Drought-stressed sunflowers could play an important role, even if the seeds aren’t harvestable, in the form of silage for beef cattle forage. However, it’s important to test the silage for nutrient content and safe nitrate levels before feeding. Typically, acceptable sunflower silage provides 80% the feeding value of corn. Another important consideration before pursuing sunflower silage is to contact a crop insurance agent so the sunflowers can be appraised and released by the crop insurance company. Read for more how-to tips on converting sunflowers to silage.