Sorghum Field Days planned
Sorghum farmers are invited to attend the 2012 Sorghum Field Days to be held at Blue Hill and Trenton, Neb. This is the first year for two demonstration plots featuring leading sorghum hybrids. The field day at Blue Hill will be held Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. with a tour of the Hybrid Demonstration Plot followed by a meal at the Blue Hill Community Center. Directions due to road construction: From Highway 281--2 miles south of Blue Hill, 1 mile east, 1 mile south to Highway 4 and 1.5 miles east. From Lawrence--7.5 miles west on Highway 4.
New this year is the field day at Trenton to be held Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m., with the field tour followed by lunch at the Trenton Community Hall. Directions: From Trenton--3.5 miles north on Highway 25, west side of the road.
The plots are sponsored annually by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association, UNL Cooperative Extension, the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, participating seed companies, and ag businesses.
"We'll have representatives from the commercial seed companies on hand to discuss their plot entries," said Don Bloss of Pawnee City, NeGSPA president. "Farmers will be able to see and evaluate field performance. This year's extreme drought has certainly demonstrated the resilience and resourcefulness of the crop," says Bloss.
The program will also feature Scott Staggenborg, Ph.D., director of Technical Services for Chromatin, Inc's Biomass Research Division. Gerald Simonsen, past president of the National Sorghum Producers, has been invited to provide an update on the farm bill and policy issues that impact sorghum.
"Chromatin is committed to improving sorghum for the benefit of sorghum producers and bioenergy processors," says Staggenborg. "We believe in the long-term stability of the crop and are focused on maximizing it's, as yet, un-tapped potential in terms of yield, tolerance to stress and grain quality for food, feed and fuel."