Sunflower Cover Crop Plant

Sunflowers rapid growth can produce a large amount of biomass very quickly, taking advantage of short growing seasons. Sunflowers have a vigorous root system that enables them to collect nutrients that are available in the soil. Birds, pollinators and other beneficial insects are attracted to the colorful heads of sunflowers. With their upright stalk, sunflowers can provide support for other cover crop plants to climb.

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Key Benefits

  • Attracts Pollinators

  • Rapid Growth

  • Extensive Root System

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 3 – 5
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 1 ½” – 2″
Minimum Germination Temperature 42° F
Interseed Not Recommended
Seeds/LB 7,000 – 8,000

Corn Plantings

Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
2,4-D 4S 2,4-D 1-2pt 7 Wait 30 days
Armezon/Impact 2.8SC topramezone 0.75 fl oz 14
Clarity/Banvel 4S (DiFlexx, Distinct, Engenia, Status, XtendiMax/FeXapan) dicamba 16-24 fl oz 5-14 Wait 120 days
Harmony 50WDG thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days

Soybean Plantings

Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
2,4-D 4S 2,4-D 1-2pt 7 Wait 30 days
Harmony 50WDG Thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days
Select 2E Clethodim 10 oz 3 Wait 30 days

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 3 – 5
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 1½” – 2″
Min. Germ. F° 42° F
Interseed Not Recommended
Seeds/LB 7,000 – 8,000

Corn Plantings

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Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
2,4-D 4S 2,4-D 1-2pt 7 Wait 30 days
Armezon/Impact 2.8SC topramezone 0.75 fl oz 14
Clarity/Banvel 4S (DiFlexx, Distinct, Engenia, Status, XtendiMax/FeXapan) dicamba 16-24 fl oz 5-14 Wait 120 days
Harmony 50WDG thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days

Soybean Plantings

swipe for additional information

Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
2,4-D 4S 2,4-D 1-2pt 7 Wait 30 days
Harmony 50WDG Thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days
Select 2E Clethodim 10 oz 3 Wait 30 days