HelioSMART Sunflower Hybrids

HelioSMART hybrids are the results of a breeding program with the best disease tolerance and high yield performance against the main sunflower diseases, in particular mildew, verticillium and sclerotinia. HelioSMART hybrids increases the yield until 12%* compared to the average market.

*Results from MAS Seeds® R&D nework 2019-23 with HelioSMART hybrids and market checks.

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.

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​
    • With HelioSMART: <5% attacks*
  • Verticillium: Can rob up to 30% of yield  and cause​ oil quality degradation​
    • With HelioSMART: Very good tolerance*
  • Mildew: Affects plant survival directly. Every infection leads to plant loss and therefore the yield loss can go up to 100%. 
    • With HelioSMART: RM9 profile*

*Based from MAS Seeds® R&D network

The Best Disease Tolerance to Secure the Yield

HelioSMART hybrids are the results of a breeding program with the best tolerance against main sunflower diseases.

Discover our new HelioSMART hybrids

HelioSMART | Sunflower hybrid
Mid Early | Herbicide tolerant

HelioSMART | Sunflower hybrid
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HelioSMART | Sunflower hybrid
Mid Late | Herbicide tolerant | High oleic

HelioSMART in videos


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.

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