The National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) is recruiting for a Sunflower Research Agronomist in the Carman, Manitoba area.

National Sunflower Association of Canada is a producer funded organization. We undertake research and market development, coordinate education, promotion and communications initiatives for Sunflower growers of Canada.

Job Description:
The successful candidate will lead the sunflower research portfolio and production activities under the guidance of the Executive Director to implement NSAC’s strategic plan. Key job areas and responsibilities include trial management and supporting activities related to NSAC’s Confection Sunflower Variety Development Initiative and variety performance trials. In addition, the Research Agronomist will provide agronomic and crop production support through several communication outlets directed to producer members and industry representatives.

Education and Experience:
University or college degree or diploma or 3 to 4 years of experience with a strong background in agronomy. Knowledge of agronomy research design and field work, and statistical analysis, is an asset, as well as being proficient in Microsoft Suite. Applicants must be eligible for registration or are registered members with the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists.

Click here for the full job description. For more information call, 204-745-6776.

Some crops are more sensitive to herbicide carry-over than others. Last years herbicide choice may impact this year’s crop planted on that land. Sunflowers specifically, can be negatively affected by residues of a number of herbicides. Visual damage can vary from mild to severe symptoms, but yield potential and quality can be affected greatly.

This quick guide will allow you to ensure your field and seedlings are in the clear of residue carryover and injury. For more information, consult your Guide to Crop Protection.

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.

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.


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

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


Sunflower Newsletter screenshot

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

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