Sunflower prices continue to surge as the commodity competes for acres. In response, prices set new markets highs each week in April and are trading at levels not seen since 2012. National Sunflower Association Executive Director John Sandbakken says attractive prices, coupled with dry conditions, is sparking interest in the crop. The early planting period for sunflowers is now open. “I don’t know of anyone who has started planting yet. But at this point with the dry conditions, the earlier you can plant sunflower the better. I expect planting to ramp up this week.” Sandbakken has been fielding questions on sunflower seed supplies. Most companies have seed available. “There were rumors that there might be a shortage, but that’s not the case. We’ve haven’t seen these prices in nine years, so it’s a positive trend for sunflowers right now.” A variety of resources for farmers interested in growing sunflowers are available on the NSA website. Sandbakken has more in this Red River Farm Network interview.