Sliding commodity markets have many producers wondering what to plant.
After 3 years of high times, farmers are now sharpening their pencils trying to determine which crop will turn a profit.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has more on this years seed sales.
After years of corn on corn...a roughly 4 dollar corn price has many producers looking towards a new row crop to turn a profit.
(Chris Hills / Nuseed) Corn got of to a real good start last year this year it has been the sunflower side of things. The confection market, the de hull market, the speciality markets like that have done really well and off to a good start for us this year.
Chris Hills with Nuseed is the territory manager for southwestern North Dakota.
He says corn sales are down, and sunflower sales are currently leading soybeans sales for western North Dakota.
(Chris Hills / Nuseed) I think we are definitely going to be up for sure this year from last year, South Dakota had more sunflowers than North Dakota did last year for the first year in a long time. And I think we will definitely be able to compete this year with sunflower acres.
Matt Maughan with Pioneer Seed agrees that corn sales have been flat.
While its been the best year yet for soybean sales for Pioneer in western North Dakota.
He says soybean sales are up at least 30%.
(Matt Maughan / Pioneer Agronomist) In the South Central part of the state like Strasbourg there will be some switch from corn to soybeans, just because they have been growing soybeans for a longer period of time so there is more experience there. We will see some switching of acres there, but as you go further west, soybean acres will take over some of the sunflower acres and canola acres.
Maughan says there has been an increase in soybean sales along the Missouri River in the Linton, Strasburg and Wilton areas.