2001-2004 seasons have been disappointing as far as
Sunflower yields go, however, bear in mind that the
crops have been grown with little to no in crop rain and
a less than ideal moisture profile at planting.
From an Agronomic perspective, Sunflowers are one of the few
tap rooted summer crops planted in Central Queensland. They can
utilise deep moisture and nutrients, particularly
Nitrogen, and are a great double cropping option into
Wheat stubble. They provide an option to rotate
traditional Sorghum paddocks with the ability to control
Summer Grasses, Sorghum Almum, Volunteer Sorghum, etc.
with in crop herbicide sprays.
Historically speaking, Sunflowers offer a higher dollar
return per hectare than Sorghum and are an important
rotation crop for the Central Queensland region,
particularly when Sorghum prices are not very
attractive. There are a number of different markets
available, with premium markets sometimes available if you have invested in on farm
Seed treatment is very important especially where soil
borne insects are present. Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia
seed or you can treat the seed yourself with Cosmos. We
recommend that all planting seed be treated, giving your
crop the best possible start to the season.
Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia
products are available with Standard treatment