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Kansas is called the Sunflower State because of the many wild or native sunflowers that grow here.  Sunflower is an excellent summer crop for the Great Plains because they have an extensive root system and this aids them during dry conditions. Commercial sunflower production has been increasing the past few years. Currently, there are about 250,000 sunflower acres in the state and more farmers are interested in learning how to produce them.   Sunflowers require some different production practices compared to wheat, grain sorghum, and soybeans. This site was developed so that we can identify important sunflower growth stages and production tips and practices throughout the season. We will be watching a field on the K-State Agronomy Farm from planting all the way through harvest this coming fall. We hope you enjoy it.