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Postby Urbish » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:46 am

Last year I used the Cub to till up a stripe and planted two 150' rows of sunflowers out at the edge of the front yard along the highway. People liked them enough that I did it again this year. We haven't had any appreciable rain here in six weeks (the lawn is crispy), but I've been using my water tank trailer to give the sunflowers a drink every few days. It's a pain, but here is the result.
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Postby Shane Nelson » Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:58 am

They look awesome Jim!
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Re: Sunflowers

Postby SONNY » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:34 pm

Rows of them look great when in a line along the edge of yard or garden! I put a few here at the ends of the tater rows just because I like them. thanks; sonny
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Re: Sunflowers

Postby Eugene » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:02 pm

Turkey and other birds attractant.

Harvested giant sunflower seeds from sons' garden. Following year I planted the giant sunflower and other sunflower seed in a portion of the deer food plot.

Sunflowers did great on the food plot. That fall birds scratched the ground bare under the sunflowers looking for seeds.

Have a flock of turkeys that roost above the cliff on the east side of the property. Never did go turkey hunting.
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Re: Sunflowers

Postby Shane Nelson » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:46 pm

Eugene wrote:Turkey and other birds attractant.

Harvested giant sunflower seeds from sons' garden. Following year I planted the giant sunflower and other sunflower seed in a portion of the deer food plot.

Sunflowers did great on the food plot. That fall birds scratched the ground bare under the sunflowers looking for seeds.

Have a flock of turkeys that roost above the cliff on the east side of the property. Never did go turkey hunting.

Did the deer eat the sunflowers when they were young and tender? I’ve never heard of deer eating them but a friend planted some this year to dove hunt over and the deer mowed them down when they were about 18” high.
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Re: Sunflowers

Postby Eugene » Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:52 pm

I didn't have a problem with deer eating the sunflowers. I planted other sections of the food plot in forage radish and turnips. Deer cleaned up the radish and turnips well before deer season.
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Re: Sunflowers

Postby KETCHAM » Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:40 pm

Love the Mamonth ones....8 to 10 ft and big heads that follow the sun.......Next year I hope!!!!
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Re: Sunflowers

Postby lyle11 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:22 am

I only have 7 but decided to do the extra tall ones this year. My wife standing in front of them is 5’9” so I think a couple are around 11’.

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Re: Sunflowers

Postby Stanton » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:48 am

Hard to beat sunflowers. Thanks for sharing the pic.
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Re: Sunflowers

Postby lyle11 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:20 pm

I live in Ohio but have 80 acres in Wisconsin and every now and then somebody plants an entire field of them to harvest for birdseed. My neighbor planted 30 acres of them last year, as an experimental crop, which was fun to see. Not sure how he came out money wise. I saw an article online a month ago about some farm in the NE that estimated, if I remember it correctly, 7000 people coming over 1 weekend and to look and take pictures and it got to the point that they had to block access. I’ve loved them since I was a kid but at my unattended Wisconsin place something ate the leaves off and left stalks when they reached about 4’. Must have been a deer.


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