Plant Sunflowers Early

May 6 or 11 are the earliest planting dates covered in North Dakota and South Dakota. Video links provide tips for best planting.

Published on: May 1, 2012

Sunflowers can be planted early. The earliest covered planting dates are May 6 or May 11 in North Dakota and South Dakota, depending upon the county, according to John Sandbakken, National Sunflower Association executive director.

If planted after the earliest allowed planting date, a replanting payment is allowed if your sunflower crop is damaged by a covered cause of loss to the extent that the remaining stand will not produce at least 90% of your production guarantee and it is practical to replant.

No replanting payment will be made on acreage initially planted before the earliest planting date.

John Smith, University of Nebraska machinery system engineer, Scottsbluff, is featured in a series of videos the NSA produced about how to improve seed placement. Plant Sunflowers EarlyThe videos include:Plant Sunflowers Early

Plant Sunflowers Early
Plant Sunflowers Early

For more information, you can contact Smith at 308-632-1247 or

Source: NSA