Anyone grow or growing sunflowers - Page 2 - The Combine Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 09:44 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: upstate ny
Posts: 385
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
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.

rancherman84 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-18-2008, 01:50 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Minot, ND
Posts: 895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 92 Post(s)
Re: Anyone grow or growing sunflowers

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

case is offline  
post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-02-2008, 03:26 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Posts: 4,261
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 717 Post(s)
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.
Jason Hildebrand is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-02-2008, 04:40 PM
Senior Member
kirschenman's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 5,708
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
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.
kirschenman is offline  
post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-27-2008, 10:02 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Vermilion, Ab
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
masseythrasher is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Combine Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Considering growing sunflowers Jc1998 Crop Production 47 12-22-2016 10:37 PM
Debating Barley...... Grow or not to grow. ZEEMAN Crop Production 41 03-30-2014 02:00 PM
Anyone grow/harvest green(snap) beans polarbear Specialty Crop Harvesting 8 08-31-2010 09:50 PM
9600+Sunflowers=Fire, 9500+Sunflowers=OK?? 9600guy John Deere 10 11-04-2008 12:26 PM
Anyone grow Kura Clover?!? fargus Crop Production 4 10-31-2008 06:33 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome