- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The National Sunflower Association says South Dakota is the top sunflower-producing state for the third straight year.

The state’s 1.23 billion pounds of production is the highest since 1999. Planted area in South Dakota increased 27 percent, and yield increased 179 pounds to a record high 1,858 pounds per acre.

North Dakota’s production increased 26 percent, mostly due to an increase in yield that is the third highest on record. Record high yields were also achieved in Kansas and Nebraska.

Nationwide, the USDA report on 2015 sunflower crop production shows record high yields in both oil-type and confection sunflower.

National Sunflower Association executive director John Sandbakken says that’s great news for sunflower producers.

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