Harvesting High Mositure Sunflower – Tips
Posted: October 7, 2014
“Long-term sunflower storage is typically targeted around 9-10%, but harvesting sunflowers with higher moisture can result in higher yields, less bird damage and less seed dropping and degrading from diseases. Under the current fall conditions, drying is probably mandatory so harvesting can be completed.” Read Harvesting High Moisture Sunflowers for some excellent harvest tips.
Don’t know how to test for moisture content in your sunflowers? Read Sunflower Mositure Content Bulletin.
MB Sunflower Crop Report – September 19
Posted: September 22, 2014
Observations over the past week are showing that 65-70% of the sunflower crop has reached the R-9 stage, 15-20% are in R-8 stage and the last 10-15% are at the R-7 stage. Therefore, 20-30% of the sunflower crop is very susceptible to a killing frost.
Report includes frost update and harvest considerations.
To read the full report, click Sept 19 2014 MB Sunflower Crop Report
How to determine Sunflower Moisture Content?
Posted: September 17, 2014
Is there another method to determine if sunflowers are ready to desiccate?
The answer is “yes”. This season many sunflower fields are not showing ALL the typical characteristics for physiological maturity, particularly brown bracts. Therefore, how can you tell if the sunflower seed moisture content is 30-35% moisture?
Click here to read our Sunflower Mositure Content Bulletin