Sunflower Seeds are the most popular seed for bird feed, and Peredovik Sunflower seed might be the most popular (from the bird's perspective). Its black oil seeds are meatier and have higher oil content than other varieties, which attracts both songbirds and game birds.
- Bird Feed
- High energy food source for birds
- Cover crop
- Used in mixes for wildlife
- Meatier with a high oil content
Sunflower seeds are the most popular seed for bird feed. Peredovik Sunflowers grow 4 to 5 ft. tall and provide a nutritious, high-energy food source for birds.
All types of sunflower seeds originate from the common sunflower, Helianthus annuus, although there are many specialized and hybrid flower varieties that create different bloom sizes, stalk heights, and seed yields. The seeds they produce are similar, however, and Sunflower seed is a universally popular birdseed.
When compared to striped sunflower seeds, black oil sunflower seeds are meatier and have a higher oil content, giving birds more nutrition and calories in every bite. Black oil seeds also have thinner shells, making them easier for small birds to crack.
Sunflowers are a great addition to game bird fields for dove, quail, turkey and pheasant. Planted with Millet, Sorghum, Sesame, or other seed yielding varieties, this creates a diverse seed supply for the birds. Common dove fields are planted in strips of Millet, Sunflowers, Milo (Sorghum) and Sesame. This allows the grower to mow off small portions of each variety as the season approaches to attract birds.This plant matures in approximately 100 days.
Plant at a rate of 20 to 30 lbs. / acre, at a depth between 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. Plant during spring or summer, and allow 100 days for maturity.