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Sorghum field day at Lawrence will feature demonstration plot, water use research


Sorghum farmers are invited to attend the 2009 Sorghum Field Day to be held Sept. 9 at the John Dolnicek farm at Lawrence, Neb. The event starts at 5 p.m., with a tour of the Hybrid Demonstration Plot located one mile east, one mile north and one-fourth mile east of Lawrence. The plot is sponsored annually by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association, UNL Cooperative Extension, the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, participating seed companies, and agribusiness. This year's sponsorship also includes the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

"We'll have representatives from the commercial seed companies on hand to discuss their plot entries," said Kenneth Herz, NeGSPA director and plot coordinator. "Farmers will be able to see and evaluate field performance for themselves." Herz added that the plot also includes a Brown Midrib Sorghum Hybrid developed by Dr. Jeff Pedersen with the USDA Agricultural Research Service at Lincoln and field tested in conjunction with UNL at the Ag Research and Development Center. The hybrid will be evaluated for commercialization by Husker Genetics.

"Sorghum is often grown in areas where water is limited due to its ability to be more water efficient," says Jenny Rees, UNL Extension educator. "This project, funded by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, is a side by side comparison study to quantify and demonstrate water uptake by three different crops--corn, soybeans and grain sorghum. The data gleaned from the project will help us understand crop water use under normal rainfall conditions and examine when stress occurs in the absence of water."

A dinner, featuring sorghum cookies for dessert, will be served at 7 p.m. The evening program will include an address by Virgil Smail, MS, Ph.D., executive director of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, to share the background, vision and projects of the national sorghum checkoff.

"The checkoff officially began in July 2008," stated Herz. "Producers will have the opportunity to hear firsthand what the checkoff program has accomplished and their plans for the future to improve the profitability of sorghum producers."

Directions: From Lawrence on Hwy 4: one mile east to Road 2700, one mile north, then one-fourth mile east. The plot is clearly marked with a 4- by 8-foot NeGSPA sign.

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