The Spring 2010 issue features a focus on sunflower research including articles on strip tillage sunflowers, sunflower rust and preparing for the upcoming year, the changes for the MB Sunflower Surveillance Survey and a special pull-out scouting and insect identification card.

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The Winter 2009 issue features the results of the 2009 MB Post-Registration Trial data, a look back at the first year of the MB Sunflower Surveillance Survey, a review of the research conducted in 2009 and the progress to date and what the CFIA Variety Registration amendment mean to sunflower producers.

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The Spring 2009 issue features articles on sunflower insecticides and the effects on honeybees, details on the launch of the Manitoba Sunflower Surveillance Survey, a focus on sunflower rust research and approved project for 2009

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The Canadian Sunflower Grower premier edition featuring the 2008 MB Sunflower Post-registration trial data, CFIA variety registration system amendments, crop insurance coverage options for sunflowers and a feature article on combating sunflower insects.

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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.

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.

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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.

Canadian sunflower growers will benefit from higher yields and increased competitiveness thanks to the support of the Government of Canada. Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced today an investment of $1.1 million to the National Sunflower Association of Canada to develop and market new seed varieties.

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