It’s never too early to think about spring planting. Sunflower producers will get some expert advice on making 2017’s crop profitable, how to battle diseases and insects, and more at the National Sunflower Association’s annual Research Forum January 11-12, 2017 at the Ramada Plaza Suites and Convention Center in Fargo, ND.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, and Iowa State University will present their findings on sunflower studies they have conducted. Topics will cover everything from diseases, to protecting sunflower from blackbirds, preventing combine fires during harvest, precision planting, and insect control.
South Dakota State University’s Febina Mathew and North Dakota State University’s Sam Markell will be the noon speakers at Wednesday’s luncheon. Mathew and Markell will speak about managing Phomopsisstem canker by developing a disease forecasting model for farmers to help them know when to spray and identification of resistant materials for breeding into commercial hybrids.
Registration information and the agenda for the meeting can be found on the NSA website. For more information, contact John Sandbakken or Jody Kerzman.