- Blackbirds: Innovative and new approaches to reduce damage, especially discovery of repellents.
- Factors related to achieving an adequate plant stand. This could include: early season sunflower plant screening for stand, seeding depth, soil temperature/moisture, seedling vigor, seed biology, insects/diseases and other. Skips and doubles and the affect they have on yield loss.
- Methods, techniques or equipment for applying fungicides for control of diseases and enhance yield. Issues of timing and tank mixing fungicides with insecticides/herbicides are of interest. There is a strong preference for using labeled fungicides and the efficacy of adjuvants.
- Improve genetic progress in sunflower to enhance competitiveness with other crops and stability of yield and quality, using SNPs or other genomic tools.
- Variable rate for seeding and fertility management for sunflower, including new multi-hybrid technology.
- Determine the economic costs and benefits of using pesticide seed treatments to control major soil pests of sunflower (e.g., wireworms, downy mildew) and to establish their overall impact on profitability of sunflower production.
- Identification, quantification and or development of management strategies to address emerging economically important production issues for sunflower.