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Sunflower scouting tips

Diligent crop scouting is essential when growing sunflowers. Some good recommendations from Extension specialists and private agronomists for successful sunflower scouting include:

Have a plan of attack. Identify what pests are active during the crop growth cycle. Scout fields every seven to 10 days.

Do your homework. Use tools and resources from Extension and other reference publications, and do some extra research in order to understand what pests and diseases look like; saving photos to a cell phone or portable device can allow for quick identification, as can various field scouting guides.

Get out of the truck. There is no substitute for actually walking the fields.

Keep thorough records. Take notes, pictures and samples.

This article published in the February, 2011 edition of DAKOTA FARMER.

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