This year, more than 65,000 acres of sesame were harvested in Oklahoma, reports Tulsa World. Last year, 12.7 million pounds of sesame were produced in Oklahoma and Texas, the only two U.S. states to grow the crop. Sesame has a deep root system and does well in hot, dry weather. It can be planted and harvested with the same equipment used for wheat, which can make it a viable alternative for growers. Industry experts say the amount of sesame grown in Oklahoma has been growing significantly over the past five years, with wheat prices low and ongoing drought presenting a challenge.
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