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ISSUE DATE: 03/09/2009

Planter calibration study focuses on sunflowers

By Jennifer M. Latzke

There are many variables that influence sunflower seed production, but the one thing that growers can do to guarantee themselves a good sunflower crop happens before they even place the first seed in the ground. To get a good stand, they must set up their planters for success.

Larry Kleingartner, executive director of the National Sunflower Association, explained his organization recently sponsored a research project to determine the effects of planter calibrations on sunflower stands because of input from farmers. One of the top concerns of growers is seed spacing accuracy, he said.

"What growers want to avoid is having two or three seeds planted in the same spot," Kleingartner said. "You can have three plants come up and essentially become weeds and compete against each other for inputs. You walk a field in the fall and you'll see a six-foot space with weeds because a seed didn't drop or didn't germinate. Then, you see the impact on yield that big skips and doubles or triples can have in a field."


55 wells around Locust Grove to be tested
Ag Department dedicates new emergency response facility
Ag grant, loan deadline is April 1
Agriculture Secretary Gonzalez announces cabbage plants for third graders
Algerian president forgives farmers' debts
Annual Nebraska LEAD Recognition Banquet March 13 in Lincoln
ASHCA implements strategy for safer farms at first national meeting
Capitol Hill Forum to be held March 3 in Washington, D.C.
Chesapeake Energy donates pickup to support conservation
Community leaders partner with Farm Bureau to benefit neighbors
Expanding Colorado's tourism offerings topic of seminar hosted bu CSU
Farmers worry as parts of Texas are driest in U.S.
Fellowship of Christian Farmers working with ranchers devastated by Hurricane Ike
Food Check-Out Week targets healthy eating on a budget
Innovative approach to teaching at Dodge City Community College
Kansas Farmers Union meets in Hutchinson
Kansas governor asks for ag disaster designation
LaDell Emmons honored by Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
MFU commends Vilsack on COOL standards
Moran opposes president's farm policy propsoal
New program will address on-farm food safety in Texas
New UW bulletin describes tax implications of drought strategies
Number of farmers under financial stress expected to rise
OK-FIRE offers website for wildland fire managers
Oklahoma develops program to verify carbon offsets
Oklahoma energy secretary showcases importance of research partnerships
President's proposed EPA budget provides strengthened environmental protection
Professor sees bright future for cooperatives, industry
Ranchers band together to work wind farm deals
Small business environmental program to host solvent workshop
Tulsa's Sue Gray honored as Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service distinguished educator
Wells near Oklahoma E. coli outbreak test positive


CAWG to host three Risk Management Agency updates, Crop Insurance Forums
Conservation leader disappointed with ruling disapproving bond issue
FAPRI to report on economic impact of ag, biofuels
First state rainwater conference slated for March 20, 21 in Kerrville
Free watershed protection training to be held March 3 in Franklin
Garfield County Farm Bureau, conservation district announce partnership
Iowa farmland drop 6 percent near end of 2008
Irrigation project joins research, technology and technique
Marketing of distillers grains vital to U.S. ethanol
Milkweed oil tapped for sunscreen and other products
NAWG survey shows wheat producers support biotech traits
Phil Mulder named head of OSU entomology and plant pathology
Planter calibration study focuses on sunflowers
Researchers identify drought-hardy soybean line
Roundup Ready crops: How have they changed things?
Saddle up for big opportunities at Commodity Classic
Salmonella outbreak strain also linked to Texas plant
Soil testing more important than ever for efficient fertilizer use
Training on newest insect/mite control methods set for February and March
USCP welcomes executive director
Wheat crop threatened by dry conditions
Woody biomass is Nebraska's untapped resource


AAA honors Bradley 3 Ranch with Historic Angus Herd Award
American Shorthorn Association offers scholarships
Annual Ram Performance Test Field Day and Sale slated for March 13
Associations offer rewards in cattle thefts
Avery to speak at Western Dairy Management Conference
Beef Board seats new members, elects leadership
Beef Checkoff announces winners of Second Annual National Retail Beef Backer Awards
Beef Industry Vision Awards announced
Beef plant may open in late summer
Bison producers study consumer trends, learn production techniques
Cattle rendering firms gear up for new FDA rule
Cattle stolen from Christian County farm
Cattlemen's Day
Colorado's beef exports make history
Commercial bull selection, managing virgin bulls topic at meeting March 11
Court reverses ruling against meatpacker
Day crowned National Polled Hereford Queen
Express Ranches scholarship program introduction
Flint Hills Beef Fest Feedlot and Carcass winners announced
Ford County Feedyard honored as Hereford Industry Innovator
'Genetics on Ice' benefits summer's premier Limousin events
Group says Iowa lawmaker too close to hog industry
Horse slaughterhouse bill moves forward
Jason Thompson earns Bronze and Silver pins
KAA will sponsor commercial Angus, Angus influenced female sale
Kansas Angus Association announces 54th Annual Futurity honors
Learn more about swine reproduction at free seminar
Livestock award exemption bill left unheard
Missouri breeder re-elected to Simmental Board
National Collection conserves colonial sheep
NCBA Youth Contest winners announced
Nebraska man faces sentencing for bogus cattle deals
New program creates cattle owners
Number of abandoned horses increasing in New Mexico
NWSS Premier Exhibitor Contest winners named
ODAFF announces arrest of man accused of embezzlement of cattle
OSU responds to criticism of vet school
Piglet feed supplements support immune systems
Recommendations for dairy cattle hoof care
Sharpshooters working in Minnesota bovine TB area
Star Lake Cattle Ranch wins 10 in a row
Texas Cattle Trichomoniasis Program adopted
UNL specialist: Cattle inventory lowest since 1959
Upper Midwest Manure Handling Expo set for July
USDA to launch first national goat study
USMEF: Lamb exports set sales record through growth in Caribbean, Europe
Wool Excellence Awards given at ASI Convention


One voice
Reader thinks Republicans are reaping what they sowed
Who's really in charge of agriculture?


AccuBoom Remote Control
Agreement to develop next-generation dicamba-based weed control products
Conklin AgroVantage System yields more NCGA champions
DuPont acquires ag data management business
Harvest Solutions combine rental
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Laws and tattoos
Marvin Knopp inducted into the Kansas Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame
Outback Sts precision farming guidance system
Surviving tough times
Trimble offers new guidance solutions in, out of the field
Vermeer Corporation founder passes away
Vertical Beater attachment


Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado cattle sales report
Dalhart cattle sales report
Denison feeder cattle report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dunlap livestock sales report
Ericson cattle sales report
Even with out snow cover, wheat still above average
Faith livestock sales report
February weather unseasonably dry
For February, higher than normal temps, below normal precip
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain bids pressured by stock market
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin Regional cattle sales
Lexington livestock sales
Mixed weather hinders some farm activities
North Arkansas livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina livestock auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
South Central direct sheep
Springfield livestock sales
St. Onge livestock sales
State lacking moisture
Superior video auction report
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm temperatures push moisture need
Watertown cattle sales report
Weather limits, slows hay trade in some areas
West Plains livestock sales
Wheat in some regions suffering with no moisture
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


KDOT to issue hay harvest permits
No-till on the Plains March grazing meetings set


Bill would end killing of wildlife on private land
Choose cherries
Country style Gail makes excellent use of space
Early okra?
Extension working side-by-side with Christmas tree growers to strengthen industry
Farmers' market selling organic vegetable baskets
Forest Regeneration Center offers low cost seedlings
Kansas Sport Hunting Association sponsors fund raising hunt
Kirkpatrick 4-H Farm helps urban youth experience agriculture
K-State to hold programs on food allergies
Landscape diseases focus of free OSU Extension workshop
Longer marketing time increases the risk of naturalization by horticultural plants
March is the month of the Irish
Oklahoma Forestry Services seeks public input
Rodeo legend honored with endowed chair at OSU
Seedling tree orders accepted until March 13
Upcoming KSU horticultural events
Urban wildlife management conference set for March 4 in Dallas
UW CES Master Gardener classes offered in Albany and Carbon counties
Watching too much TV can lead to depression
Workshops to cover growing, harvesting and marketing of Chinese chestnuts

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