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Sunflower Highlights

Crop Progress
Sunflower harvest is 30 percent complete in Texas, while in the Dakotas the sunflower fields are blooming - North Dakota reports 87 percent of the sunflower crop is blooming and in South Dakota 64 percent of the crop is blooming.

Crop Progress - Monday, August 14, 2017
State This Week Last Week Last Year 5 Year Average
North Dakota        
Blooming 87 69 93 77
Petals Dry 4 0 8 NA
South Dakota        
Blooming 64 38 69 67
Kansas        
Blooming 55 37 69 57
Texas        
Harvested 30 20 14 17


Crop Conditions - Monday, August 14, 2017
State Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
North Dakota 15 21 39 24 1
South Dakota 10 22 58 10 0
Minnesota 0 0 9 74 17
Colorado 0 2 15 76 7
Kansas 0 3 34 58 5


Make Sunflower Harvest a Top Priority This Year
Successful sunflower growers that deal with blackbird pressure have found it helps to desiccate the sunflower crop and harvest early, before the birds move in. The grower might be able to get by without desiccating, but why take a chance when it comes to blackbirds? It will mean extra money in the bank this fall. Here are some helpful links:

Markets
Farmers have taken advantage of the recent rally in birdfood prices as a lot of crop was traded in the past few weeks. Birdfood prices were as high as $22 per cwt but have since backed off into a range of $18-$19 on the increased sales. Prices at the crush plants have also been on the increase gaining $3.70 per cwt since the market low was set. Nearby prices ended the week mixed at unchanged to up 20 cents. Beneficial rain was received in some of the most drought stricken areas of the Dakotas last week. More precipitation will be needed during the remainder of the sunflower growing season to ensure good crop development. USDA shocked traders with a bearish crop production forecast for 2017 soybeans and corn last week. USDA’s rosier than expected production forecast sent CBoT contracts into a tailspin. Farmers and traders had been expecting a much more bearish forecast from USDA because of drought and other poor weather conditions. USDA estimated the US 2017 soybean crop at 4,381 million bushels, which if realized would be a new record. Traders were expecting a number closer to 4,212 million bushels. USDA estimates for global corn, soybean and wheat 2017/18 end stocks were also negative. The trade will continue to digest the USDA numbers in the near term. This and weather reports will control price direction.

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