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Re: Anyone grow or growing sunflowers

weve been growing them for about 10 years now.harvest them with our 1660 and deere row crop header.we have our own seed cleaning and bagging operation so we can sell our own seed.we also sell lots of bird seed.

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we've grown them for quite awhile...3 words for ya...sticky when wet...combine them with our 2388 and an 8 row JD all crop head

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Re: Anyone grow or growing sunflowers

Here's something to think about, Sunflowers would take the place of Canola in a rotation. Flowers are harder to grow and dry out the soil alot. Have you seen the price of Canola??? The plus side of flowers is that you harvest them later in the season so it expands your season allowing more time to harvest the entire crop. The down side is that you have to harvest in the snow some years.
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Re: Anyone grow or growing sunflowers

Here is some more to think about. I was told that when canbra was 1st proposed in Lethbridge it was supposed to be a sunflower crusher, not canola. Sunflowers will go down to 6 ft in search of moisture.

One of the best crops after the flowers in a rotation is peas because they only root down about a foot, so they don't go looking for moisture that isn't there because it hasn't recharged.

Canola is in the brassica family, which inhibits the growth of the beneficial soil fungal infection (mycorrhizae). Sunflowers do not. Colonization of root systems will effectively enlarge the root area allowing for more uptake of nutrients and moisture. Something to think about in rotations.

Had some neighbors grow sunola probably 12 years ago and it was a nice crop and about 3 weeks earlier maturing than regular sunflowers. Not sure if it is even still grown.
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Re: Anyone grow or growing sunflowers

I grew some 2 years ago and they did well, it is a variety that was being bred mostly in SK and I was able to get some seed. They are a dwarf variety for our shorter season. Vermilion, Ab. It sounded like a lot of growers gave up on it but it did work well in our area. I still have some of it around?
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