March 13, 2017


National Sunflower Association of Canada Inc. announces Daryl Rex as Research Agronomist

Daryl Rex will be responsible for the NSAC research portfolio under the guidance of the board of directors, including the Confection Sunflower Variety Development Initiative trials, grower services program and variety development trials.

Carman, Manitoba – NSAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Daryl Rex as Research Agronomist. NSAC is a national, non-for-profit, producer funded organization that works on behalf of the sunflower growers of Canada to promote and expand the industry, both internationally and domestically.  The NSAC represents approximately 350 producers of both confectionary and oilseed sunflowers through the Prairie Provinces.

Daryl has significant experience in trial management, implementing and conducting research trials for many different crops types in Western Canada.  He has specialized in the coordination and management of varietal and agronomic research plots from design through to harvest including statistical analysis of trial data. His experience combined with the knowledge of Manitoba crop production systems and agriculture make him well suited as the Research Agronomist for NSAC.  Daryl can be reached at 204-745-6776 or

About NSAC
The National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), Inc. was initiated at a meeting in Carman, MB on November 18, 1996. The association addresses the sunflower industry with one voice and membership includes producers, oil and confection type buyers, exporters and processors, pesticide manufacturers and dealers and the seed industry.  The NSAC mission statement is “to insure the profitability and long term growth of the sunflower crop through industry wide leadership.” NSAC is funded by a 0.5% check off levy and is governed by a board of directors, including elected active producers and appointed industry representatives.

Contact Information:

National Sunflower Association of Canada Inc.
Box 1269 Carman, Manitoba R0G 0J0

2017 Annual General Meeting
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Wednesday, February 15th, 2016
10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – Call to Order
10:55 a.m. – Election Procedure Approval
11:00 a.m. – Minutes of the 2016 Annual General Meeting
11:05 a.m. – 2016 Financial Report
Appointment of Auditors
11:10 a.m. – Board and Executive Director Report
11:15 a.m. – Election of Directors
11:20 a.m. – Other Business
Manitoba Commodity Organization – Strengthening Member Value
11:25 a.m. – Adjourn

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