Sunflower seed is best sown early after harvest, with these plants developing a deep taproot which helps them penetrate layers within the soil and alleviate compaction. The sunflower produces a beautiful flower, attracting pollinators and supporting biodiversity.
- For ACRES, a mixture of at least two crops from the prescribed list must be sown.
- Sunflower cover crops must remain in situ until after 1 January.
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Sowing rate: 10-15 kg/ha
Sowing time: Sow from mid-July up until 15 September if sowing for ACRES
Frost tolerance: Good
Biomass: Good if sown early in the season
Pests & diseases: Generally not a problem as a cover crop