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Sunflower Crop Progress November 23, 2009
11/23/2009

SUNFLOWER HARVEST PROGESS
The sunflower harvest made great progress again due to excellent weather in the last week. Harvest is wrapping up in most areas and should be completed soon. Storage is an issue which may be delaying harvest in some cases with farmers waiting for storage to open before harvest completion. There are numerous reports of sunflower being stored on the ground.

SUNFLOWER HARVEST as of NOVEMBER 22, 2009
according to USDA Weekly Crop Weather
STATE THIS WEEK LAST WEEK LAST YEAR 5 YEAR AVG
SOUTH DAKOTA 79%59%70%90%
NORTH DAKOTA 86%60%88%94%
KANSAS 63%53%84%91%
MINNESOTA 75%59%91%93%
COLORADO 70%65%93%97%
TEXAS 78%77%76%88%


QUALITY
The northern sunflower oil content continues to average slightly over 43 percent which is lower than the average of the last five years. Test weights continue to average between 30 and 31 lbs. Oils continue to average higher than average in the High Plains region. There is a huge range of oil contents in the High Plains depending on the area of production and the planting date.

SANDBAKKEN ELECTED TO US AG EXPORT COUNCIL
John Sandbakken, NSA marketing director was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Agriculture Export Development Council (USAEDC). The USAEDC is comprised of 80 U.S. agricultural commodity trade associations, farmer cooperatives and state regional trade groups from around the country. The Council represents the interests of growers and food processors. Its mission is to present a unified message of the importance of promoting foreign market demand for U.S. agricultural products. The Council works in conjunction with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and the private sector in this mission. Sandbakken has 25 years of experience in the international market. He coordinates the market development programs for the National Sunflower Association.

MEETING SCHEDULE
SD Ag Horizons, December 1-2. Pierre at the Ramkota Motel
Colorado-Nebraska Limited Irrigation Crop Clinic, December, 2-3 Sterling, CO, Ramada Inn
NSA Board of Directors Meeting, December 2-3, Pierre SD, Ramkota Motel

For sunflower prices at various locations refer to our website http://www.sunflowernsa.com/daily-market-news/

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