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The National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) is a national, non-for profit, producer-funded organization that works on behalf of the sunflower growers of Canada to promote and expand the industry, both internationally and domestically.  The NSAC represents approximately 350 producers of both confectionary and oilseed sunflowers throughout the Prairie Provinces.

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NSAC Annual General Meeting

Posted: December 1, 2015

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice issued December 1, 2015

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the members of the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) will be held February 10, 2016 at 10:55 a.m. at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, 1808 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, MB during the CropConnect Conference.

Note: Registration to CropConnect Conference is not required to attend Annual General Meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. To approve the minutes of the 2015 members meeting.
  2. To receive the financial statements of NSAC for the current fiscal year.
  3. To appoint the auditor for NSAC.
  4. To receive the board and managers’ report.
  5. To elect 1 director for the NSAC Board.

Nominees must be a producer of sunflowers and are in good standing with NSAC (must not have requested a levy refund but have remitted check-off to the Association in the past two years). Nominations to serve on the Board of Directors can be made by submitting the candidate’s name to the NSAC office prior to the commencement of the meeting, or by nominating a candidate during the call for nominations at the Annual General Meeting.

MB Sunflower Variety Performance Trial Data RESULTS

Posted: November 26, 2015

The Manitoba Variety Performance trials are coordinated by the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) in conjunction with Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development. This data set serves as a tool to provide growers with non-bias performance data on varieties that are registered or are being considered for registration by the seed company.

In 2015, the NSAC established five sunflower variety performance sites in various sunflower growing areas across the province of Manitoba. Unfortunately, two sites were lost this year; Beausejour to high moisture and Carberry due to contractor errors at planting. The remaining sites were Elm Creek, Holland and Pierson.

Click here to see the results.

Desiccation: Why, When and What Products to Use

Posted: September 3, 2015

Why should I consider desiccating my sunflowers?
Desiccation timingNatural desiccation can be slow and uneven. Poor weather can cause reduced quality and yield through stem breakage, shattering and predation by blackbirds. To speed up the natural desiccation process, it may be worthwhile to consider the use of a chemical desiccation. Chemical desiccants are generally typical herbicides that have achieved special registration to be used as a harvest aid.

What is the right stage to desiccate at?
Timing of desiccation is critical as application prior to physiological maturity can result in decreased quality, seed size and test weight. Sunflowers are physiologically mature at the stage R-9. At this stage, the seeds have reached maximum size and bushel weight. Visually, this is when the back of the head is yellow and the bracts are brown and seed moisture is between 30-35%.

The bract tip turns brown at 40-50%. At this stage, seed moisture is too high and the plant has not reached physiological maturity. The broadest part of the bract should be turning brown. It is at this stage that the seeds are between 30-35% moisture and
desiccation can be performed.

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