Promising New Herbicide Being Pursued
Kumai America has agreed to support the registration of Pyroxasulfone on sunflower. The National Sunflower Association and its state university partners in all of the major production states have been testing this herbicide, otherwise known as KIH-485, for a number of years. The research results have been very promising. Plans are to conduct residue trials in the summer of 2012 under an IR-4 protocol. Several crop protection companies have marketing agreements with Kumai on this herbicide.
More discussion of how this product can fit into sunflower weed control will take place at the annual NSA Research Forum being held in Fargo in January. Richard Zollinger, extension weed scientist at North Dakota State University, is credited for his determined effort in moving this product forward for potential commercial sunflower use.
NSA Video Blog Project Concludes
The first-ever NSA video blog project has wrapped up with harvest of the 26-acre sunflower plot at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Lab near Mandan, N.D., in early November. Segment #13, the season finale, can be viewed at www.youtube.com.
The blog project began in late May with planter readiness. Brief video segments were filmed approximately every two weeks during the growing season, covering such topics as seedling emergence, plant stand, weed and insect issues, canopy establishment, seed development, drydown and, finally, harvest. Check out all of the “What’s Up” video blog segments at www.sunflowernsa.com under the “All About Sunflower” main tab.
Research Forum Set for Fargo Jan. 11 & 12
The 2012 National Sunflower Association Research Forum will be held at the Ramada Plaza Suites & Convention Center in Fargo, N.D., on January 11 and 12. This annual event brings together public and private researchers, as well as growers and industry representatives interested in updates on research advances and challenges.
Research reports can be as either oral or poster presentations. To schedule a presentation and/or register for the meeting, go the NSA website at www.sunflowernsa.com (under the “Research” tab).
NSA 2012 Research Priorities
The National Sunflower Association Research Committee has formulated its 2012 research priorities. Production research is a significant part of the NSA strategy for long-term competitiveness. The project funding application process includes completing an application (which can be found online at www.sunflowernsa.com).
Applications are due by December 16, 2011. Applications are then reviewed and rated by the NSA Research Committee, which is made up of public and private researchers, farmers and industry company representatives. The committee’s ratings are presented to the NSA Board of Directors for final funding decisions.
U.S. Oilseed Production Declines
Combined oilseed production in the United States declined by a 9% in 2011. According to the latest USDA report, combined U.S. oilseed production will only reach 90.87 million metric ton (mmt) this year, compared to 100.14 mmt in 2010 and 98.67 mmt in 2009. The largest decline occurred in soybeans. However each oilseed in the survey noted a decline in production from the previous year. That includes soybean, sunflower, canola, cottonseed, peanut and flaxseed.
International Sunflower Conference in Argentina
The International Sunflower Association and the Argentine Sunflower Association have announced the schedule for the 18th International Sunflower Conference, to be held in Mar del Plata and Balcarce, Argentina, on February 27 through March 1, 2012. The conference program will cover production research from genetics to field agronomy and crop protection. Researchers will represent all of the sunflower growing regions of the world. To register for the conference, visit the following website: www.asagir.org.ar/asagir2008/congresos-eng.asp.
An important part of this conference is the exhibition of the international sunflower hybrid trials. This is an opportunity for companies to showcase their hybrids. If any company is interested in participating in this trial, contact Amelia Bertero de Romano for information at 54 2362 447036.
Texas Grower Meetings on December 14 & 15
Texas AgriLife is organizing a pair of sunflower mini-workshops in South Texas on December 14 and 15. The meetings aim to update producer information and make additional resources available for current and prospective growers, and to partner with industry colleagues to do so.
The meeting on Wednesday, the 14th, will be held in McCook, Texas. The local organizer is Brad Cowan, Hidalgo County extension agent. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling his office at 956-383-1026.
The meeting on Thursday, the 15th, is being held in Alice, Texas. The local organizer is Rogelio Mercado, Jim Wells County extension agent. He can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 361-668-5705.
Plans thus far are to have the meetings begin in the morning and conclude with lunch. Contact the local organizers listed above for more details.
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