Sunflower could be the perfect crop for producers in the High Plains states this year, thanks to competitive prices and recent moisture in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. And it’s not too late to plant sunflowers and still qualify for crop insurance. The final planting date for 2014 crop insurance purposes is June 25 for most counties in the region (check out your county at www.sunflowernsa.com/growers/crop-insurance/
). The final planting date is the last day you can plant the crop and still get full coverage. Cash and Act of God contracts are available for confection, high oleic, and NuSun.
“Sunflowers are an economically viable crop alternative for producers in the High Plains states,” says Karl Esping, a sunflower producer from Lindsborg, Kansas and Chairman of the Kansas Sunflower Commission. “Sunflowers do well in both irrigated and dry land cropping systems in the region and are a good ‘double crop’ option where growing season length permits. And there are sunflower processing plants in the High Plains, which give producers market outlets and helps ensure the long-run economic viability of the sunflower enterprise in the region.
In 2013, 300,000 acres of sunflowers, both oil and non-oil, were planted in the High Plains states of Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
For more information on the benefits of planting sunflower, visit www.sunflowernsa.com