Sunflowers - Bring on 9/1

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  1. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    These are Clearfield Sunflowers planted on 4/23/2017. Although I am pleased with the overall result they are generally smaller than my plants last year. I broadcast and had problem with ATV broadcaster this year so had to improvise a bit and may have over planted. At any rate DSC04909.JPG DSC04921.JPG DSC04928.JPG DSC04960.JPG DSC04961.JPG the doves won't mind. Plan to start mowing next weekend so we are ready for 9/1. Doves are in the area and already using the stand (as are the damn finches that work on them pretty good).
     
  2. duckbuster5901

    duckbuster5901 Senior Refuge Member

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    looks like broadcasting heavy kept the weeds out very well. Did you spray herbicide prior to planting?
     
  3. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    Duckbuster. I did not do any pre-emerge herbicide and have not the prior two years. I disked, broadcast seed and then sprayed post-emerge Beyond Herbicide when the sunflowers were about 4-8 leaf stage and when the weeds and grasses were starting to come (most 4-8" in height). That has worked very well for me over the past couple of years and keeps the weed competition down for sure. Did a little spot spraying but very limited as the Beyond Herbicide is extremely pricey. I hope they lose their patent soon so a generic can be purchased. The good news is it only takes 4 oz per acre but at $500+ a gallon I am pretty careful in not over-using. I do think I can get at least 5-6 seasons use with the one gallon for the plot I plant and I don't have to apply pre-emerge to get good results even though it calls for it………I personally don't think the pre-emerge is worth the extra cost and work involved.

    Good luck this Fall.
     
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  4. Cedarlakeforge

    Cedarlakeforge New Member

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    Those look good. I planted 2 acres and the deer hammered about 3/4 of an acre of them. I used prowl pre-emerge herbicide but no beyond ( to pricey this year). This was my first year for sunflowers. I did put down 100 lbs to the acre 13-13-13. They are kinda weedy but doing pretty good. There clearfield sunflowers. Next year I plan to step up and get some beyond. It's expensive if you do it right.
     
  5. Drakes Landing

    Drakes Landing Refuge Member

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    They were mowed to the ground this past weekend. Birds were already using the field pretty good but should really be hammering it now that they are on the ground. 9 days til opener!

    And yes, the beyond is stupid expensive. Mine got a little weedy towards the end but when I brush hogged them this past weekend cleaned up pretty well with lots of dirt exposed which, as you probably know, doves prefer!

    Good luck
     
  6. Cedarlakeforge

    Cedarlakeforge New Member

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    I never thought about mowing them down. Is that a lot better than standing?
     
  7. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    Doves are ground feeders and the cleaner the field the better. Definitely mow as low as you can go and if you have access to a disk, disk a few spots and create some soft bare dirt areas.

    Good luck
     
  8. Cedarlakeforge

    Cedarlakeforge New Member

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    Thanks , Hannibal , gotta get th brushog out
     
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    Cedarlakeforge New Member

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    Thanks guys, I'm learning
     

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