LET NORTH DAKOTA SUNFLOWERS BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
Yellow spread out as far as the eye can see. This isn’t a brick road, but North Dakota sunflowers following the sun as it heralds another glorious summer day. Think about it, the sunflower seeds you’ve been snacking on while driving may have come from the field you’re now admiring.
North Dakota is second in the nation having produced 38% of America’s sunflowers in 2019. That’s 741 million pounds. That’s a lot of sunflower seeds and sunflower oil. North Dakota, in fact, is the nation’s No. 1 producer of confections, or the sunflowers seeds we eat.
Sunflowers help make August a colorful time in North Dakota. They appear as millions of individual suns spread out across the prairie. Keep an eye out for other crops as flax turns a blueish purple giving fields a lake effect and canola turns yellow, like sunflowers, but shorter than their cousins that reach for the sky.
Sunflowers are the most popular crop among travelers and they aren’t hard to find, growing in large swatches alongside the state’s highways and byways. Their large yellow heads face the sunrise, creating a yellow mosaic against a vibrant blue sky.
Like all crops, sunflowers have a peak growing season that varies across the state. Visitors plan trips around the peak for photo opportunities and even marriage proposals.
North Dakota Tourism updates a report weekly (www.ndtourism.com/best-places/let-amazing-sunflower-put-smile-your-face) detailing the progress of fields across the state.
Don’t let August get away without one last road trip. Make the amazing sunflower one of your must-see attractions.