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State growers set sweet potato, sunflower records

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia growers set two state plant records in 2012.The Department of Agriculture says a sweet potato grown by Ray Hendrix of Asbury tipped the scales at more than 14 pounds. That smashed the old record of nearly 11 pounds.Laird and Stacey Marshall of Jefferson County grew a record 13-foot-11-inch-tall sunflower. The old record was nearly 13 feet, 10 inches.
The department has kept records of the state's largest fruits, vegetables and other plants since 1996.  
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