What you Don't See on a Crop Budget — The Case for Sunflowers in Rotation

A basic crop budget will tally up fixed and variable costs to compare to average or projected crop prices, yes, but how do you account for some non-cash pros and cons of growing a particular crop? These benefits can range from soil management, to ease of seeding, to herbicide resistance management and more. Each of these has an impact on the success of the subsequent crop (or saving you headaches in the short and long term), but they’re not always easy to account for in a crop budget.

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In this interview from CropConnect 2014, RealAgriculture editor Lyndsey Smith talks sunflower production with Kevin Capistran, president of the National Sunflower Association and farmer from Minnesota. Capistran offers several reasons why sunflowers are a solid rotation options for many farmers in his area and in Western Canada — from nutrient use efficiency through diverse rooting systems, to harvest management, and even having a headache-free seeding option following corn.

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