Sunflower is a summer oilseed crop that is predominantly grown for oil production; however it has several alternative market options such as the confectionary birdseed market and as a stockfeed. Typically, this crop is grow after a long fallow from a winter cereal, and is important in providing another viable option for cropping rotation.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant (or) At Planting

    Rate: 150 - 200kg/Ha (Dryland), 250 - 300kg/Ha (Irrigated)

    Product: Standard Pellets, Organic Complete (or) Growers Special

    Application Method

    Apply by using either gravity feed openers or air drills to sub-surface band the fertiliser 5cm (2") below or to the side of the seed.


    Application Considerations


    Use higher rates when double cropping and when yield expectations are high ie. high soil moisture.

    Use less fertiliser if conditions are suboptimal or if spacing are wider.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% for very sandy soil sand may be increased by 30% for heavy textured soils or where soil moisture conditions at planting are excellent.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% when planting equipment with narrow slit openers is used (the fertiliser concentration is increased around the seed).

    Rates may be increased by 50% when air seeders are used operating at high pressures with wide openers. Air seeders spread the fertiliser bands when operating at high pressures reducing the fertiliser concentration around the seed.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.