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This is the Sunflower Market News for 04/19/2024

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Sunflowers are priced per hundred weight (CWT).

NuSun Prices

Location April Change May Change June Change
West Fargo ND NQ unch NQ unch 15.50 Call unch
Enderlin ND 13.70 unch 13.70 unch 14.70 unch
Prices recorded here are believed to be reliable at the time of posting. All prices are subject to change. Contact these facilities for complete market details.


High Oleic Prices

Location April Change May Change June Change 2024 New Crop Change
West Fargo ND 13.75 unch 13.75 unch 15.25 unch 19.25 Cash/19.25 AOG unch
Enderlin ND 14.20 unch 14.20 unch 15.20 unch 19.00 Cash/Call for AOG unch
Lamar CO 16.00 +.30 16.20 +.30 16.40 +.30 20.00 AOG unch



  Trading Range Nearby Close Change
Soybean Oil +.17 to +.28 44.38 +.26
Soybean Meal +4.90 to +5.60 343.50 +5.50
Market Comments

Nearby prices were unchanged to up 30 cents with new crop unchanged this week at the crush plants. There is still time for producers to adjust their plans for this growing season to take advantage of the market opportunities that sunflowers can offer. The USDA planting intentions report showed planting of sunflower acres 31% below last year. The lower acreage offers the opportunity to diversify market risk with some sunflower acres in 2024. If you are concerned about the weather impacting yields, plants are still offering Act of God (AOG) contracts for fall delivery.  These ‘fail safe’ contracts have become very popular with farmers throughout the production region.  It provides an opportunity to ‘lock in’ attractive prices now for fall delivery and removes that all important factor of ‘yield risk’ when uncertain growing conditions exist. Something else to consider is the oil premiums that crush plants pay on sunflower. Sunflower is the only oilseed that pays premiums for oil content above 40%. Considering oil premiums that are offered at the crush plants on oil content above 40% at a rate of 2% price premium for each 1% of oil above 40%; this pushes a contract with 45% oil content gross return 10% higher per cwt. The $19.00-$19.25 base contract increases to around $21.00 when adding in the oil premium. In the week ahead traders will be keeping tabs on the Middle East region after Israel’s rocket attack on Iran, U.S. planting progress and harvest progress in South America.

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