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Sunflower crop may set a record

by webdev

November 08, 2010

Sunflowers are known throughout the world to symbolize optimism. Their large size and vibrant yellow color often remind people of the sun.

In addition to serving as a beautiful component to any floral arrangement, sunflowers are also an important source of food.

According to the National Sunflower Association, sunflower oil is a valued and healthy vegetable oil and sunflower seeds are enjoyed as a healthy, tasty snack and nutritious ingredient in many dishes.

The sunflower is an important agricultural crop choice for U.S. producers in the northern plains of the Dakotas to the panhandle of Texas. North Dakota is the nation's top sunflower grower, producing nearly half of the total crop.

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that North Dakota's sunflower crop is on pace to set a record for yield.

Coupled with high market prices and a harvest pace ahead of last year, National Sunflower Association marketing director John Sandbakken told that it's been "a tremendous year."

Reports estimate that 51 percent of the state's crop has already been harvested.

The federal Agriculture Department is projecting average yields at 1,638 pounds per acre. The previous record was 1,586 pounds per acre in 2005.


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