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When I was a boy growing up in eastern Kansas the native sunflower and the state flower by the way, was considered somewhat as an annoying weed. We ranked it somewhere between the ragweed and curly dock. It wasn't that it wasn't pretty and easy to raise. The problem with any flower that is prolific and easily spread is that it does not lend itself to growing in peaceful competition with corn or soy beans. I spent more one morning with a sharp hoe chopping sunflowers out the fields so the row crops could get the nutrients and sunlight they needed. Truth be known, an acre of sunflowers might have been more profitable than an acre of beans! But that was then, in the early 1950's, and this is now.