Production Resource Books
NDSU Extension Bulletin A1995 (Revised Dec 2020)
A1995 Sunflower Production 
Guide December 2020

This revised publication is directed primarily to the commercial production of sunflower. It provides  specific guidelines and recommendations on production practices, pest identification and pest management, based on the most current information available.

You may order the NDSU Sunflower Production Guide through the NSA online catalog or download the bulletin by clicking on the file name below (please note it is a very large file so it may take a while to download).
Additional Documents
NDSU Extension Bulletin A1995 - Revised 12/2020 file size: 9448 kb

South Dakota Sunflower Production Guide
The purpose of this production guide is to update information on commercial sunflower production and pest management for sunflower farmers in South Dakota.

Click on the following link to access guide: Best Management Practices for Sunflower Production (
Fertilizing Sunflower NDSU Ext SF713 (rev 2/16)
fertilizing SF cover
Fertilizing Sunflower Cover

This revision of North Dakota sunflower nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) recommendations is based on general productivity history and not a yield prediction model. The N and P recommendations are based on both documented yield responses to each and economic analysis.

Download the Fertilizing Sunflower NDSU Extension SF713 (rev Feb 2016) publication.
High Plains Sunflower Production Handbook
This handbook is produced by Colorado State University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Wyoming, and USDA ARS Central Great Plains Research Station. The handbook covers basic sunflower production and protection practices, emphasizing the growing conditions and requirements within the Western High Plains region. The reader will also find information about hybrid selection and production practices, insects, diseases, and other related topics.

Click on the following link to download the handbook in PDF format (Adobe Reader required). It is a large file so please note it may take a while to download.

High Plains Sunflower Production Handbook
Manitoba Sunflower Production Guide
The Sunflower Production Guide was produced by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, along with the Manitoba Crop Alliance. This glove compartment-sized guide provides information on field selection, seeding rates, depths, fertilizer recommendations and sunflower harvesting tips.

Also featured in the guide is full-color photos of sunflower pests to aid in identifying insects and diseases. The 64-page hard copy publication is available by phone, 204-745-6661, and through the NSAC ( Link to production information online via the link below.

Sunflower Production and Management

University of Missouri Extension Guide
Rob Myers, Adjunct Associate Professor, Division of Plant Sciences at the Univeristy of Missouri has published this extension guide on sunflowers. Download it here: Sunflowers: A Versatile Native Crop.

Managing Insect Pests of Texas Sunflowers
Managing Insect Pests
of Texas Sunflower
Vivid photos and data tables abound in this full-color 19 page publication produced by Texas A & M University System. The document describes suggested ways of managing the many insect pests affecting Texas sunflower production. Download a copy by clicking on the filename below.
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Managing Insect Pests of Texas Sunflower file size: 1266 kb

Sunflower Magazine Supplements
These helpful supplements have appeared in past issues of The Sunflower magazine. Many have found them useful and we hope you will too.
Additional Documents
Seed Placement & Stand Uniformity file size: 727 kb

Harvest Supplement  file size: 445 kb

Weed Control in Sunflower file size: 5672 kb

Fertilization of Sunflower file size: 3824 kb

Optimizing Sunflower Yield file size: 5830 kb

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