farmers of the summer rainfall belt, crop significant quantities of
sunflowers for the edible oil seed industry. Quick growing varieties
have been developed and can survive a large variety of soil types.
Farmers with lighter sandy soils have a better chance of success with
sunflowers than with grain sorghum if they require a summer cash
crop. The major pests are Galahs and cockatoos. The yield is only
about half that expected from grain sorghum, however, as the market
potential is good they are a good proposition in the summer rainfall