For the third year, Vermont sunflower production data has been included in the National Sunflower Survey, which is initiated and organized by the National Sunflower Association. There were a total of 211 fields across the United States that were included in this study, with most fields being located in the Northern Plains. Fifteen fields were included in Vermont’s survey this year, including fields in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Grand Isle, and Orange counties. Sunflower production is increasing each year as Vermont growers refine their techniques, equipment, and agronomic knowledge. More work is needed to establish regionally-specific recommendations for sunflower production and to overcome pest pressures, but growers are enjoying the benefits of producing a portion of their own on-farm fuel, feed, fertilizer, and food.
Vermont, University of Vermont Extension
Harwood, Hannah and Darby, Heather, "National Sunflower Survey" (2012). Northwest Crops & Soils Program. 36.