Yolo grows sunflower seeds for the world
The sun sets behind a sunflower field in Yolo County. When sunflowers are budding, the buds move with the sun, an activity known as heliotropism. But once they bloom, the flowers face east all day long. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo
Hundreds of acres of sunflowers, bright golden faces beaming, are a sight to make one feel exhilarated on a summer day.
Last year in Yolo County, nearly 25,000 acres of sunflowers were planted. That could be a lot of bird seed. But 95 percent of the sunflower seeds grown in Yolo County are sent around the world to be planted for oil. They end up as far away as Russia, Ukraine and Argentina.
According to Glenn Cole, research scientist for Pioneer Hi-Bred International in Woodland, the United States grows sunflower for oil on only about 2 million acres, largely in the Dakotas ... Continue Reading