Sunflower Morphology and Staging
Posted: July 24, 2015
Do you know the morphology of a sunflower head?
Here is a cheat sheet to help with identifying the parts and assist with staging for pesticide applications.
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“BEE”-friendly when applying insecticides in Sunflowers
Posted: July 20, 2015
REMINDER: Producers are encouraged to take the appropriate steps to reduce risk to honey bees when spraying insecticides. This is for the benefit of both sunflower growers and beekeepers.
Important steps include:
1. Scout fields for seed damaging insects and beneficial insects, only apply insectides if necessary.
2. Spray in the evening when honey bees have returned to the hive and communicate with bee keepers.
3. Select insecticides that provide effective control of the targeted pests while minimizing impact on bees.
4. Communicate with beekeepers in your area. Honeybees can increase both the number and weight of sunflower seeds through increased pollination
Sunflower Disease. What could be lurking in your 2015 sunflower crop?
Posted: July 3, 2015
Many of the early seeded sunflowers are now beginning to reach the end of their vegetative stages and moving into reproductive growth stages. It is at this time that sunflower become vulnerable to diseases that can harm your yields and quality. Once your sunflowers have reached the R-1 stage, it is time to begin watching for signs of rust.
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