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Weather delays some sunflower harvest

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The executive director of the National Sunflower Association says weather continues to delay sunflower harvest in central South Dakota.

John Sandbakken says a recent snowstorm made it difficult for farm equipment to get into the field, but the crop that’s been harvested through now looks decent.

“In most cases for the yield reports we’ve received from farmers have had from 2,500 to 3,000 pound yields, above normal. There was also a dryland producer in Minnesota who raised sunflowers with more than a 4,000 pound yield.”

Sandbakken says the oil content of the sunflowers in the Northern Plains is the highest it’s been in 30 years.

Weather delays some sunflower harvest