Colorado State University is hosting a statewide sunflower field day on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. at David and Ryan Rupple's farm two miles south of Prospect Valley.
Colorado State University is hosting a statewide sunflower field day on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. at David and Ryan Rupple’s farm two miles south of Prospect Valley.
Sunflower acreage in the state has been climbing the past couple of years, as lower prices for corn and soybeans make those crops less profitable, according to Colorado State University agronomist Ron Meyer, who administers the Colorado Sunflower Administrative Committee. The market for sunflower seeds, most often used for birdseed or oil, are relatively strong by comparison, he said.
Kiowa County is the state’s top producer of sunflowers, with most of that production going to Colorado Mills in Lamar, Meyer said.
According to the most recent report, 83 percent of the state’s sunflower crop is rated in good to excellent condition.
The field day on Aug. 30 will include information on fertility and insect management as well as hybrid selection, Meyer said. Attendees will have the chance to view a trial with more than 35 different hybrids of oil and confectionary sunflowers. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided.