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sunflower plants Sunflower is another broadleaf crop (dicotyledon) that is becoming quite popular in western Kansas.  There were only 290,000 acres of sunflowers planted this year.  Originally, the sunflower was a weed in Kansas, but through breeding it was developed into a commercially produced crop.  sunflower head

 

sunflower seeds The seed is contained inside the seed coat.  The seed coat is the black shiny layer.  Sunflower is an oilseed crop, which means when the seed is crushed it produces large quantities of oil.

 

What are sunflowers used for? sunflower products