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Sound Off: On a trip across Kansas, I noticed fields of sunflowers. Is this becoming a popular crop for farmers? How are sunflowers harvested?

In 2011, Kansas produced nearly 150 million pounds of sunflower seeds, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Kansas ranks third nationally in sunflower production, though production has dropped and continues to drop because fewer acres are being planted. Sunflowers are harvested by a combine, using a row-crop combine header attachment.

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Shane Garrett 1 year, 8 months ago

Did you read the story about that American 4x400 medley runner that ran 1/2 lap on a broken leg. He said he just kept thinking "Faith, Focus, Finish." One for the ages.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 8 months ago

Sunflower seeds were Mulder's favorite snack. I had no idea that sunflowers were raised in such numbers in Kansas though I have saw some here and there. Also I did not know that Kansas is the sunflower state. I would have guessed wheat, but that would be based on waving the wheat at the Hawks games. Does that make me stupid? No, I was not raised in Kansas and so never learned any of this


"The Common Sunflower has a long history of association with people. Nearly 3,000 years ago it was domesticated for food production by the Native Americans. The seeds of the wild type of sunflower are only about 5 mm. long. It was only through careful selection for the largest size seeds over hundreds of years that the cultivated sunflower was produced. Lewis and Clark made mention in their journals of its usage by the plains Indians. It was brought back to the Old World by the early European explorers and widely cultivated there also. Today it is a common alternative crop in the Great Plains and elsewhere for food and oil production. Next time you munch down on some sunflower seeds, thank the many generations of Native Americans whose careful husbandry gave us this valuable food item. The wild cousins of those grown on the farm are still common, however, in fields, roadsides and disturbed ground throughout the Great Plains." http://www.50states.com/flower/kansas.htm

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Those are called weeds, sweet cheeks.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

Why doesn't the sand stick to the Olympic beach volleyball players?

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avoice 1 year, 8 months ago

I want to thank the questioner for one of the funniest LJW threads in recent memory.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

How did you learn to cook?

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CWGOKU 1 year, 8 months ago

The two sunflowers left in my garden are barely alive and I pour a gallon of water on each a day.
Does the light in my fridge go off when I shut the door?

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Agnostick 1 year, 8 months ago

In a related story, a surprising new industry is taking root in Florida: fishing.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

In Kansas, sunflowers are classified as both the State Flower, and as a noxious weed.

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psycho_theclown 1 year, 8 months ago

What's the shelf life for the gas additive, Stabil?

What if sunflowers become the new k3 or k4?

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LarryCarl 1 year, 8 months ago

actually... I think this is a pretty good questions... because I'm pretty sure that Kansas, "The Sunflower State" is not named for the hybrid crop sunflowers planted for the purpose of harvesting of seeds, but rather the wild-naturally growing variety...

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 8 months ago

Why do my elbows just bend one way?

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Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 8 months ago

Why don't Kansans realize not everyone is from Kansas?

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 8 months ago

Where do those numbers go after I erase them from the chalkboard?

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JJE007 1 year, 8 months ago

I was in a car going from Lawrence, KS to Colorado and I noticed that I could stay on concrete for the entire trip. I had to pay for this "road", of sorts, at Topeka but didn't have to pay the rest of the way across Kansas. Am I allowed to use this free concrete ribbon? If so, why did Topeka charge me? Is it because it's the home of Grampires?

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FarneyMac 1 year, 8 months ago

Sunflowers in Kansas? That's crazy! What is this, some sort of Sunflower State or something?

edit: I'm sorry, I shouldn't be so negative. On the positive side, we have a new contender for dumbest Sound Off question of all time!

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