29 Jul '17, 5pm

Growing sunflowers: a history and growing tips!

Growing sunflowers: a history and growing tips!

Sunflowers are in the same class with other mid- to late-fall-harvested crops that tend to fill you with apprehension. Like corn and soybeans, sunflowers have to dry down before the combine can enter the field. Ideal storage moisture for sunflowers is 8 percent, and it can be a long wait for physiologically mature sunflowers at 35 percent moisture to field-dry to such a low moisture level. Meanwhile the forces of nature will start to chip away at your beautiful crop of potentially high-yielding sunflowers. Large flocks of blackbirds seem to come out of nowhere to feast on the big bird feeder that you have provided for them. The rest of the wildlife in the neighborhood is also aware of that perfect balance between protein and energy available out there in your field of sunflowers. Your field has the potential to attract deer, raccoons, and even bears from miles around, and ...

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