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Selling your Sunflower Production?   Sunflower Markets are Strong   As we approach harvest thoughts naturally turn to selling the production and capturing the year’s rewards.   Two main end uses exist for your Black Oil sunflower seeds – Oil Crush for food and industrial use and Birdseed for...

Sunflower hosts a number of Insect Pests.  You should be scouting for head infesting insects in your fields now. Red Sunflower Seed Weevils, Sunflower Moth and Banded Sunflower Moth can all damage heads as they flower and begin to form the seeds that you want to...

Growers should scout fields now to evaluate pre-emerge sunflower weed control performance and identify weed species and populations. Post-emergent applications are most effective when weeds are small. Control weeds post emergent in your Sunflower Crop. Post planting weed control especially for broadleaf weeds in Sunflower production...

Looking for a crop to Double Crop? If you are looking to double crop behind your winter wheat you should  consider Sunflower as an option. Double Crop Economics ---- Sunflower vs. Soybean New crop Oil Sunflower pricing  remains competitive with Soybean futures. High demand for sunflower oil...

Check your Sunflower Stand! Achieving the target population in Sunflower production is key to optimum production. Evaluate your stand Now that you have planted the crop it is critical that you monitor the plant population while there is still time to replant if needed. There are several factors...

Sunflower Seed Size Growers often times request a certain size when ordering their Sunflower seed but researchers have consistently found little difference in performance of small to larger size seed.  Oil Sunflower seed is sized from the largest Size 2 to smallest as size 4. No Effect on...

Sunflower was a very profitable crop choice in 2020 and that looks to continue into 2021. According to the North Dakota 2021 Projected Crop Budgets – South Central Region - oil (with premium for 42.5% oil) and confection sunflower return more net revenue over...

Selecting the right Sunflower hybrid starts with the expected end use of your production!   Sunflower market opportunities include “Confection” seeds for direct human consumption, oil seeds for human and industrial oil use, and seed for wild bird food.    Confection seeds are unique in size...

USDA Foresees 44% Hike in Crop Size vs. 2019 USDA released its first production estimate for the 2020 sunflower crop in October.  The forecast is for a harvest of all types of 2.81 billion pounds, 44% higher than in 2019 and the highest since 2015. Growers planted...