Disease Management for Sunflower Cultivation
Sunflower growers know that disease management is a key factor when growing sunflowers. Left unmanaged – either through variety selection and/or crop protection products – disease can impact sunflower production by robbing 30-100 percent of yield depending on the conditions and severity. Sunflower diseases have a direct impact on your results and your ability to market your sunflower crop.
At MAS Seeds, we believe that good agronomic practices go hand-in-hand with genetic innovation. In order to offer you the best varieties, our R&D team have developed the HelioSMART sunflower portfolio.
HelioSMART hybrids provided unsurpassed disease tolerance – protecting your farm from the main threats facing sunflower producers. Our breeding program has developed varieties with leading tolerance against mildew, sclerotinia and verticillium, giving you protection throughout the growing season.
*Results from MAS Seeds R&D nework 2019-20 with HelioSMART hybrids and market checks.
High Performance, High Tolerance
HelioSMART hybrids are selected for their high productivity in all disease situations
Featuring genetic innovation and research from trials based in some of the highest disease pressure zones in Europe, HelioSMART hybrids deliver between 3-12% better resistance than industry check varieties. This translates into a 12% yield increase under high disease risk situations.
In low disease pressure, HelioSMART hybrids offer a 3% yield bonus on average when compared to market standards. HelioSMART hybrids ensure high performance no matter what the disease pressure.
Protect Your Farm: The 3 Main Sunflower Diseases
- Sclerotinia: Causes up to 50% yield loss and oil quality degradation
- Verticillium: Can rob up to 30% of yield and cause oil quality degradation
- Mildew: Affects plant survival directly. Every infection leads to plant loss and therefore the yield loss can go up to 100%.
HelioSMART Solutions Against Diseases in Videos
HelioSMART hybrids are the results of a breeding program with the best disease tolerance and high yield performance against main sunflower diseases, in particular mildew, verticillium and sclerotinia. HelioSMART increases the yield until 12%.
Verticillium is expanding across Europe. Today solutions are limited, but MAS Seeds is developing new tools to limit its impact, securing sunflower cultivation for the future.
All sclerotinia types have a negative impact on sunflower yields. Listen to our MAS Seeds research team as they share their action plan to improve resistance.
Mildew is one of the most important diseases impacting yields in sunflowers. Watch to learn how MAS Seeds is responding to today's disease challenges.
HelioSMART Sunflower Hybrids
- 920.CP HelioSMART
- BLADE HelioSMART
- MAS 910.OL HelioSMART
- DT5510ITO HelioSMART