Banded Sunflower Moth counts on the rise! Time to Scout…
Posted: July 24, 2014
As a follow up to our July 17, 2014 crop report, banded sunflower moth counts have increased. Refer to the chart for counts in your area. NOTE: The threshold is 1 banded sunflower moth per 2 plants.
July 17, 2014 Sunflower Crop Report
Posted: July 17, 2014
Sunflowers in the red river valley are nearing or are in the R-1 to R-3 stage. In the SW part of the province, V8 to V12. Monitoring for banded sunflower moth continues and over the past two weeks, trap counts are nearing economical thresholds (RM of Dufferin and Woodlands). With the current staging of sunflowers in the RRV and if trap counts continue to climb, an insecticide application will be warranted. Traps will be monitored until the second week of August. Follow us on twitter for to update counts. (Table 1—Page 2)
Other insects to watch are bud moth, sunflower seed weevil, stem weevil, and lygus bug. (Figure 1) All these insects can affect seed quality, specifically in confections, and Canada Sunflower #1 standards are 2% insect damage. Continue to scout and monitor insect pressure.
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ATTENTION: MB Sunflower Growers RE: MASC Grade Guarantee
Posted: July 15, 2014
The National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), along with Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), have been working together to determine whether confection and oilseed sunflowers are adequately covered under Crop Insurance in both areas of risk and quality.
Currently, the grade factors for sunflowers are as follows:
Oilseed sunflowers – #2 Canada
Confectionary sunflowers – #2 Canada
What is the concern over the current grade status?
- The current grades do not reflect a producers’ risk of growing sunflowers;
- sunflower quality has increased drastically over the past 5 years due to improvements in genetics, pesticides and best management practices;
- processors have optical sorters which enable #1 equivalent product;
- the sunflower industry does not follow CGC Grade Standards.
The NSAC is looking for producer feedback to provide MASC a unified decision on behalf of sunflower growers on the their preference for sunflower coverage for the 2015 and future sunflower crop year(s). Please take 5 minutes to answer these 5 questions pertaining to your MASC sunflower coverage. Click here to provide your opinion.