Sunflower acres expected to drop

It’s become a familiar story in Manitoba. If growers have a choice between soybeans and another crop, beans usually win out. Such is the case this spring with sunflowers. Soybeans will set another acreage record and sunflowers will possibly hit the second lowest level ever in the province. Statistics Canada has predicted 50,000 acres of […] Read more


Sunflower acres expected to drop

It’s become a familiar story in Manitoba. If growers have a choice between soybeans and another crop, beans usually win out. Such is the case this spring with sunflowers. Soybeans will set another acreage record and sunflowers will possibly hit the second lowest level ever in the province. Statistics Canada has predicted 50,000 acres of […] Read more


Sunflower industry hopes for recovery

Sunflowers are down but not out in Manitoba. Seeded area fell to 66,000 acres this year, one of the smallest plantings in the last decade. However, industry representatives are feeling hopeful about next year because more buyers are interested in Canadian sunflowers. “We’ve had a couple of new organizations get into the business,” said Troy […] Read more



Sunflower industry hopes for recovery in Manitoba

Sunflowers are down but not out in Manitoba. Seeded acreage fell to 66,000 this year, one of the smallest plantings in the last decade. However, industry representatives are feeling hopeful about next year because more buyers are interested in Canadian sunflowers. “We’ve have a couple of new organizations get into the business,” said Troy Turner, […] Read more


Markets are sunny for Manitoba’s sunflower crop

Planted acres have been declining over the past decade, while prices and yields have both pushed higher

Manitoba sunflower growers didn’t reap a bumper crop this year, but the industry is well positioned for growth because acres are on the rise and yields this fall were decent. Troy Turner, National Sunflower Association of Canada agronomist, said most producers were satisfied with the oilseed’s performance in 2015. “With (rain) and the humidity we […] Read more



Farmer proves sunflowers work in short growing season

LESLIEVILLE, Alta. — Roger Bott decided eight years ago that he wanted a challenge, so he set aside two acres of his mixed farm and grew sunflowers. Sunflowers in Alberta are not uncommon, but the idea seemed out of reach for someone living near Rocky Mountain House with its short growing season. “Somebody said you […] Read more


Strong sunflower prices should boost acreage

Good confectionary and birdseed demand is supporting market

Sunflowers should gain a few acres in Manitoba this year, barring another spring flood in the southwestern corner of the province. Strong prices for black oil and confectionary sunflowers are prompting more Manitoba growers to consider the crop, says Mike Durand, a procurement specialist with Sun Country Farms, a bird food processor in Langham, Sask. […] Read more


Sunflower acres dip in Man.

Squeezed by soybeans | Soybeans are easy to grow with fewer imputs

Manitoba sunflower acres are projected to drop slightly compared to 2012. Assuming no seeding delays, producers will likely seed 90,000 to 100,000 acres of sunflowers this year, says a buyer in southern Manitoba. “Originally I was hoping for an increase but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think we will be very similar […] Read more



Sunflower crops, prices look good

The drought and sizzling temperatures that baked U.S. corn and soybean crops this summer didn’t demolish the country’s sunflower crop, says an industry spokesperson. Given the sizable U.S. crop, prices are lower than last year, but better than the long term average . John Sandbakken, executive director of the U.S. National Sunflower Association, said most […] Read more


Sunflower growers look to expand export markets

Consumers used to have two choices when it came to sunflower seeds: salted or unsalted. These days seed lovers can choose from a plethora of flavours, from spicy garlic and dill pickle to nacho cheese and jalapeno hot salsa. But while North American consumers prefer a variety of flavours, seed connoisseurs in other parts of […] Read more