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Oilseeds

Developed for high yields and high oil content

Approximately 75% of sunflowers grown in the U.S. are crushed for oil. Oil type sunflower seeds not crushed for oil are often sold into high quality bird food markets.

Natural sunflower oil is a healthy combination of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and low levels of saturated fat. Oil sunflowers are generally classified based on their oleic (monounsaturated fat) content.  The primary commercial oilseed hybrid categories are:

High Oleic = oleic levels greater than 82% (common minimum crush requirement)
NuSun = oleic levels 55-75%

High Oleic
Cobalt II
N4H302 E

NuSun
N4HM354
Talon (multiple market)

Oilseed Hybrid Comparison Tables

HYBRID RATING SCALE 1 = Poor, 9 = Excellent (excluding Plant Height)
PLANT HEIGHT RATING SCALE 1 = Shortest, 9 = Tallest

High Oleic

Hybrid Traits Maturity Emergence Drought Tolerance Uniformity at Flowering Yield for Maturity Test Weight Dry Down Oil Content Late Season Plant Health Stalk Rating Root Rating Plant Height
COBALT II CL / DMR Early 8 7 9 8 7 8 6 7 8 8 5
N4H302 E EX Med-Early 9 7 8 7 7 8 7 7 7 6 6

NuSun

Hybrid Traits Maturity Emergence Drought Tolerance Uniformity at Flowering Yield for Maturity Test Weight Dry Down Oil Content Late Season Plant Health Stalk Rating Root Rating Plant Height
TALON (multiple market) EX Early 7 6 8 7 6 7 5 6 7 8 5
N4HM354 CL / DMR Med-Early 8 7 8 9 7 8 8 7 8 8 6