US (TX): Sunflower season shortened due to historic heat wave

As triple-digit temps take over Central Texas, the heat is taking a toll on people, pets, and some plants. Sun-loving sunflowers are flourishing, though the heat does mean the season will be shorter than usual.

CBS Austin's Chikage Windler went to Sweet Eats Fruit Farm to see how the flowers are able to survive and even thrive. Farmers know how fickle Mother Nature can be, and from May's rain to June's steamy heat, these crops have been through just about everything. "Can you find the sunflower?" asks Chad Sullivan. "There it is!" says his daughter River. "There it is!" Sullivan exclaims.

2-year-old River and her family braved the heat to visit Sweet Eats Fruit Farm in Georgetown. "Oh, just the size of it, the scope, everything, it's just a massive, massive farm," says Chad Sullivan, River's father.

Over a hundred thousand sunflowers are blooming in two fields totaling 6 acres of picture-perfect plants. "We are looking at right now, a bunch of our giants, these are multi-stem giants. This field is kind of a maze where we have 8 different photo stops," says Brian Monaco of Sweet Eats Fruit Farm.


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