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Perry Emch, 39, who works on the Richard farm, looks Wednesday at a sunflower field he helped plant this year. Emch, who has farmed for 39 years, said it is the largest sunflower field he has helped to plant.

Sunflowers spring up in Belfield

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BELFIELD -- Barely an inch tall, all green sunflowers in Byron Richard's more than 1,200-acre field south of Belfield are just beginning to make their debut this season.

Since Richard began growing the native, drought-tolerant plant in 1991, he has seen benefits that he wouldn't get from growing corn or other crops.

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