Not only is a field of sunflowers in flower a colourful sight, the crop is of huge benefit to a wide range of wildlife.

Sunflowers provide highly nutritious seed of a high oil content which is loved by all game and song birds and the nectar is of great importance to bees and other insects. In most situations sunflowers are grown in conjunction with many other game crops such as game maize or kale, either in mixtures or in adjacent blocks. The young seedlings are very vulnerable to spring slug attack and to wireworm in ground that has previously been in grass, so a close eye must be kept on the newly planted crop. Cambridge rolling following drilling into a good seed bed will help to protect against rook damage.

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