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#6350043 - 06/27/16 09:57 PM First try at sunflowers
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Sharing some of my recent experience. Biggest is settings on the john Deere 8300 grain drill. I couldn't find anything on settings for sunflower.

The planting rate for drilling sunflower was 4-5 lbs/acre.

I started on a setting of 14 and quickly realized that I was putting about 10-11 lbs/acre.
Got a really thick stand but the heads are about 1/3 the size of normal.




I adjusted to a 7 and soon realized that was too small of a gap and it was grinding a lot of the seed.
Not enough plants but huge heads.




Opened up to a 10 and got great coverage. It put out about 7 lbs/acre with very consistent coverage.



I did see the value of pre-spraying with roundup.
I missed this area and all my sunflowers were knee high with silver dollar heads.

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#6350055 - 06/27/16 10:05 PM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Also did 2-5 acre fields in wgf sorghum. So far no seed heads and it doesn't look good.


5 acres of sorghum beside 5 acres of sunflower. This field stayed soaked for about 3 weeks after planting and I got about 20% sunflower growth.

Did 7 acres of mixed brow top millet and hybrid pearl millet.

Brow top is super thick and covered with heads but looks like it's already dropping. I think i needed to wait until May instead of April. The pearl didn't do good at all. What came is putting off big heads but only the high/dry ground took.
Super tick brown top


Brown top and pearl


Come on September!!!!


Edited by brazosboyt (06/27/16 10:07 PM)

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#6350077 - 06/27/16 10:29 PM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Awesome!!
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#6350131 - 06/28/16 01:03 AM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Cool !

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#6350138 - 06/28/16 03:10 AM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Very cool! I gotta remember this for next year
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#6350344 - 06/28/16 09:28 AM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Any thoughts on why the WGF isn't doing well. We just planted some on some wetlands this year and are hoping for the best.

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#6350434 - 06/28/16 10:53 AM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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What kind of sunflowers did you plant ?

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#6350444 - 06/28/16 10:58 AM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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the good news is ------ next year just plow, the sunflowers will automatically grow, but you have to plow.
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#6350571 - 06/28/16 12:48 PM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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depending on what part of the state you're in, the small native flowers will do that anyway. or come on strong in a field that was disked and planted in WW the previous fall

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#6350816 - 06/28/16 04:43 PM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Blazer Black Oil Sunflowers

I don't believe that these will come back up on their own. The natives definitely do. I can't plow these plots because they are on a hilltop and I would lose a ton of dirt with any rain. We are spraying and then no till drilling. I wish I could just plow and let the natives come up. Lot easier and cheaper.

Not sure on the wgf. I sure hope they seed out. I was counting on those 2 -5 acre fields to be producers.

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#6350859 - 06/28/16 05:19 PM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Thats what I do just plow but I get a couple lbs of hybrid and through them out as I plow

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#6351066 - 06/28/16 09:07 PM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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upWhere abouts?

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#6351161 - 06/28/16 10:43 PM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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Looking good. What day in April did you plant the brown top?

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#6351352 - 06/29/16 08:04 AM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: brazosboyt]
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How many did you lose to deer? I've always heard that deer destroy sunflowers. We planted about 10 acres of milo this year. Its looking good so far.

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#6351497 - 06/29/16 09:38 AM Re: First try at sunflowers [Re: sallysue]
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Originally Posted By: sallysue
Thats what I do just plow but I get a couple lbs of hybrid and through them out as I plow
East Bell County around Seaton

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