Pre-plant Planning: Choosing Sunflower Hybrids


Think return on investment and risk management.

Ask any producer why they grow sunflowers and nine times out of ten they’ll say they make good money, says Fred Parnow, Nuseed’s Canada business manager.  As a crop, sunflowers offer a great return on investment.

“In addition to ROI sunflowers also help reduce crop production risks, such as disease and insect pressure, environmental stress, and harvest timing,” says Alison Pokrzywinski, Nuseed’s technical agronomist. For instance, many sunflower pre-plant or pre-emergent herbicides employ different modes of action than those commonly used in other crops, reducing weed pressure and preventing herbicide resistance in fields.  “Extending and diversifying crop rotation reduces disease and insect pressure in general,” says Pokrzywinski.

Because they are a deep-rooted crop, sunflowers thrive under drier conditions and with fewer fertility inputs than other crops. “One of the benefits of growing sunflowers is the use of subsoil moisture and nutrients.  Sometimes producers are pulling off 2,500 to 3,000 pounds of sunflowers where, at planting they didn’t know if they were going to get a crop.  That’s spreading out your risk, as far as the weather goes, with respect to return on investment on your farm,” says Pokrzywinski.  Harvest risk is also diminished because harvest timing of sunflowers differs from other crops, she adds.

The official distributor for Nuseed sunflowers in the U.S. is Legend Seeds.  Visit Legend Seeds product selector  to choose the Nuseed sunflower hybrid right for the market you’re selling to and the agronomic package that will get top results in your fields.