Our premium sunflower hybrids are not only tried and tested for your region, they also convince through very competitive yields. And with our high oleic hybrids, you can profit from a rising global demand and invest in a new and sustainable business model.




The Dow Seeds Europe Sunflower program was established in 2008, starting with competitive germplasm leveraged from our breeding programs in America and Argentina, where Dow AgroSciences holds leading market positions.

Get more out of your sunflowers

Our sunflower program primarily aims at producing hybrids with a high grain yield and high oil percentage. On this basis, hybrids are classified either as conventional or high oleic (with oleic contents of greater than 84%). In many cases, the sunflower oil has a high proportion of heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat, which confers health benefits and improved cooking characteristics.

Bred with care, sought after worldwide

No wonder that 20% of US and Argentinian farmers already count on Dow Seeds sunflower hybrids while the market share in Europe is growing by leaps and bounds. The main European breeding program is located in Szeged, Hungary. The European summer program is supplemented by winter nurseries grown in Chile, Argentina and Puerto Rico.

Relevant characteristics for high sunflower yields

Apart from the intrinsic yield capacity of the hybrid itself, it is possible to identify an important range of characteristics which impact directly on the harvested yields. These include:

  • Good standability
  • Reduced neck breakage
  • Good center seed fill
  • An ideal head angle
  • Good disease and broomrape resistance

IMI herbicide resistant hybrids

Many Dow Seeds sunflower hybrids are equipped with the Clearfield characteristic, which confers resistance to imidazolinone (IMI) herbicides. This enables farmers to spray developing sunflower fields with herbicide in order to get weeds and Broomrape parasite weed under control while the sunflowers remain largely unaffected.

Combining techniques for best results

The breeding techniques employed by Dow Seeds encompass the entire range from conventional breeding, through to advanced DNA analyses.

For conventional breeding, Dow Seeds has the advantage of being able to procure genetic material world-wide, and to be in possession of one of the world’s best reserves of parental lines and hybrids.

We also have a full range of facilities available for screening progenies for oil percentage and oil composition, plus highly developed laboratory techniques for DNA analysis. One important consequence of having extensive DNA laboratory facilities is that genetic markers have been and are being developed for all important traits in sunflower breeding, particularly those associated with disease resistance. This enables resistant hybrids to be developed and commercialized much more rapidly than would otherwise be the case.

Before release, the hybrids developed from the Dow Seeds breeding programs are tested over several years in our highly developed worldwide network of yield and disease resistance trials.



HO Sunflower


High oleic sunflower oil is very high in monounsaturated fatty acids that are considered particularly valuable for a healthy nutrition. The oil is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and belly fat.

Beyond that high oleic sunflower oil is highly resistant to oxidation, even at high temperatures. If you compare the OSI (Oxidation Stability Index) of high oleic sunflower oil with those of rapeseed oil, olive oil or regular sunflower oil, high oleic sunflower oil is by far the most stable oil.

An insatiable global demand: Profit from a truly sustainable food product

With more and more people worldwide becoming aware of these positive health benefits, the global demand for high oleic sunflower oil is on the rise: Experts predict that the production of these oils has to double by 2020 to meet global demands. This provides an enormous opportunity for Europe’s farmers.

The perfect oil for a sustainable business model

Another reason for the steadily increasing popularity of high oleic sunflower oil is its functional properties for the food industry: While having the same shelf life as palm oil, for example, it is both healthier and more sustainable.

With all of these benefits combined, it is no wonder that the demand for these oils has become very high. At Dow Seeds we work intensively to engage the key players to build a new business model that is highly beneficial to farmers and crushers alike. Your perfect basis to build both a profitable and sustainable business!

Top crop, top yield!

Alongside their health benefits and functional properties, Dow Seeds’ high-oleic sunflower hybrids display a range of characteristics that have a positive impact on yields. These include good standability and strong disease resistance.

To sum up, farmers can easily profit when entering the high oleic sunflower market with Dow Seeds – the hybrids for highly sustainable business.


Suciu Cornel
self-employed farmer, Romania

After Seeds Specialist Victor had told me about Dow Seeds Sunflower hybrids, I was curious and tried the seeds on a small plot. This year, I have used Dow Seeds for my entire sunflower area. I guess, I don’t need to say any more.


Megan De Velvis

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