NuSun Show Fields
In cooperation with sunflower seed suppliers, the National
Sunflower Association will be providing producers with an unprecedented
opportunity this summer to view NuSun hybrids and learn more about
them. Three NuSun Show Field events are scheduled for the Dakotas, with
a fourth to take place in western Kansas. All are in August.
More than 50 NuSun oil hybrids representing nearly a dozen seed
will be showcased at each location. Also, four confection seed
suppliers will have a total of 12 varieties “on display,” and several
chemical companies will have herbicide trials. Some of the sites also
will feature university research plots.
University and USDA sunflower specialists will address the breeding
of NuSun hybrids, developments on hybrids with resistance to IMI and SU
herbicides, disease management, weed control and other timely topics.
Each participating seed and chemical company will have represen-tatives
on hand at the four locations.
In addition to the actual field day at each location, information will
be available throughout the season for those who would like to take a
The Kansas NuSun Show Field event is planned for August 4 at a site
near the Northern Sun processing plant west of Goodland. Details were
yet to be finalized as of the date The Sunflower went to press.
The three Northern Plains NuSun Show Field events are as follows:
• August 17 / Gettysburg, S.D. — This site will be one mile south
of the junction of U.S. highways 83 and 212 west of Gettysburg. There
will be three large replicated plots of NuSun oil hybrids, along with
plots containing four companies’ (Agway, Pioneer, Red River Commodities
and Seeds 2000) confection varieties. Four chemical companies (Dow
AgroSciences, FMC, Monsanto and Valent USA) will have herbicide trials,
and there also will be university research plots at the site.
• August 24 / Hazelton, N.D. — Located two miles north of Hazelton
on U.S. Highway 83, this event will feature the 50 NuSun oil hybrids and
the 12 confection varieties. Dow AgroSciences, FMC and Valent USA will
have herbicide demonstra-tion plots, and there also will be university
• August 29 / Carrington, N.D. — The site will be situated along
U.S. Highway 281 north of Carrington and across the highway from the
NDSU Research & Extension Center. Demonstration plots containing the
various NuSun varieties will be there, along with chemical company
herbicide trials. This NuSun event is being held in concert with the
annual row-crop field day at the NDSU center.
Sunflower producers are encouraged to watch their local media this
summer for more details on these special NuSun events. Interested
persons also can contact the National Sunflower Association at
(toll-free) 888-718-7033 for more details.
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