BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota sunflower farmers are poised to reclaim bragging rights as the nation’s top producers.
Last year, wet weather and flooding led to a drop of hundreds of thousands of acres in North Dakota, and South Dakota surpassed its northern neighbor as the leading sunflower state for the first time in recorded history.
The Agriculture Department projects sunflower acres to rebound about 31 percent in North Dakota this year, to 760,000. South Dakota’s acreage is pegged at 540,000, also up from last year but only by about 11 percent.
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