Corn and soybeans get most of the attention in the battle for acres. Other crops are also competing for that ground, including sunflowers. National Sunflower Association Executive Director John Sandbakken says there is a positive story to tell. “On old crop, we’ve added $3.50 a hundredweight at the crush plants since harvest and when you look at new crop prices, it is $2.50.” Sunflowers are a very drought tolerant crop. “I remember in 2017 we had the third largest crop on record and that was a drought year. Sunflowers adapt very well and uses the moisture that is available.”
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