Sorghum farmers are invited to attend the 2011 Sorghum Field Day to be held Sept. 7 at Lawrence, Neb. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a tour of the Hybrid Demonstration Plot located 1 mile west of Lawrence on Highway 4, then 1 1/2 miles south on Road 2500, on the west side of the road. The plot is sponsored annually by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association, UNL Cooperative Extension, the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, participating seed companies, and agribusinesses. This year's sponsorship also includes the Sorghum Checkoff.
"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. This year the sorghum is really demonstrating its drought tolerance and water use efficiency," says Herz.
A dinner, featuring sorghum cookies for dessert, will be served at 7 p.m. The evening program will also feature a representative from CPI Marketing who will give a presentation on the Sorghum Market Outlook. Bill Greving, Prairie View, Kan., past chairman of the board of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, has been invited to provide an update on the national sorghum checkoff.
"Producers successfully passed the referendum on the sorghum checkoff last February," stated Herz. "We're looking forward to learn what new opportunities lay ahead for sorghum producers in the areas of crop improvement, renewables and high-value markets."
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