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Soil: The best soils for sunflowers are sandy or silt loam soils,
clay loam soils with good water holding capacity have an
advantage in dry years. Good drainage is important since
sunflowers do not like water-logged soils. Ideal soil pH is
between 6.0 and 7.0.
Seed Populations: For dryland low fertility soils, you can plant
18,000 kernels per acre and up to 28,000 (irrigated, high fertility)
Planting: Soil temperatures should be near 50 degrees at
planting. Seeding depth should be 3/4 to 1.5 inches deep into a
firm seed bed. The seed can be broadcasted. Common row
spacings are between 15 and 40 inches, and wide rows can be
Fertilizer: If you are planting after a legume crop, NPK rates of
60-40-60 are recommended. If planting behind other crops, use
80-100 units of N.
Planting for Dove Hunts: Staggered plantings allow different
maturity dates and may benefit management of field for dove
Use of Herbicides:
For Non-Clearfield Hybrids - Use Prowl and/or Dual as a
Spartan can be used also, but not tilled in or used after
Rainfall is needed within 48 hours for adequate pre-emergence
For Clearfield Hybrids - Use the pre-emerge herbicides listed
above and follow up with 4 oz. of Beyond.
Select herbicide can be applied over the top for grasses on
both Clearfield and Non-Clearfield Hybrids.
**Based on compiled data from University of Arkansas and
University of Missouri. Check with your state wildlife
department for rules regarding food plots.
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