News & Events

MB Sunflower Surveillance Survey – July 5th Report

Posted: July 5, 2013

“Crop staging is from V-6 to V-12. Crop development has accelerated in the heat.  Significant rainfall limited progress in the South Western regions with some crop loss observed.”

Click here to read the full report.

MB Sunflower Surveillance Survey – NEED FIELDS

Posted: June 20, 2013

The 2013 MB Sunflower Surveillance Survey is underway and we are in need of more fields.  Please call the office at (204) 745-6776 to sign up fields or email  In your email please provide field legal land description, variety, date planted as well as you contact information – email and phone number.

Reports will be release every second Monday and sent out to registered members and available online.

New Parntership = New Event

Posted: June 11, 2013

A partnership of five commodity groups has been formed to host the first ever CropConnect Conference in 2014.

Manitoba Canola Growers Association, Manitoba Corn Growers Association, Manitoba Flax Growers Association, Manitoba Pulse
Growers Association, and the National Sunflower Association of Canada make up the host committee for the CropConnect Conference.

CropConnect will run for two days offering a wide range of speakers, access to crop specific information, a tradeshow, and a banquet. The event will also include the five participating organization’s annual general meetings. The canola and flax industries are excited to be joining forces with the corn, pulse and sunflower sectors to create this new, top-notch event. Agriculture in Manitoba is very diverse meaning that the five organizations share a lot of the same members. The overall intention of this event is to combine some of what can be an overwhelming calendar of events down into one dynamic program that has something of value for every person in attendance.

Mark your calendars. CropConnect Conference will be at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre in Winnipeg on February 18-19, 2014.

More information will be shared in the coming months including a website for the event and speaker announcements.

Click here to read the full press release.

2013 MB Sunflower Surveillance Survey Underway

Posted: June 10, 2013

The 2013 MB Sunflower Surveillance Survey is underway!

Growers interested in signing up their fields for the surveillance survey, please email ( or call (204-745-6776) with their sunflower field legal land description.

Click here to read the introductory report – June 10, 2013

Click here to see the special bulletin on cutworms.


Posted: June 4, 2013

Sunflowers are still a good choice for late crop planting plans as once established, the crop grows quickly. Strategies for working with late-planted sunflower include:

* Switch to an early maturing hybrid.
* Tillage operation prior to planting to blacken the soil and warm it up for quicker emergence.
* Plant shallow, but into moisture, for faster emergence.
* Reduce some of the inputs to lower crop production costs (such as nitrogen fertilizer, as the yield potential has fallen slightly vs. a mid-May planting)
* Plant slightly higher populations for quicker drydown.
* Minimize use of “plant health” fungicides to avoid late-season drydown issues.
* Consider using a desiccant to aid drydown if it can be applied in time to be effective.

Corgan Registered for use on Sunflowers

Posted: May 8, 2013

April 10, 2013 – Coragen® Insecticide Provides Broad-Spectrum and Residual Control of Many Pests

Powered by Rynaxypyr®, DuPont™ Coragen® is from a whole new group of chemistry (Group 28) with no cross-resistance to other chemistries. As such, it provides excellent control of pest populations that are resistant to other insecticides. It controls hatching insects all the way through to adult stages of development and is easy on bees and beneficials.

Coragen® is now registered for use on canola and sunflowers and is also registered for use on: brassica vegetables, cucurbit vegetables, corn (field, sweet, seed, pop), fodder and hay, fruiting vegetables, grass forage, greenhouse vegetables, leafy vegetables, mint, non-grass animal feeds, okra, potatoes, tuberous and corm vegetables. The broad-spectrum and residual control attributes of Coragen® make it a great tool in managing the quality of these many crops.

Please click here to see the full label.

Sourced from: DuPont Canada website.

Ag-Chieve Free Grain Marketing Strategies Webinars

Posted: November 18, 2012

Ag-Chieve will be providing a series of free online meetings throughout the winter exploring how western Canadian farmers can find balance in the short term & long term grain market trends.  You will gain an understanding of the importance of using technical analysis to pick target areas for short term sales, using the fundamentals and long term charts to forecast the markets for the long term, and analyzing cash and basis prices. Join us to learn how to make extra $ per bushel on short term decisions and an in-depth look at whether there could be a big payoff to holding production into the winter or spring 2013. Free online registration at

Sunflower Cash Advance Rates

Posted: August 1, 2012

The 2012-2013 Cash Advance Program for Special Crops is now available. It entitles each producer to $100,000.00 Interest Free and an additional $300,000.00 with an Interest charge of Prime – ¼%. No producer is allowed to go over the $400,000.00 total at any time – this includes money received from any other administrators such as CWB or CCGA.

Pre-Production Advance Rates for this year are as follows:

  • Confectionary Sunflowers $0.17/lb
  • Oilseed Sunflowers $0.14/lb

Final Deadlines for Pre-Production Applications is October 31 , 2012. The Sunflower Cash Advance program is adminsitered by the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. For more infomration or to apply for a Sunflower Cash Advance contact MCGA at 1-877-598-5685.

*NEW* Sunflower Production Guide

Posted: August 1, 2012

NSAC has released an updated and revised Sunflower Production Guide. The guide will provide growers with an education tool touching on crop production issues with sunflowers including an update weed, insect and disease section as well as blackbird control techniques and integrated pest management section. The guide will be available in limited print format and online via the NSAC website.

Read the Sunflower Production Guide

Sunflower Herbicide Chart Addendum – Manitoba Guide to Field Crop Protection 2012

Posted: August 1, 2012

An addendum has been issued for the sunflower herbicide chart from the Manitoba Guide to Field Crop Protection 2012. Please use the attached chart to help make herbicide choices this spring. The table is just a guide and you should always consult the product label for information including rates, water volumes and re-cropping restrictions. Throughout the last few years new products have been registered for use on sunflowers offering higher levels of weed control.

If you have any further questions, please contact Claire Kincaid at (204) 750-2555 or the marketing company for the herbicide in question.