The National Sunflower Association is suggesting farmers battling drought to plant – you guessed it – sunflower. Farmers considering abandoning winter wheat and attempting a late-seeded cash crop can get specifics at http://igrow.org/agronomy/profit-tips/soil-moisture-and-water-thrifty-crops/
The “sunflower water use threshold is 50 percent of the corn water use threshold,” the NSA says in its Sunflower Highlights. Only 28 percent of the state of South Dakota had adequate subsoil moisture the week of May 13.
The NSA is based in Bismarck, N.D. The organization holds its 31st Summer Seminar, June 25-27 at Medora, N.D. For accommodation and ticket information, go to www.sunflowernsa.com, or to inquire about a block of discounted rooms, phone 800-633-6721.