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Sunflower Briefs
September 2010

USDA-ARS Entomologist Larry Charlet Retires

Dr. Larry Charlet has retired as the USDA-ARS Sunflower Research Unit entomologist after 32 years. Charlet came to the Fargo unit at a time when insect control recommendations had to be made without having sufficient confirming research in place. He worked closely with university entomologists to develop research protocols in multiple locations.

In recent years, Charlet has worked with key university partners in identifying genetic resistance to a number of insect pests, including the sunflower head moth, banded moth, stem weevil and red seed weevil. This team has identified significant genetic differences, and the program is now moving into the breeding stage.

USDA Geneticist Invited As Guest Lecturer

Dr. Brent Hulke, USDA-ARS Sunflower Research Unit sunflower geneticist, has been invited to present a seminar at the Raymond F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding at Iowa State University. The lecture series is by invitation and has included plant breeders from around the world.

Iowa State University has a long history in plant breeding and has produced many notable plant breeders. The private sector is heavily invested in ISU’s programs, with Pioneer Hi-Bred and Monsanto having major breeding facilities in close proximity to the university campus.

Hulke’s presentation is titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Breeding a Minor Field Crop: The Case History and Unrealized Potential of Sunflower.”

A Minnesota native, Hulke earned his degrees from South Dakota State University, Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota. He has been with the Fargo-based ARS unit for three years.

Details on the ISU series, with video of lectures, are available at: pro_bp_lectures.html.

Mullally Named NSA Communications Director

Sonia Mullally has joined the National Sunflower Association staff as communications director. She has 10 years of communications experience working with newspaper business and media firms, most recently as advertising manager and staff writer for the Pierce Country Tribune in Rugby N.D. Mullally has additional experience with several companies in graphic arts design. She is a graduate of Concordia College.

As communications director, Mullally will be writing stories for The Sunflower magazine, updating and enhancing the NSA website, assisting state checkoff councils/commissions in their media work, and expanding the NSA media reach nationally.

Seidel and Odegaard Now on NSA Board

Ron Seidel of Meadow S.D., is the newest member of the National Sunflower Association Board of Directors. He represents the South Dakota Oilseed Council, which now has three NSA board members, based on the association’s funding formula. Seidel operates an integrated small grains, oilseeds and livestock operation near Meadow in northwestern South Dakota.

Mike Odegaard of BASF Corporation now represents the crop protection industry on the NSA board. Odegaard, who works out of Bismarck N.D., has been with BASF for 15 years. As an NSA board member, he replaced Vince Ulstad of BASF, who was seriously injured last year in an automobile accident.

Stern Memorial Scholarship Winner

Sam Partlow of Carrington ND., a student at North Dakota State University, is the recipient of a $1,500 Curt Stern Memorial Scholarship. A third-year agronomy student, Partlow plans to return to his home area to increase his existing farm operation.

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