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Sunflowers doing well despite drought

MarketsFarm — Though many producers bemoan current drier-than-normal springtime conditions across the Prairies, sunflower crops are primed for a good year. “As long as there’s enough moisture to germinate, they immediately grow a really deep root system,” said Ben Friesen of Scoular Canada. While Statistics Canada estimated the 2019 sunflower acreage to remain pretty much […] Read more

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Sunny days seen ahead for sunflower crops

MarketsFarm — Though sunflowers were at the mercy of Western Canada’s unseasonable weather in 2018, the 2019 growing season may be more predictable. In November 2018, some Manitoba sunflower crops were late to come off the field. A cold and rainy fall delayed the Prairie harvest, lowered average yields and impacted the overall size of […] Read more

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Manitoba sunflower acres set to rise

CNS Canada –– An early spring and drier conditions in western Manitoba, together with relatively favourable prices, should lead to an increase in sunflower plantings in the province this year. “Assuming that the southwest won’t be wet this year, we’re expecting that acres will be over 100,000,” said Darcelle Graham, executive director of the National […] Read more