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Sunflower Briefs
February 2010

USDA Crop Report Shows Strong Yields

The USDA January production report showed continued yield increases for U.S. sunflower. The 2009 national average yield for oil-type sunflower was 1,563 lbs/ac just one pound shy of tying the all-time record of 1,564 lbs, set in 2005.

South Dakota yields reflected the greatest increase. The 2009 average oil-type sunflower yield in that state was a record 1,800 lbs up 20 from the 2008 record for South Dakota. The 2009 was also a record setter for Kansas oil sunflower. The average yield of 1,580 lbs/ac breaks the previous record, going back to 1998, of 1,570 lbs/ac. The 2009 North Dakota average yield of 1,520 lbs/ac is the third highest average yield in the state.

09 Crop Survey Results on NSA Website

Results of the 2009 National Sunflower Association crop survey are now available on the NSA website. Go to and click on 2009 Crop Survey. The NSA has been conducting an intensive crop survey annually since 2002.

The number of fields surveyed in a county or region depends on the amount of acres planted to sunflower. Surveyors randomly select a field or fields in that county and evaluate yield potential and identify diseases, insects, weeds and other pests and production issues. A GPS reading is taken on each field and state maps have been generated detailing the location(s) of a certain pest. These maps can be compared to maps from previous years. The reports and accompanying maps are good planning tools for state cooperative extension services, crop protection and seed companies, and the NSA Research Committee and Board of Directors.

Record Attendance at Research Forum

A record number of registrants at the 2010 Natonal Sunflower Association Research Forum, held in Fargo, N.D., in January, heard from 40 researchers from eight states and one Canadian province. Reports of progress on identifying insect-resistant breeding material for the stem weevil, the banded and head moth and the red sunflower seed weevil were very encouraging. Reports on Sclerotinia head and stalk rot tolerance/resistance indicate research continues to make good gains in experimental hybrids and germplasm. A bird repellant shows excellent potential in caged trials. One area of concern is the lack of new herbicide chemistries that can be tested on sunflower.

Presentations from the 2010 NSA Sunflower Research Forum can be viewed online at

Deere Looking for Multi-Generation Families

Sunflower fields in bloom are popular photos for calendars. John Deere is looking for multi-generation families who use their equipment and have unique photo opportunities on their farm, such as a blooming sunflower field. Farms of three of more generations are preferred.

If you are interested in this project and want to be considered, details can be found at

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