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when to shred sunflower field? #8307985 06/29/21 06:32 PM
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When do the experts recommend?


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8308065 06/29/21 07:43 PM
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13th-20th of August.


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8308070 06/29/21 07:51 PM
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^^^ To the OP, nobody here knows more about sunflower fields than Stompy.


Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: LarryCopper] #8308076 06/29/21 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by LarryCopper
^^^ To the OP, nobody here knows more about sunflower fields than Stompy.

Kind words, Thanks. Been many many years of trial and error. Mother nature has a lot to do with it, my part is mainly timing.


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8308296 06/30/21 12:03 AM
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Do you shred it in phrases? Like shred 1/3 Aug 20, then the next 1/3, etc? Or do you shred it all at once?

thanks sir!!


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Originally Posted by Stompy
13th-20th of August.

Originally Posted by LarryCopper
^^^ To the OP, nobody here knows more about sunflower fields than Stompy.

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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8308344 06/30/21 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by elvisp_bucks
Do you shred it in phrases? Like shred 1/3 Aug 20, then the next 1/3, etc? Or do you shred it all at once?

thanks sir!!

I mow about 25% then. 3rd week of September another 20-25% just before the northern birds start showing up. 2nd week of October another 20-25%. I may save the last 25% till after the December split.


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8308644 06/30/21 12:44 PM
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Thank you very much


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8324863 07/19/21 12:08 PM
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I went and checked on my sunflowers this week. A lot of them are starting to get ripe. And surprisingly there were quite a few dove hanging around the field already. We have not had very many birds in my county(Hamilton) [Linked Image]
the last few years so I’m not getting overly optimistic, but it was hard for me not to get excited after seeing that. My field is about 10 acres, and the sunflowers did amazing. I just planted them this year. Native sunflowers planted the way Stompy says to in January and lightly disced in on well prepared seed bed. They did great with all this rain. I also fertilized them pretty heavily. I mixed the fertilizer with the seed when I slung it. Now if I just have enough birds come in🤞🤞 Picture above is from early June. They got to about 6 to 8 feet and are now getting a ripe.

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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8324907 07/19/21 12:51 PM
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Awesome!

Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8324950 07/19/21 01:33 PM
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If things continue to work out, that could be a heck of a shoot !


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8324980 07/19/21 02:05 PM
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Good looking field Shalor, bet you'll have some birds this year.

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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8325851 07/20/21 03:55 AM
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we have about 15 acres, how wide do you cut your initial lanes, 40',
hex pattern or all in a horizontal pattern.

do you wait to cut until the majority of the yellow leafs fall off? I know some mature at different times.

We just disc up the group to have ours pop. how much fertilizer do you all put down per acre when you disc?

Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8326632 07/20/21 11:14 PM
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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8326712 07/21/21 12:33 AM
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Horizontal pattern, but either is fine. You're just putting seeds on the ground. If some flowers are yellow that's ok, they'll dry out and the seeds have already made. My lanes usually start out about 20-25' with about 40-50' between lanes. I test the soil for fertilizer but it's usually 60# per acre, and I only fertilize every other year.


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: Stompy] #8327795 07/22/21 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Stompy
13th-20th of August.


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8328821 07/23/21 12:08 AM
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Question for you guys. Is there anything you can apply to control the weeds this late in the game? If not what do y’all apply and when?



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Originally Posted by Ricochet83
Question for you guys. Is there anything you can apply to control the weeds this late in the game? If not what do y’all apply and when?

I don't do any weed control, I just let the weeds come in with the sunflowers.


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8342671 08/06/21 01:44 AM
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As stated I usually start around and no later than the 13th.
This year I'm starting on the 7th. No rain in the forecast and HOT, might as well get it done in the ac of the tractor.


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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: Ricochet83] #8343796 08/07/21 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Ricochet83
Question for you guys. Is there anything you can apply to control the weeds this late in the game? If not what do y’all apply and when?


Weeds are good. Johnson grass and Bermuda make it tough to find birds but don’t keep the birds away.
If you have any cows graze the fields after the sunflowers get about 4” tall. I graze mine all year here at the house.

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Is it bad to shred some strips before it rains? I was thinking about shredding tomorrow and looks like it’s going to rain on Sunday. I was thinking the seeds won’t sprout until spring? Thanks for your help Stompy!

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Re: when to shred sunflower field? [Re: elvisp_bucks] #8348502 08/11/21 10:38 PM
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Go ahead and shred, I'm doing the same tomorrow and Friday. It won't really affect the seeds, what it will do is grow grass in your shredded lanes. Sometimes I have to shred over my lanes in October due to johnson grass.


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Well, it’s been a while since I’ve shredded sunflowers. But I now remember it’s not very fun to shred 8 to 10 foot tall sunflowers in an open cab tractor. I’m going to take ski goggles next time. I had so much sunflower seed in my eyes even with wraparound sunglasses. But I got it done. And I saw probably 50 to 100 dove out there in the field already before shredding. Keeping my fingers crossed that they multiply.

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