Dallas sunflowers attract sightseers spurring crop concerns

COLLIN COUNTY -- No doubt about it: A field of blazing yellow sunflowers is a sight to see.

COLLIN COUNTY -- No doubt about it: A field of blazing yellow sunflowers is a sight to see.

But the owners of a crop of sunflowers in Collin County are fielding some controversy.

Maybe you've seen the spectacular photo posted on WFAA's Facebook page. The owners of this sunflower field say people are now "trampling" their livelihood.

We went to check it out, and discovered another problem near that field of flowers between Allen and McKinney.

"What we're finding are trails through the field where we can tell that people have walked," said sunflower farmer Jennifer Foster.

"It's rude," added her son, Bryce.

Jennifer Foster owns 220 gorgeous acres of flowers the color of sunshine.

"Normally we farm wheat, milo corn... this year we decided, as part of our crop rotation, to do sunflowers," she explained.

People are flocking to the Fosters' field to get the perfect picture. But for Jennifer, that's a problem.

"In the process, it tramples the flowers... it damages the crops," she said. "This is our livelihood, so when people trample the crop or they cut the flowers and take them home, they're, in fact, taking part of our livelihood and costing us money."

The Fosters have posted "no trespassing" signs, and police put up tape, too.

Allen officers are even ticketing drivers who are clogging the road and a nearby fire lane.

But some observers are determined. "They're crossing over the police line tape that police have been so kind to help us," Foster said.

She's noticed another problem, too: People cutting away at her crop.

"A lady had picked a whole handful of sunflowers to take home with her," Foster said.

She doesn't really mind if you stop to snap a photo; she just asks you not to stomp through the field.

"What if somebody came to your house and stepped on some of your plants? How would you like it?" Bryce Foster asked.

And keep this in mind: a ticket for blocking a fire lane could cost you at least $150.

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