Category: Sunflowers

Wheat Pete’s Word, November 2 — Stuffed Elevators, Double Crop Delights, Good Science, & Sunflower Seeds

Despite a tough year, there are reports of Ontario elevators running at full capacity or right full. Some farmers are reporting a record wheat and soybean year, which explains the full delivery points, but as harvest winds down many farmers will be happy with average, at best. That’s where we start with this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word,… Read more »

Treat This Crop Like the High Value Crop It Is And It Will Pay

While sunflowers often pencil out well, concerns about quality and yield risk at the end of the year are all-too-common when it comes to growing them. “It’s a high value crop and if you treat it that way, it’s going to pay,” says Troy Turner, agronomist for the National Sunflower Association of Canada, in the… Read more »

The Rule of Thumb for Sunflower Disease: The Lighter the Lesion, the Bigger the Losses

Sunflowers may rival flax for the honour of “prettiest crop,” but this brightly flowered food and oilseed crop has another rather dubious distinction — disease magnet. From the very ominous sounding phoma black stem, to the insidious sclerotinia, Real Agriculture caught up with Sam Markell, extension plant pathologist with North Dakota State University to talk… Read more »

Take to the Skies Via GoPro for an Aerial Application Ride-Along

Ever wondered what it would be like to skim just above beautiful flowering sunflowers on a bright summer day? We can’t arrange a real-life ride-along in a crop duster, but courtesy of Mark Rohrich and Jenny Dewey Rohrich at Maverick Ag and LaDelle George of LaDelle’s Spraying service, based in North Dakota, you can at… Read more »

Over $1.8M Announced for Western Canada Sunflower Varietal Development

Fairfax, Manitoba – An over $1.8M contribution to the non-profit National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) was announced today, by Member of Parliament Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and the Honourable Ron Kostyshyn, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. The funding will support the development of new seed varieties and boost sunflower acreage… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks West — Ep. 15: Cutworms and Wireworms and Spraying, Oh My!

The first few weeks’ of crop growth are critical for two things — one, evaluating your seeding or planting pass; and, two, providing timely protection for the crop at its most vulnerable stage. In this special version of the Agronomy Geeks podcast, I’m joined by Brunel Sabourin, agronomic advisor with Cargill based at Morris, Man…. Read more »

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… Read more »

Interested in Sunflowers for ’14? Reasons Why You Should be: A CropConnect Preview

Sunflowers aren’t just one of the prettiest crops to grow, they’re also an increasingly attractive cropping option for 2014 for some areas. While still a small acreage area crop in Manitoba, both oil and confection sunflowers can be a profitable option and one with several benefits that go beyond a basic crop budget. That’s the… Read more »