Sunflowers can be a challenge since they do take up a fair amount of space by nature of their height. If you want to crop anything nearby, you have to consider the shading that's going to happen as these plants grow. Not only that, but these can (and do) get knocked over by the wind. If you've never had to fight your way through downed or leaning sunflowers to get to another crop, then you don't understand. If you have, then you know why you have to choose the location wisely. You also need to consider the allelopathic qualities of most sunflowers. These plants tend to suppress seed germination in a radius around the stem's base.
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So, here's to a year where we find the niches on our farm for the sunflower!