Sunflower Highlights
Post Date: Feb 29 2016
NSA Board of Directors Approves Research Projects
The NSA Board of Directors has selected ten research projects to fund for 2016. The projects total about $220,000 and include studies on evaluating an integrated managed approach for management of Phomopsis stem canker, Evaluation of fungicides for rust management, mapping of sunflower insect resistance traits, treatments for management of wireworms in sunflowers and evaluating UAV’s as a tool for protecting sunflower from blackbird damage.
NSA Team Going to Washington
National Sunflower Association farmer Board members from four different states will travel to Washington, DC March 7-9. The team includes: Art Ridl (Dickinson, ND), Karl Esping (Lindsborg, KS), Kevin Capistran (Crookston, MN), and Lance Hourigan (Lemmon, SD). NSA Executive Director John Sandbakken will also make the trip. The group will visit with members of Congress about farm program issues and Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations. They will also meet with key staff members of the USDA-ARS to insure continued funding for the Sunflower Research Unit in Fargo, ND.
In addition, the group will meet with officials from the USDA Risk Management Agency about crop insurance issues and USDA APHIS/Wildlife Services to discuss blackbird depredation concerns.
Mike Keller Joins NSA Board of Directors
Mike Keller, commercial manager for ADM-Enderlin’s oilseed processing location, is the newest member of the NSA Board of Directors. Keller has been with ADM in various capacities since 2000. He graduated from NDSU in 2000 with a degree in Ag Business. Keller replaces Guy Christensen on the NSA Board of Directors. 
"Growers" Link of NSA Website Provides Helpful Information
Spring planting on your mind? If you’ve got questions about growing sunflower, we’ve got answers! Visit our website, The “growers” section of our website addresses many questions and factors that influence a successful sunflower crop. Several links are provided that give more details about many important topics including approved chemicals, production, marketing, crop insurance, and more. Visit
2016 crop insurance prices will be announced this week. The price election for oil type sunflowers is expected to be $16.90 with confections at $26.70 per cwt. In 2015 oil type was at the same amount but confections would have an increase of 20 cents per cwt. Price elections for the major commodities have decreased from last year with corn at $3.86, soybeans are at $8.86 and spring wheat comes in at $5.13. USDA gave the market a generally bearish 2016 outlook at the agency's annual outlook conference last week. U.S. farmers are forecast to plant about 90 million acres of corn in 2016, while soybean acres may be slightly lower at 82.5 million. Total wheat acres are forecast at 51 million, down 3.6 million from 2015, with declines in both winter and spring wheat. USDA expects ending stocks will rise for most crops at the end of the 2016 crop year and ample supplies of all crops will keep pressure on prices this year. Historically, the March USDA US Planting Intentions report tends to be higher than USDA Outlook Conference estimates. The market will use this information until more is known about final planted acres this summer.
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