Sunflower Crops Set Records

North Dakota and South Dakota sunflower crops are expected to set records at the end of the season.
Sunflowers are grown to produce sunflower oil. The oil is used as a healthy substitute to fight trans fat. Overall, the country’s production is down by 13 percent due to the drop in planted acres and spring flooding.
The Dakotas produce 75 percent of the nation’s sunflowers, and the USDA projects high numbers. South Dakota is expected to produce 1,809 pounds per acre and North Dakota is expected to produce 1,557 pounds per acre.
Although most crops stay within America, 80,000 metric tons are expected to be exported to Canada. After a dimming year, these numbers are reassuring to those in the industry.
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