Ben Phillips of rural Akron has an unusual FFA project this year.
It’s a 3.5 acre sunflower patch, which is open to the public.

One of the purposes of the sunflower patch is to learn more about growing sunflowers. The other is to pad his college fund.

The response to his sunflower patch has been great so far.

But his patch won’t be open for long, as the sunflowers are near the end of their growing cycle.

After that, comes the harvest.

Ben says it wasn’t difficult to convince his father to let him plant 3.5 acres of sunflowers.

Ben Phillips’ Sunflower Patch is open through this weekend. You can find it 3 miles east of Akron along Iowa Highway 3.