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Sunflower Harvest Gets Underway

Sunflower Harvest Gets Underway

Southern South Dakota yields are ranging from 2,300 to 2,800 pounds per acre.

The National Sunflower Association is reporting that sunflower harvest is getting underway in the Dakota and Minnesota, with some areas reaching 20% complete thanks to last week's warm, dry weather.

Harvest is 74% complete in Texas, 36% complete in Minnesota; 20% complete in Kansas and Colorado; 6% complete in South Dakota and 5% complete in North Dakota, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The NSA says that yield reports from areas in south central South Dakota haved ranged from 2,365 to 2,805 pounds per acre. Test weights are averaging around 32 with highs over 33 and lows at 28. The moisture levels are averaging around 10 percent.

Confection quality is said to be very good in early harvested fields. 

High winds in the Dakotas last week help to dry down the crop quickly, but also caused some lodging. Phomopsis is present in many areas.

Overall, there is optimism on yield potential. However, there is considerable time between now and final harvest, says Larry Kleingartner, NSA executive director.  

Harvest pressure is starting to affect nearby prices and is expected to continue in the near term, according to the NSA's weekly market outlook. At press time, prices were $26.95 per cwt at Fargo and Enderlin, N.D. For price updates see

The USDA sunflower stocks report released last week was in line with industry expectations, according to Kleingartner. Old crop sunflower stocks in all positions on Sept. 1 totaled 259 million pounds, down 34T% from a year ago.

Farmers have been aggressive sellers this marketing year as prices climbed to historically high levels. All stocks stored on farms totaled only 6% of the total with the remaining stocks in industry hands. This should lead to attractive 2012 new crop price offerings, Kleingartner says.

Source: National Sunflower Association

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