Farming forum: A different cash crop

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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 24, 2015 9:24 AM CST
A rather large field across the way from me is growing sunflowers. I guess they make enough money from them to make it worth using this prime field. It sure is pretty right now.
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Every Bloom was facing East. Smiling
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kidfishing
Jul 24, 2015 2:15 PM CST
I wonder if they're going to make sunflower seeds! Drooling
BBQ flavored ones! Big Grin
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jul 24, 2015 2:17 PM CST
This sign was next to it.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 28, 2015 10:14 AM CST
That field sure is pretty. If your going to grow crops I guess that would be about the most pretty to grow.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jul 28, 2015 12:11 PM CST
Driving north on a highway I often use, I noticed a field of sunflowers for the first time. That area has always grown corn, sorghum or cotton. It will be interesting to see whether it is the start of a trend.
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TBGDN
Jul 31, 2015 3:29 PM CST
We go through about 50# of sunflower seeds in the winter months. A lot of different birds love them, especially in cold weather.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 31, 2015 3:41 PM CST
TBGDN said:We go through about 50# of sunflower seeds in the winter months. A lot of different birds love them, especially in cold weather.


Oh yes many birds are attracted to those sunflower seeds. And I get the Gold Finches come around and eat the seeds right out of the sunflowers that I grow. So cute to see them hanging on the flower head and picking out seed.
Name: Porkpal
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Jul 31, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Eliminate the middle man!
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 1, 2015 3:43 AM CST
Yup, they sure love them, When I was a kid, my neighbor used to have a bird feeder, and he had the wild Chic a dee's taking the seeds out of his mouth. He'd put his finger up near this mouth for them to perch on and they would fly onto his finger and take the seed from between his lips and fly off.
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Calif_Sue
Aug 2, 2015 11:06 PM CST

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They are beautiful! Especially en masse like that! I plan on growing them for my chickens.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 3, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Thanks, They are starting to look a bit sad now as we need rain and the soil is very sandy here.
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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
Apr 16, 2016 11:16 AM CST
Ok, I have seen a field of these before as well. My question is, because of the sheer density of plants, do you THINK that some can survive the winter, and essentially making it an ever lasting field?

Also, I guess the stalks are good for cows and gosts, so we feed depleted stalks for them.
You would be surprised, on what an entire ecosystem can look like on a single plant, beauty...o by the way, I'm going for the world record sunflower this year (first year trying)

I'll have videos up on my youtube channel
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Apr 17, 2016 4:40 PM CST
I think they are an annual plant, and won't survive a winter. If any seeds survived, they will come up the next spring, but the birds like them too much. Smiling
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 19, 2016 9:24 AM CST
tveguy3 said:I think they are an annual plant, and won't survive a winter. If any seeds survived, they will come up the next spring, but the birds like them too much. Smiling


The birds do usually manage to leave a few seeds to let the sunflowers self seed.
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abhege
Apr 19, 2016 9:12 PM CST
Century Sun Oil is an organic sunflower oil company. Yay!!!

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