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2016 Sunflower Variety Performance Trial DATA RESULTS

Posted: November 10, 2016

The 2016 Sunflower Variety Performance Trial data results are now available!

The varieties that appear in these trials are hybrids sunflower breeding companies are actively pursuing or marketing in Manitoba. These varieties may be in the experimental stage or registered with the CFIA.

Click here to see the full data set.

2017 Cost of Production Worksheet

Posted: November 10, 2016

Have you ran the numbers on sunflowers for your farm? Early indications are showing that sunflowers are in the top 5 most profitable crops to grow in 2017.

The Cost of Production Worksheet was prepared on behalf of the National Sunflower Association of Canada to demonstrate recommended production practices shared by producers who successfully produce quality sunflower seeds in Manitoba.  The following budgets are estimates of costs utilizing MSRP pricing and average pricing from six fertilizer retailers from around Manitoba. Some costs, both fixed and variable may be different depending on each individual operation.

Click here to access the spreadsheet.


Are your properly identifying Sunflower Diseases?

Posted: August 24, 2016

Sunflower Diseases are starting to pop up as the sunflower crop matures. Do you know the difference between the various head and stock diseases that affect sunflowers?

It’s important a grower properly identifies the disease, to understand the disease cycle, damage and management for future years. Here is a quick layout depicting the various diseases. To read more, visit our Sunflower Production Guide – Disease section

Sunflower News for June 17, 2016

Posted: June 17, 2016

Check out the latest newsletter for June 17, 2016 featuring current crop staging, the battle of cutworms and the first observed sign of sunflower rust in Manitoba.

June 17 newsletter

Planting progress, cutworms and production timelines

Posted: June 3, 2016


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to read the latest sunflower newsletter for June 3, 2016 on sunflower planting progress, cutworms and production timelines.

In-Crop Herbicide Selection and Timing

Posted: May 31, 2016

How to stage your sunflowers for spray timing?

The minimum plant stage for most herbicides in sunflower is 2-leaf. These are the first two leaves that come out opposite of the cotyledons. The next leaves must be half as long as the previous ones to be considered 3-4 leaf. The same rule applies up to the 8-leaf stage.

*Reminder to consult your Guide to Crop Protection for further information.  



Crop Stage

Weed Types

Registered Tank-mixes

Assert 300SC 32 ac/jug 2 to 8 leaf Broadleaf

(Stink weed, Mustard)

Muster T-N-G 8 to 12g 2 to 8 leaf Broadleaf Assure II
Express SG 6 g/ac 2 to 8 leaf Broadleaf (Lambsquarters, Wild Buckwheat) Assure II
Solo ADV 40 ac/case 2 to 8 leaf Broadleaf and Grassy None
Clethodim (Centurion, Poast Ultra. Select, Etc.) 20 to 54 ac/ case All growth stages Grasses None registered
Assure II 40 to 54 ac/case No leaf stage restrictions Grasses Express, Muster T-N-G

New Nitrogen recommendations for sunflowers?

Posted: April 25, 2016

Well it looks like spring has sprung! Fertility is top of mind as planting is in the near future, specifically regarding nitrogen. New research out of NDSU is suggesting alternative recommendations for ND farmers. However, this research has not been duplicated in Manitoba and at this point in time cannot be confirmed.

The Sunflower Nitrogen Calculator for North Dakota which incorporates the new N and P recommendations from NDSU are based on general productivity history and not a yield prediction model. N and P recommendations are based on both documented yield responses to each and economic analysis.

The NSAC is currently reviewing the calculator to ensure that it is a suitable tool for Canadian growers.  The current fertility recommendation for Manitoba sunflower growers base on MAFRD is 145 lb N/ac for a 2500 yield goal. 

*NEED GROWER COOPERATORS. NSAC is looking for grower cooperators to test the NDSU calculator in Manitoba to validate the recommendations. Growers will be asked to do +/- 30 lbs of nitrogen and replicate it 3 times.  If you are interested in participating contact Troy Turner at (204) 750-2555.*

Nobody likes a dirty field, especially Sunflowers!

Posted: March 31, 2016

Weeds have always and still can be a major production issue in sunflowers. This is due to the fact that sunflower plant populations are purposely very low to achieve larger seed size. This allows for ample sunlight to get to the ground during the early season. Weeds then can thrive if not taken care of, resulting in poor crop performance, yield loss, and the potential to harbor disease that can negatively affect a sunflower crop.  The good news is that sunflowers now have new herbicide options available!

With the development of herbicide tolerant varieties, there are now two herbicide options for growers. Used along side a good pre-emerge product, excellent weed control results can be achieved. Always remember to consult the label or company representative on all products before using.

Registered herbicides for sunflowers.

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