Weed Sunflower Seeds

The Legend Seeds and Nuseed partnership gives you access to a full portfolio of Nuseed branded confection, oilseed and con-oil sunflower hybrids with Clearfield and ExpressSun traits All of our food crops are descended from plants that once grew wild. But the line that separates a despised weed from a valuable crop is sometimes a very fuzzy one.

SUNFLOWERS

Our partnership with Nuseed gives us an edge over the competitors. Your seed purchasing decisions are a large factor in your success each year. With so many growing season dynamics outside of your control, you’ll want to be certain the seed you purchase and the company you partner with are the best fit for you and your operation. The Legend Seeds and Nuseed partnership gives you access to a full portfolio of Nuseed branded confection, oilseed and con-oil sunflower hybrids with Clearfield and ExpressSun traits as well as the extensive portfolio of Legend Seeds’ corn, soybean, alfalfa and sorghum products. This partnership brings value to you through increased support, better products and improved services.

Did you know . sunflowers are near the top of the profitability chart? Contact us to learn how this crop can add beauty to your acres and bounty to your bottom line.

Nuseed uses their 45 acre Rothsay, Minnesota location to create around 20,000 new potential parent lines each year. After several cycles of selection in harsh environments, the best new lines are planted in their Sacramento, California nursery to make nearly 2500 hybrids for testing. These are tested in replicated trials throughout the entire North American sunflower production area to identify the best possible hybrids for commercial release.

For trial data on our sunflower products offered through Nuseed, please visit nuseed.com/us/2021-trial-results

Hybrid Rating Scale: Plant Height Rating Scale: Maturity Rating Scale:
1 = Poor 1 = Shortest UE = Ultra-Early
5 = Average 5 = Average E = Early
10 = Superior 10 = Tallest ME = Medium-Early
M = Medium
ML = Medium-Late

What Type of Sunflower is Right for Your Operation?

Sunflowers are a unique crop that gives growers the opportunity to sell in several different markets. But what hybrid is right for your operation? Whether it is high oleic, NuSun®, conoil, or confections, Nuseed has locally bred hybrids designed to perform in your field.

Key Characteristics

Markets may be one of the first factors in determining what hybrid is right for your farm. Whether it be a high oleic or a NuSun® hybrid for the crush or bird food market; a conoil hybrid for the dehull market; or a confection hybrid for the in-shell market, Nuseed has a hybrid to meet your buyer’s specifications.

Herbicide Tolerance is important to consider when planning for your in-season weed control options and crop rotations. Nuseed offers hybrids with Clearfield®, Clearfield Plus®or ExpressSun® herbicide tolerant traits.

Disease resistance, including protection against multiple races of downy mildew, improves late season plant health and product quality.

Root/Stalk Ratings help a grower to understand the strength of a hybrid’s roots and stalks throughout the growing season. Late season plant health can also be a factor in stalk strength. We provide hybrids that have been thoroughly tested to stand tall through the harshest of environments.

Oil Content can be an important factor when choosing a sunflower hybrid depending on which market the sunflowers are being sold into. The oil crush market wants a higher oil content, but a hybrid being sold into the dehull market is less concerned.

Test Weight in sunflowers can be important depending on which processor is taking the seed. Most birdfood markets, for example, want a higher test weight.

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Clearfield Production Systems

Clearfield ® Production Systems help you get the toughest grasses and broadleaf weeds out of your fields and off your mind — protecting your return on investment in comparison to traditionally grown crops. Clearfield Production Systems deliver efficient, long-lasting weed control, crop quality and global market acceptance. From seed to harvest, you’ll have the power to get the most out of every acre.

Clearfield is a registered trademark of BASF Corporation.

To help maximize sunflower yield, rely on the new Clearfield Plus Production System for sunflower. When paired with Beyond herbicide and performance enhancing methylated seed oil, growers can better manage some of the toughest weeds in their fields.

ExpressSun

Sunflower hybrids with the ExpressSun ® trait for resistance to tribenuron-methyl herbicides labeled for use with the ExpressSun trait. This unique sunflower system is designed to maximize weed control in sunflower crops, enhancing ease of production and yield. This system provides improved weed control over conventional hybrids with traditional herbicides. TM ® Trademarks of Corteva Agriscience and its affiliated companies. © 2022 Corteva.

Nusun

NuSun ® sunflower oil is stable without partial hydrogenation. It outshines other oils for commercial use by providing optimal healthy benefits, great taste, and superior performance, while remaining trans fat free. NuSun oil is the ‘new’ mid-oleic sunflower oil. It is lower in saturated fat (less than 10%) than linoleic sunflower oil and has higher oleic levels (55-75%) with the remainder being linoleic (15-35%).

Seed Treatment Statement: All Nuseed hybrids are treated with the latest fungicide and insecticide seed treatment technology to help protect your seed investment.

©2021 Nuseed ® is a registered trademark of Nufarm Limited. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Content is for information purposes only. BEYOND YIELD is a registered trademark of Nuseed.

Information is provided in good faith for information purposes only. Always follow registered use, product label and manufacturer instructions.

Legend Seeds is a proud distributor of Nuseed sunflowers and canola in the U.S.

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Before opening a bag of seed, be sure to read, understand and accept the stewardship requirements, including applicable refuge requirements for insect resistance management, for the biotechnology traits expressed in the seed as set forth in the technology agreement that you sign. By opening and using a bag of seed, you are reaffirming your obligation to comply with the most recent stewardship requirements.

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Seed containing a patented trait can only be used to plant a single commercial crop from which seed cannot be saved and replanted. Examples of seed containing a patented trait include but are not limited to Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, Genuity® Roundup Ready® spring canola, and Genuity® Roundup Ready® winter canola. Additional information and limitations on the use of these products are provided in the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement and the Monsanto Technology Use Guide. U.S. patents for Monsanto technologies can be found at the following webpage: http://www.monsantotechnology.com

Monsanto Company is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Monsanto products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Monsanto’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. Only commercialized products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Certain products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Growers should refer to http://www.biotradestatus.com for any updated information on import country approvals. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Biotechnology Industry Organization.

B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your Monsanto representative for the registration status in your state.

IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: RIB Complete® corn blend products do not require the planting of a structured refuge except in the Cotton-Growing Area where corn earworm is a significant pest. SmartStax® RIB Complete® corn blend is not allowed to be sold for planting in the Cotton-Growing Area. See the IRM/Grower Guide for additional information. Always read and follow IRM requirements.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready technology contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Agricultural herbicides containing glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Performance may vary from location to location and from year to year, as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible and should consider the impacts of these conditions on the grower’s fields.

Acceleron®, Genuity®, RIB Complete and Design®, RIB Complete®, Roundup Ready 2 Technology and Design®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup®, SmartStax®, VT Double PRO® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. LibertyLink® and the Water Droplet Design® are registered trademarks of Bayer. Herculex® is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC. Respect the Refuge and Corn Design® and Respect the Refuge® are registered trademarks of National Corn Growers Association. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend®, Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, QuickRoots®, and Roundup Ready PLUS® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE ON PESTICIDE LABELING. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW to use any pesticide product other than in accordance with its labeling. NOT ALL formulations of dicamba or glyphosate are approved for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans. ONLY USE FORMULATIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY LABELED FOR SUCH USES AND APPROVED FOR SUCH USE IN THE STATE OF APPLICATION. IN CROP USES MAY NOT BE APPROVED IN ALL STATES. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans.

Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Contact your Monsanto dealer or refer to Monsanto’s Technology Use Guide for recommended weed control programs.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® technology contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Agricultural herbicides containing glyphosate will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Due to the unique cropping practices do not plant Roundup Ready® Alfalfa in Imperial County, California, pending import approvals and until Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI) grants express permission for such planting.

In the following states, purchase and use of HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is subject to a Seed and Feed Use Agreement, requiring that products of this technology can only be used on farm or otherwise be used in the United States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In addition, due to the unique cropping practices do not plant HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology in Imperial County, California, pending import approval and until Forage Genetics International, LLC (FGI) grants express permission for such planting.

Forage Genetics International, LLC (“FGI”) is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). FGI products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with FGI’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops. HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology and Roundup Ready® Alfalfa have pending import approvals. GROWERS MUST DIRECT ANY PRODUCT PRODUCED FROM HARVXTRA® ALFALFA WITH ROUNDUP READY® TECHNOLOGY SEED OR CROPS (INCLUDING HAY AND HAY PRODUCTS) ONLY TO UNITED STATES DOMESTIC USE. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Growers should refer to http://www.biotradestatus.com/ for any updated information on import country approvals. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Biotechnology Industry Organization.

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ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Roundup Ready® is registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC, used under license by Forage Genetics International, LLC. HarvXtra® is a registered trademark of Forage Genetics International, LLC. HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is enabled with Technology from The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. © 2017 Forage Genetics International, LLC

All Encompassing Seed Piracy Statement: Seed containing a patented trait can only be used to plant a single commercial crop from which seed cannot be saved and replanted.
Examples of seed containing a patented trait include but are not limited to Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend® soybeans, Genuity® Roundup Ready® spring canola, and Genuity® Roundup Ready® winter canola. Additional information and limitations on the use of these products are provided in the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement and the Monsanto Technology Use Guide. U.S. patents for Monsanto technologies can be found at the following webpage: http://www.monsantotechnology.com

Important: Always read and follow label and bag tag instructions; only those labeled as tolerant to glufosinate may be sprayed with glufosinate ammonium based herbicides.

Seed products with the LibertyLink® (LL) trait are resistant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, an alternative to glyphosate in corn, and combine high-yielding genetics with the powerful, nonselective, postemergent weed control of Liberty® herbicide for optimum yield and excellent weed control. LibertyLink®, Liberty® and the Water Droplet logo are registered trademarks of Bayer.

Agrisure® Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Herculex® Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Dow AgroSciences LLC. HERCULEX® and the HERCULEX Shield are trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.

Agrisure®, Agrisure Artesian®, Artesian™, Agrisure Duracade®, Agrisure Viptera® and E-Z Refuge® are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company.

Seeds containing the LibertyLink® trait may be protected under one or more U.S. patents and may be planted only to produce one (1) commercial crop in a single season, and only after signing a Bayer Grower Technology Agreement. It is illegal to save seeds containing the LibertyLink trait for use as planting seed or for transfer to others for use as planting seed.

© 2018 Bayer CropScience LP, 2 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Always read and follow label instructions. Bayer, the Bayer Cross, ILeVO, InVigor, Liberty, LibertyLink, Poncho, VOTiVO, and the Water Droplet Design are registered trademarks of Bayer. Not all products are registered for use in all states. For additional product information, call toll-free 1-866-99-BAYER (1-866-992-2937) or visit our website at www.CropScience.Bayer.us.

LibertyLink® GT27™ is not tolerant to all HPPD herbicides. HPPD herbicides currently on the market are prohibited for use with LibertyLink GT27 soybeans and may result in significant crop injury. Always read and follow label directions. Liberty and LibertyLink are registered trademarks of Bayer. GT27 is a trademark of MS Technologies and Bayer. MS Technologies is a trademark of MS Technologies, LLC. ©2018 Bayer / MS Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved. APN 18-INT-0014

®HERCULEX, and the HERCULEX Shield Logo and are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow. HERCULEX Insect Protection technology by Dow AgroSciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred. Follow IRM, grain marketing and all other stewardship practices and pesticide label directions. Seed products with the LibertyLink® (LL) trait are resistant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, an alternative to glyphosate in corn, and combine high-yielding genetics with the powerful, non-selective, postemergent weed control of Liberty® herbicide for optimum yield and excellent weed control. LibertyLink®, Liberty® and the Water Droplet logo are registered trademarks of Bayer.

Dow AgroSciences is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Dow AgroSciences’ products are commercialized in accordance with ETS product launch stewardship guidance, and Dow AgroSciences’ Product Launch Stewardship Policy.

Before selecting hybrids for your crop plan, Dow AgroSciences recommends you know and understand whether the hybrid you have chosen is a conventional hybrid, one approved for export or one not yet approved for export. It is important that you consult your trait provider’s technical agreements prior to planting to understand crop requirements and approved corn markets.

Any grain or material produced from Bt seed can only be exported to, or used in, processed in or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotechnology traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Talk to your grain handler or purchaser in advance to facilitate appropriate crop and grain or material handling and marketing.

For further information about your crop or grain marketing options, contact Dow AgroSciences at 877-4-TRAITS (877-487-2487). Information regarding the regulatory and market status of agricultural biotechnology products can be found at: biotradestatus.com.

Respect the Rotation is an initiative to elevate the importance and grower adoption of herbicide diversity to prevent or manage weed resistance. Glyphosate weed resistance is a dominating threat throughout the United States that affects land values, rental agreements, conservation tillage and can greatly reduce yields. The use of Integrated Weed Management practices, such as use of residuals, pre-emergence herbicides and rotation of crops, traits and herbicides, is critical as no one method is likely to be completely successful.

Caution: Do not spray E-Z Refuge products with Liberty Brand Herbicide. Agrisure, Agrisure Artesian, Artesian, Agrisure Duracade, Agrisure Viptera, Avicta, Concep, Cruiser, CruiserMaxx, E-Z Refuge and Maxim are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. Agrisure Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Herculex Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Dow AgroSciences LLC. HERCULEX and the HERCULEX Shield are trademarks of Dow AgroSciences LLC.

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CruiserMaxx Corn 250 is an application of Cruiser 5FS insecticide delivered at the 0.25 mg a.i./seed rate and Maxim Quattro fungicide.

Avicta Complete Corn is a Restricted Use Pesticide. For use by certified applicators only. Growers planting Avicta treated seed are not required to be certified applicators. Avicta technology is protected by U.S. Patent No. 6,875,727. Avicta Complete Corn is an on-seed application of Avicta Complete Corn 250 or Avicta Complete Corn 500, alone or in combination with sufficient Cruiser 5FS to deliver 1.25 mg ai/seed of insecticide.

STS® logo is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. DuPont™ and STS® are trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates. STS® is a tolerance gene that allows aggressive rates of either Synchrony® XP herbicide or Harmony® SG herbicide tank mixed with glyphosate in post, in-crop applications. This provides a simple, cost-effective weed control option for tough weeds such as lambsquarters, marestail, morning glory, ragweeds, yellow nutsedge, and many other broadleaf or sedge weeds in soybeans. Contact your local DuPont™ agriculture retailer or local sales representative for details. Always read and follow all label directions and precautions for use.

Clearfield and Headline are registered trademarks of BASF Agrochemical Products B.V.

DuPont™, Express®, ExpressSun® and TotalSol® are trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

EXPRESSSUN® SUNFLOWER HERBICIDE SYSTEM: Sunflower hybrids with the DuPont™ ExpressSun® trait for tolerance to DuPont™ EXPRESS® herbicide with TotalSol® soluble granules. This unique sunflower system from DuPont and Pioneer is designed to maximize weed control in sunflower crops, enhancing ease of production and yield. This system provides improved weed control over conventional hybrids with traditional herbicides. For the best results, always use Express® herbicide with TotalSol® soluble granules with the ExpressSun® trait system.

®™Colex-D, Enlist, Enlist Duo, Enlist One, Enlist E3 and the Enlist Logos are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) or affiliated companies of Dow or DuPont. The Enlist™ weed control system is owned and developed by Dow AgroSciences LLC. Enlist E3 soybeans were jointly developed by Dow AgroSciences and MS Technologies. Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are not registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your area. Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides are the only 2,4-D products authorized for use in Enlist crops. Consult Enlist herbicide labels for weed species controlled. Always read and follow label directions.

How A Sunflower Gene Crossed The Line From Weed To Crop

I’m rounding out The Salt’s impromptu Pest Resistance Week (which started with stories about weeds and corn rootworms) with a little-known tale that may scramble your mental categories.

You’ve heard about herbicide-resistant weeds (which farmers hate) and herbicide-resistant crops like Roundup Ready soybeans or corn (which farmers like). But here’s a case — the only one I know of — in which a weed helped create a herbicide-resistant crop.

The story begins in 1996, in a soybean field in Kansas. The soybeans in this field were able to tolerate a class of weedkillers known as “ALS inhibitors.” This line of soybeans had been created through “mutation breeding.”

This technique involves exposing thousands of seeds to chemicals that cause genetic mutations. One of those mutations allowed the resulting soybean plant to withstand the herbicides. (Similar kinds of herbicide-tolerant wheat, rice, and other crops have been created using the same method.)

Among the soybeans in this Kansas field, however, a few weeds also survived after the farmers sprayed their herbicide. The weeds were native sunflowers, wild relatives of the sunflowers that farmers grow as a crop. (As I reported a few months ago, sunflowers are one of a very small handful of crops that originated in our part of the world.)

The farmer contacted Kassim Al-Khatib, who was then a weed expert at Kansas State University. Al-Khatib collected some of the surviving weeds from this field, did some tests on them, and confirmed that these sunflowers were indeed resistant to ALS inhibitor herbicides.

A few months later, through a chance encounter at a scientific meeting, word of this discovery reached Jerry Miller, a sunflower breeder at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sunflower Research Unit in Fargo, N.D. “I couldn’t believe it. I called Kassim right away,” recalls Miller. He saw the possibility of a herbicide-tolerant commercial sunflower created through traditional breeding, avoiding controversies over genetic engineering.

Miller did manage to create such a sunflower — although it took some heroic efforts to get the wild and cultivated sunflowers to exchange pollen and produce viable offspring.

When Miller finally had some herbicide-tolerant offspring in hand, he broke the news to a big meeting of sunflower growers. He told the farmers that, very soon, they might be able to spray ALS inhibiting herbicides right over their sunflowers, killing a host of problematic weeds without harming their crop. “The room got completely quiet,” he recalls.

Today, commercial sunflowers from North Dakota to Turkey contain this genetic trait, and many sunflower growers rely heavily on ALS inhibitors to control their weeds.

What’s the lesson from this tale?

For one thing, that it doesn’t take genetic engineering to create resistance to a herbicide — whether in a weed or a crop. Probably more important, it’s a reminder that our food crops are descended from plants that once grew wild, and the line that separates a despised weed from a valuable crop is sometimes a very fuzzy one. It’s a boundary porous enough for genes to find their way through.