Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Dec 07 2015
NSA Board of Directors Elects Officers
Robert Deraas of CHS Sunflower will serve as NSA Secretary-Treasurer for 2016-17. Deraas was elected at last week’s board meeting in Bismarck, ND. Deraas will replace Guy Christiensen of ADM, whose term on the board is up in February. Dickinson, ND area producer Art Ridl was also re-elected for another term as NSA board president. The NSA board of directors also re-elected Kansas producer Karl Esping first vice president and Bismarck, ND area producer Clark Coleman second vice president. 
Register to Attend the NSA Research Forum
It’s not too late to register for the National Sunflower Association’s Research Forum. The forum is set for January 12-13, 2016 in Fargo, ND. The forum is an annual event designed to learn about research, promote discussion, and stimulate creative thinking. For more information, and to register, visit our website: www.sunflowernsa.com/events/. You’ll find hotel information there as well. 
Colorado Ag Classic is This Week
The 2015 Colorado Ag Classic - “Defining Sustainability” – starts today at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. The event wraps up on Wednesday, December 9 and is expected to serve as a vital conversation on sustainability that food producers need to continue well into the future. 
Register for South Dakota's Soil Health Challenge
Make plans to attend South Dakota’s Soil Health Challenge: Don’t Get Left in the Dust event. This is a one-day event with sessions covering topics like cover crops, soil tests, and a panel discussion. This year’s event will be held in Lemmon, SD on December 10. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Register by calling or emailing Ruth Beck (605-773- 8120, ruth.beck@sdstate.edu) or Anthony Bly (605-782-3290, Anthony.bly@sdstate.edu.) 
 
Seed Quality
High Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 40.0% 41.8%
Foreign Material 6.4% 4.6%
Moisture 8.3% 8.2%
Test Weight 31.0 lbs 30.7 lbs  
 
Seed Quality
Northern Plains Summary
  2015 2014
Oil Content 43.0% 41.3%
Foreign Material 4.4% 6.0%
Moisture 8.2% 8.0%
Test Weight 31.0 lbs 29.0 lbs  
Markets
Sunflower prices were unchanged to up 35 cents this week. Seed prices have been supported by the rally in CBoT soyoil contracts. Soyoil has rallied on talk of the potential for higher US 2016 biofuel demand. Traders are hopeful that a new producer credit will be passed. This could limit imported oil to be used for biofuel and increase US soyoil demand. The market expects this to lower oil stocks in general giving support to all vegetable oils. In Canada, Statistics Canada on Friday pegged 2015 Canadian canola production at 17.2 million metric tons, up 5% from last year, as late-season rain improved yields. This could pressure canola prices in the near term. Trade is still waiting to see what soybean and currency policy the new Argentine government will announce. There are estimates that Argentine farmers have $11.4 billion dollars of soybeans, corn and wheat to sell. It would be bearish news for the market if Argentina decides to lower their currency and Argentine farmers start selling off the large stocks currently held.
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