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Sunflowers take center stage in Autaugaville

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AUTAUGAVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

If a yellow light encourages drivers to slow down, the yellow flower must do the same thing.

“I’ve been farming sunflowers about three years,” said Autaugaville farmer Todd Sheridan. “Everybody calls them the happy flowers.”

Todd got the idea about three years ago when his friend said he wanted some sunflowers on his hunting property. Year two he decided to expand, more than 30 acres turned into fields of gold.

“We have people just drive by with their mouths and eyes wide open. We haven’t had and accident yet, but it has been close with people looking at the flowers while driving down the road.”

You definitely have to enjoy them while they last. Once you plant them it takes a little over 60 days to get to the flowering stage. Once they’re in full bloom they only last seven to 10 days.

“This particular flower is bred for cooking oil. So they crush them and get the oil out of it. This year we’re going to use it for bird seed.”

By the time we made it out to Sunflower Field at the intersection of Highway 14 and County Road 33, the bloom was almost over. So this story may be your best chance at checking out the flowers this year. It may seem like a lot of work gone so quickly, but the Sheridan’s love the traffic. They welcome everyone to come on out and take a look.

“We plant soy beans here and people drive right by. But you plant these things out here, that's what's most enjoyable to me the excitement."

Sheridan plans to plant again next May and he’ll let folks know on their Facebook page when the best time is to come out, get some pictures, and enjoy the view.

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