Sunflower harvest is beginning near Crookston, Minnesota. Kevin Capistran says the crop is a bright spot this year. “It’s a real morale boost for the farm after an abysmal soybean harvest. The sunflowers are a lot better suited for the dry season. We are seeing more than 2,500 pound yields so far. A lot of that is driven by quality.” Test weights are described as “super high.” This is an earlier than usual harvest for the sunflowers. “Part of that is early planting, plenty of heat units in the summer and using a desiccant in the fall to speed them along. Those three things mean you are getting them in the bin when they look good.”
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