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Sunflower Pathology Needs: Identify, Prioritize, Compose and Disseminate

Led by Samuel Markell, North Dakota State University, Samuel.markell@ndsu.edu

Approximately 90% of the 2.2 million acres of sunflower planted annually in the U.S. are in the North Central States. Diseases have been the most significant biological yield-limiting factor for sunflower production, however, limited reference and Extension literature on sunflower diseases exists. This has resulted in misidentification of diseases, and combined with a near-total lack of IPM recommendations; growers often ‘spray and pray’. We propose to establish the sunflower disease working group with the objectives of 1) identify and prioritize sunflower pathology and IPM needs with aid of stakeholders, 2) address those needs, 3) begin composition of an APS-Sunflower Compendium, and 4) increase communication among pathologists working on sunflower. This proposal will meet the NCIMC goals by determining Extension and IPM priorities that include stakeholder input, developing IPM related education materials and increasing communication among IPM enablers and practitioners.