National Sunflower Association Executive Director John Sandbakken says the sunflower crop in the Dakotas and Minnesota is about one week behind normal. “The heat we’ve had lately is really pushing the crop towards maturity. If you look at the five year average of growing degree days, we’re above average.” Sandbakken is also getting reports of the red seed weevil in sunflowers. “With prices where they’re at and the value of the crop, you don’t want to let something like the red seed weevil take away the yield or profit from you.”
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