected harvest yields and a good two week harvest weather outlook have offered resistance to old and new crop prices. Weather forecasts for drier weather through September for much of the central United States should help harvesting which has begun in the south and south-central oilseed production areas. Overall oilseed crops largely remain in good to excellent condition based on weekly USDA crop reports. At the moment weather forecasts show few threats to maturing crops in Northern production areas and this has been a drag on prices. The ADM plant in Goodland, KS is offering 2015 new crop NuSun and High Oleic cash and Act of God (AOG) contracts. The plant will also offer daily cash prices for both crops.

For sunflower prices at various locations refer to our website Daily Market News.


Weekly Prices Recorded on Monday, September 22, 2014 ($/CWT)
  Deliver Last Year Last Week This Week Change New Crop
  Chicago Oil          
  Nearby 41.97 33.27 32.00 -1.27 32.12
  Fargo, ND          
  NuSun 19.55 17.15 17.10 -.05 17.15
  Enderlin, ND          
  NuSun 19.95 17.65 17.10 -.55 17.10
  Goodland, KS          
  NuSun 19.85 17.20 16.65 -.55 16.95


US CRUDE OIL VALUES
recorded on Monday, September 22, 2014
(dollars per 100 lb. internal U.S. location)
  Last Year Last Week This Week Change
Soybean Oil 40.47 34.27 33.00 -1.27
Cotton Oil (pbsy) 42.47 53.27 52.00 -1.27
Corn Oil 41.50 38.50 38.00 -.50
Prices recorded here are believed to be reliable at the time of publication. Individual companies have the right to correct any errors that may occur. Contact these facilities for complete market details


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