Sunflowers – Black oil seeds

Q: I want to plant sunflowers in a pasture. Will normal black oil seeds that you buy for bird feed sprout?

A: They sprout like crazy under my birdfeeder so I don’t see why they wouldn’t do well for your pasture. Sunflower seeds are divided into “oil” and “confectionery” types. The oil-producing seeds are usually black while the ones you see ballplayers eating and spitting are typically striped. If you plan to plant the entire pasture, clear it of grass and harrow it thoroughly. When soil temperatures are over 60 degrees, scatter 3 – 4 pounds of seed per acre evenly across the area and use a drag harrow to cover the seed. The field will be a beautiful sight in late summer…and every bird in Forsyth county will know where you live!

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