NSAC Funded Research Programs

2019 Approved Sunflower Research

Sunflower research in Canada is very minimal, therefore one of the top priorities of National Sunflower Association of Canada is to fund research activities that will provide growers the information to better understand and respond to crop limiting factors. In 2019, the NSAC has had to scale back on research funding because of a decrease in check-off revenues.

Development of Long Type Confection Sunflower Hybrids  
Funded in part with Diverse Fields Crops Cluster, CAP – Research & Innovation and WGRF
Principal Researchers: Mike Hagen, Darcelle Graham
Project  Description – An initiative to develop and market new confection seed varieties for Canadian sunflower producers. The project has the goal to provide growers access to new seed varieties that have characteristics specifically suited for northern growing conditions.

Manitoba Sunflower Variety Performance Trials – in-kind support by NSAC
The Manitoba Sunflower Variety Performance Trials are organized and conducted by the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) in co-ordination with Manitoba Agriculture. The varieties that appear in these trials are hybrids sunflower breeding companies are actively pursuing or marketing in Manitoba.

NSA Sunflower Survey – in-kind support by NSAC
Project Description – In conjunction  with the National Sunflower Association of the U.S., a survey is conducted  surveying 1 field for every 10,000 acres. Survey teams assess Sunflower fields  for yield, weeds, insects, disease and bird damage.  The survey will provide growers with a North American prospective of the  Sunflower crop.  Data results are published on the NSA Website www.sunflowernsa.com\