SunOpta Manager Tim Petry says northwest Minnesota will see an increase in sunflower acres this year. There are a few growers who haven’t planted sunflowers in a few years showing interest. “With the success of last year’s crop and an ability to help growers manage risk really put us in a good light.” Final planting dates for portions of the Northern Plains are passed, but Petry says planting sunflowers after June 15 should not be an issue. Seed supplies are still available. “We typically have earlier maturing hybrids and sunflowers fit this planting scenario very well this year.”
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