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Sunflower Briefs
April 2013

NSA Board Funds 2013 Research Projects

During its meeting in late February, the National Sunflower Association Board of Directors approved funding for more than $388,265 toward research funding for 2013. Among the projects were four related to disease issues (including rust, Phomopsis, downy mildew), awarded a total of $65,622. Two insect projects focusing on seed- and stem-infesting insect pests were granted $49,396. One weed project that will complement past work, but also will serve to take a closer look at glyphosate-resistant broadleaf weed management, was awarded $12,040.

In the production category, which includes funding for the 2013 crop survey, money was granted to eight projects totaling $133,107. Other projects in this category will address nitrogen management, supplemental irrigation, dryland crop rotation, blackbird management, fatty acid composition and combine fire prevention research. Also approved were ongoing projects for rust resistance in confection sunflower funded through a specialty crop block grant, and the doubled-haploid project funded through seed companies.

Contributions by the High Plains Sunflower Committee, private seed companies, state checkoff councils/commissions and state ag research funds were also a part of the overall sunflower research picture.

Bottling NuSun Oil in Minnesota

NuSunģ will soon be back on the store shelves. Tom Smude, Pierz, Minn., farmer and businessman, is expanding his sunflower oil business to include NuSun oil. Smude Enterprises LLC began its cold-press sunflower oil crush operation in February 2010.

Smude is now ready to grow his business to include Natureís Sunflower Oil. The NuSun oil will be sourced regionally and packaged in 32-oz bottles at a facility in Pierz and distributed to stores. Contracts are currently being negotiated for nationwide distribution. NuSun looks to break back into the mainstream oil market as consumer demand strengthens for healthier non-GMO oil choices.

Stolz Joins NSA Board of Directors

Patrick Stolz, commercial manager for Cargill at West Fargo, N.D., has joined the NSA Board of Directors. He assumes the seat previously held by Cargillís Tyler Schultz.

Stolz began his career with the company in the Malt Business Unit in 2004. From there, he moved into a merchandising role on the Soy Hull Desk before eventually becoming the manager of that group. Over the last two years, Stolz has traded the Eastern soybean position while taking a lead role in helping manage the logistics and trading relationship with the crush facilities in the Southeast.

Stolz grew up in Excelsior, Minn. and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in applied economics. He, his wife Tricia and two children are in the process of moving to Fargo.

NSA Summer Seminar Set for June 25-27

The 31st annual NSA Summer Seminar takes us back out west to the scenic Badlands of Medora, N.D. Mark your calendar for June 25-27 to join this fun and informative event.

This yearís event begins on Tuesday with the NSA board meeting, registration and evening dinner and fundraiser. The educational/informational sessions begin early the next morning with panel discussions and keynote speakers. There will also be short breakout sessions that afternoon. Social events include the Curt Stern Scholarship fundraiser, dinner at the pitchfork fondue site, the Medora Musical and golf at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

Reservations can now be made at local motels in Medora under the National Sunflower Associationís name. Email Lerrene Kroh at or call her at 701-328-5107 for more information on the 2013 NSA Summer Seminar. Registration details are available on the NSA website,

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