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Texas sunflower harvest begins; seeds hauled to North Dakota

A young producer discusses the 2020 production year and a contract with CHS that leads to David Seeds.

Northwest of Lubbock, Texas, near Spade -- population 75 -- nine area producers contract with CHS to produce confectionary sunflower seeds. Once harvested, CHS will haul the seeds over 1,000 miles to North Dakota to David Seeds.

Grower Troy McGann discusses the production year, including the drought and their strategy to stagger and stretch their limited water; a one-of-a-kind header used to harvest the seeds; and how a January blessing overshadows a year marked by a pandemic and its fallout.

Watch as McGann, along with his grandfather Gordon Graves and his uncle and combine operator, Clay Graves, harvest Mark Matthew's sunflower crop. Driving a truck for Matthews is Casey Nickelson. Enjoy the harvest!

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