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Decided to spend most of the summer in South Dakota, mostly thanks to the wildfires. We did a side trip over to the north shore of Lake Superior (very pretty) and I had to stop on the way back to take these photos. We were about halfway across the state on Rte#14 here. Anyway, as far as you could see, sunflowers! Thought I'd share.
Note; the 2nd picture, I climbed on to the roof of the RV to take in an attempt to show just how immense this field was, fail... They went as far as I could see.
Couple quick facts we Googled up:
They are #2 only to soybeans for oil production.
They only bloom in August.
7 States from ND to TX plant 300 million acres of them every year.
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That's cool,
Must be quite a sight in person.
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Are those dill pickle or ranch?
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Ill bet that would be a helluva place to dove hunt
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Originally Posted by ol guide View Post
Ill bet that would be a helluva place to dove hunt
You know it!

We drive by huge sunflower fields in late September-early October on our to and from waterfowl hunting in Saskatchewan. The numbers of doves, starlings, etc., working those fields is amazing.
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
Are those dill pickle or ranch?
;?

There are bird hunting guide services and ranches all over out here, pheasant in particular. Wild turkey's are everywhere! In town even..
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Originally Posted by ol guide View Post
Ill bet that would be a helluva place to dove hunt
I've planted them before mixed in with brown top millet and sorghum in some of our fields. They do really good if you get them planted early enough that they dry up and you can bush hog them before the shoot. Throws seeds everywhere.

Really cool pics. I'd be interested to know what kind of rotations they are on. Sunflowers are pretty hard on the soil and require a lot of nitrogen from what I know.
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
I've planted them before mixed in with brown top millet and sorghum in some of our fields. They do really good if you get them planted early enough that they dry up and you can bush hog them before the shoot. Throws seeds everywhere.

Really cool pics. I'd be interested to know what kind of rotations they are on. Sunflowers are pretty hard on the soil and require a lot of nitrogen from what I know.
We do pretty much the same on the family ranch in west Texas. Ill be headed up that way for opening day.
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WIsh I had ours dialed in like that!

I attempted to plant a little over an acre this past year and they grew ok, but I think I had them too close. The deer annihilated them, too, over time.

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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
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There are bird hunting guide services and ranches all over out here, pheasant in particular. Wild turkey's are everywhere! In town even..
Sorry, that was my lame attempt at a joke - dill pickle or ranch flavor. Somebody wrote on here not too long ago about those flavors.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
WIsh I had ours dialed in like that!

I attempted to plant a little over an acre this past year .......
Not trying to be a smart ass, serious question; But what was your plan? Seeds? Oil?'
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Not trying to be a smart ass, serious question; But what was your plan? Seeds? Oil?'
Hunting more than likely...
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These I tried this year..grew to over 12'

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Awesome field of sunflowers. I tried to grow some last year in my garden. They only grew to around 4 feet tall.
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Millions of doves have been shot over sunflower. Absolutely a beginner's dream to start out on the edge of a sunflower field.
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Not trying to be a smart ass, serious question; But what was your plan? Seeds? Oil?'
dove hunt...

The deer ate most of them, though, but the 20 acres of corn next door may keep the birds flying over once the guy harvests the corn. Did walk his field a bit and the corn was looking somewhat pitiful, though. He made one swipe around edge and stopped for some reason, so not sure what his plan is now.

I planted peredovic sunflowers so they don't get as big and the seeds aren't as big as others, but easier for the birds to eat.
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The pheasant and sharptail grouse love to feed around the cut sunflower fields in the fall.
Just hunt any nearby cover
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You can't just go and post a picture of a sunflower field like that a week before opening day of dove season. You are killing me.

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