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SD leads in sunflower production
When consumers pick up a bag of sunflower seeds or a container of oil, it may very well have come from fields of gold in South Dakota. In 2013 South Dakotans planted 617,000 acres of sunflowers. No other state came close to this number of acres according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Sunflowers are produced primarily in the central and western region of South Dakota under no-till crop production systems. Sully and Hughes counties generally plant the most acres, according to National Agriculture Statistics Services. There are two types of sunflowers planted in South Dakota: oilseed types used for birdseed or crushed to make sunflower oil and confection types or those grown for human food markets. Learn more about sunflower production in South Dakota in this Farm Forum article. F
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