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/ADrilled: 3 – 5
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth1 ½” – 2″
Minimum Germination Temperature42° F
InterseedNot Recommended
Seeds/LB7,000 – 8,000

Corn Plantings

Trade NameCommon NameStandard Rate/ACHalf-Life (days)Notes
2,4-D 4S2,4-D1-2pt7Wait 30 days
Armezon/Impact 2.8SCtopramezone0.75 fl oz14
Clarity/Banvel 4S (DiFlexx, Distinct, Engenia, Status, XtendiMax/FeXapan)dicamba16-24 fl oz5-14Wait 120 days
Harmony 50WDGthifensulfuron⅛ oz12Wait 45 days

Soybean Plantings

Trade NameCommon NameStandard Rate/ACHalf-Life (days)Notes
2,4-D 4S2,4-D1-2pt7Wait 30 days
Harmony 50WDGThifensulfuron⅛ oz12Wait 45 days
Select 2EClethodim10 oz3Wait 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 Depth1½” – 2″
Min. Germ. F°42° F
InterseedNot Recommended
Seeds/LB7,000 – 8,000

Corn Plantings

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Trade NameCommon NameStandard Rate/ACHalf-Life (days)Notes
2,4-D 4S2,4-D1-2pt7Wait 30 days
Armezon/Impact 2.8SCtopramezone0.75 fl oz14
Clarity/Banvel 4S (DiFlexx, Distinct, Engenia, Status, XtendiMax/FeXapan)dicamba16-24 fl oz5-14Wait 120 days
Harmony 50WDGthifensulfuron⅛ oz12Wait 45 days

Soybean Plantings

swipe for additional information

Trade NameCommon NameStandard Rate/ACHalf-Life (days)Notes
2,4-D 4S2,4-D1-2pt7Wait 30 days
Harmony 50WDGThifensulfuron⅛ oz12Wait 45 days
Select 2EClethodim10 oz3Wait 30 days