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Sunflower Briefs
January 2014

NSA Board of Directors Elects Officers for 2014

Crookston, Minn., farmer, Kevin Capistran will serve another year as president of the National Sunflower Association Board of Directors. Capistran was re-elected at the board’s early December meeting in Bismarck, N.D. The NSA board also re-elected Dickinson, N.D., farmer Art Ridl to the position of first vice president and Lindsborg, Kan., farmer Karl Esping as second vice president. Guy Christensen of ADM, Enderlin, N.D., was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

South Dakota Oilseeds Council Reorganizes

Lance Hourigan from Lemmon and Shannon DePoy from Lantry have been appointed to the South Dakota Oilseeds Council by South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch. Both Hourigan and DePoy raise sunflower as a part of their respective farming operations.

Last July, Ron Seidel from Meadow — also an NSA board member — was elected to be the new South Dakota Oilseeds Council chairman, and Lauren Russell of Selby was elected as vice chairman. Seidel succeeded Brad Bonhorst of Fort Pierre, who retired from the Council after serving as chairman for many years.

2014 Sunflower Research Forum Is Jan. 8 & 9

The 36th annual National Sunflower Association Research Forum will be held at the Ramada Plaza Suites & Convention Center in Fargo, N.D., on January 8 and 9. This meeting brings together public and private researchers from several states and Manitoba, as well as sunflower growers and industry representatives, for updates on research advances and challenges.

The Forum is open to all who are interested in sunflower production. It is not restricted to researchers only. Certified crop advisors can obtain education credits.

For more information on the 2014 Sunflower Research Forum, including registration details, go to or call the NSA office at (701) 328-5100.

Trans Fat Proposal Good News for Sunflower

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to eliminate trans fats from the food supply has been making headlines in recent weeks — and the proposal is actually good news for sunflower producers. That’s because high-oleic and NuSun® sunflower oil are already naturally trans fat-free. But that’s not all. Both sunflower oils contain less than 10% of the bad saturated fat and over 90% of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These sunflower oils provide excellent stability without hydrogenation, because concentrations of linolenic acid — a fatty acid that contributes to instability — are less than 1%.

The U.S. sunflower industry has converted all oil-type sunflower production in traditional growing areas to NuSun and high-oleic sunflower, and expansion into other regions is under way to ensure consistent production to meet growing demand.

Sun Oil Exports Finish Higher in 2012/13

Exports of U.S. sunflower oil finished the 2012/13 marketing year at 29,331 metric tons (MT). That represents a 55% increase from the previous marketing year when exports were 19,208 MT.

Canada remains the number-one destination for exports of U.S. sunflower oil with a market share of 50% of all U.S. exports. Mexico and Canada both imported substantially more oil this year than last year. The increase in exports was due to a higher U.S. sunflower seed crush for the 2012 crop year, but a decrease is expected for 2013 due to the wet spring in North Dakota and the drought in the High Plains. This may limit sunflower oil exports in 2014.

U.S. In-Shell Confection Sunflower Exports Up

Exports of U.S. in-shell confection sunflower for the 2012/13 marketing year were up nearly 30% over the prior year, from 51,673 metric tons (MT) in October 2011-September 2012 to 77,716 MT in October 2012-September 2013. Major importers include Spain (21,023 MT) and Turkey (14,960 MT). Exports of U.S. confection sunflower kernel, however, were down about 20%, going from 16,765 MT to 12,933 MT. Canada, Korea and Mexico continue to be the leading importers of U.S. kernel.

Sunflower Crop Survey Results Now Online

The 2013 Sunflower Crop Survey results are now online at: The survey is conducted annually, prior to harvest. Volunteers from all levels of the sunflower industry visit fields to survey the crop condition. Teams survey for yield and production practices, weeds, insects, diseases and bird damage.

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