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#1 Greasy6020 ONLINE  

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Posted May 23, 2016 - 10:25 PM

My step mom wants sunflower, lots of sun flowers to feed the birds next winter.

She offered me $15 Canadian (63 cents American lol...) per dump trailer full, the dump trailer being standard gt sized dump trailer. Not a bad deal.

I have about 1 1/2 acres to plant them on, in a section of field that is just about useless for growing crops in due to its small size.

What's my best bet for planting sunflowers? My dad offered to do it with a seed drill, I wanted to make a 2 row planter from a cut up seed drill to pull behind a gt, set for 48" rows to cultivate in between.

To cultivate I would just use a brinly cultivator. Just that simple.

For harvest, all I need to do is separate the plant from the head. My stepmom said she would thresh/separate the seed from the head. My plans for separating the stalk and head would most likely be to make a skinny U shape from lumber, to drag down the head into a decent height to cut it off, I also want to have something to cut the stalk from the head. I was thinking old mower blades to cut the stalk after it gets pulled into the U shaped frame.

Fertility should be good, there was a massive manure pile there. But my dad set up grandpa on the john deere 350 dozer a few years back, it's all flat ish now.

Soil is a heavier clay, kinda acidic from what I hear.

Here is a list of what the roles for each tractor are;

John deere 300, heavy tillage, running harvester
Moto Mower 6020, planter, hauling during harvest
Massey ferguson 12 (uncertain) row crop cultivating, lighter tillage work.


Does this sound like a solid plan?
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Posted May 23, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Reads like a great plan.
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Posted May 23, 2016 - 10:39 PM

What variety sunflower will u grow?
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Posted May 23, 2016 - 10:57 PM

What variety sunflower will u grow?


I was told black oil and some striped kind.

I'm just the guy driving the tractor, doing what he's told...
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Posted May 23, 2016 - 11:19 PM

When I used to plant them I used a two row "corn" planter with fertilizer hoppers. I used 9-23-30 fertilizer, and when the field was finished, I straddled the rows and planted in between...

Work well. The variety was Giant. They grew to well over eight feet, and had huge heads. I waited until the seed was ripe to harvest, and by that time they were hanging over on their own, and well in reach.

Good luck.


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 02:23 AM

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Posted May 24, 2016 - 04:53 AM

Sounds like you have a good plan. I was helping my son plant sunflowers last night. Trying to cut back on bird feed costs. We had tried it a few years ago and didn't have much luck.
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Posted May 24, 2016 - 07:05 AM

When I used to plant them I used a two row "corn" planter with fertilizer hoppers. I used 9-23-30 fertilizer, and when the field was finished, I straddled the rows and planted in between...
Work well. The variety was Giant. They grew to well over eight feet, and had huge heads. I waited until the seed was ripe to harvest, and by that time they were hanging over on their own, and well in reach.
Good luck.

That's exactly what I wanted to do! Just on a toolbar set for 48" rows for cultivating and easier harvest.

I planned on using my lumber harvester as so to speed up harvest. I'm doing this pretty well alone, so I'm trying to save work for myself but get seat time.

Edited by Greasy6020, May 24, 2016 - 07:06 AM.

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Posted May 24, 2016 - 07:15 AM

She wouldn't even need to separate the seed from the head.  We used to do this every year and all we did was cut the heads off the stalks and lay them on branches ("Y" shaped) up in the trees.  Birds picked them clean.


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 08:00 AM

I planted a few dozen sunflowers in my backyard a few years ago. The birds loved them in the fall but most was stolen by squirrels, chipmunks, and mice. It unfortunately really helped the rodent population to grow. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted May 24, 2016 - 09:43 AM

I tried planting a few striped sunflowers for fun and giggles a few years ago. Just about the time they were in full flower those green beetles ate the flowers tips off.

I hate green beetles.

 

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I believe these are the adults of corn rootworms.


Edited by LilysDad, May 24, 2016 - 09:50 AM.

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Posted May 24, 2016 - 07:39 PM

My mom planted sunflowers a few years ago and they got infested with these huge spiders

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Posted May 25, 2016 - 10:57 AM

My mom planted sunflowers a few years ago and they got infested with these huge spiders

 

my stepmom will LOVE that! lol.






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