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ISSUE DATE: 03/26/2012

Search for drought, cold tolerance goes global

By Larry Dreiling

Sorghum is a crop well suited for conditions often considered unfavorable for other crops. While it is known for being hardy under relatively dry environments, sorghum still needs moisture to survive.

Improving sorghum yields under these conditions requires the development of new germplasm that can withstand these tough situations.

That's the job of Ramasamy (Ram) Perumal, Ph.D., sorghum breeder for Kansas State University Research and Extension. Perumal, based at the K-State Agricultural Research Center-Hays, is scouring gene banks around the world to find parental lines to offer commercial breeders seeking drought- and cold-tolerant traits to add to their hybrid lines.

"Day by day, because of global warming, water scarcity keeps going up," Perumal said. "In Kansas, most of the growers want to go with drought-loving crops. They use minimum-till and no-till. They want to spend minimum amounts for inputs. From that, they want a good level of output. In this situation, sorghum is their best option."


NEWS

AFBF supports farm truck measures in transportation bill
Century farms site seeks submissions
Extension helps find tasty alternatives for gluten-free diets
Extension to offer extrusion workshop
Farmers, ranchers contribute to hunger program
Fear of spiders is universal
FSA offers new options for beginning farmers, ranchers
Funding available to plant shelterbelts/windbreaks
Going nuclear
Kan. farmer urges Congress to embrace robust crop insurance plan
Kids build robots with LEGO parts
Lawmakers sign letter calling for RFS increase
Like the Lorax, Nebraska Forest Service speaks for the trees
NAYI applications available
OFB recognizes legislative leadership
Raw milk poses risk
Rural Development assists Kan. agribusinesses
Search for drought, cold tolerance goes global
Senate Ag Committee holds hearings on farm bill safety net
Senators call for extension of wind energy tax credit
USDA affirms safety of lean finely textured beef product
USDA Rural Development hosts Turkish delegation

CROPS

8 UNL faculty, staff honored with Holling Awards
Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative launches Affiliates Program
Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative due March 30
Applications for NRCS Organic Initiative due March 30
April 15 is deadline for Kansas Wheat Yield Contest
Court backs need for science in federal water rules
Cover crop field day set for March 27 near Malcom
Crop prices attractive but input costs up
Elk City to host Southwest Farm & Home Expo
Ethanol industry good for corn, livestock producers
Extension entomologist receives IPM Award for Excellence
Fighting crop pests with tape
GEAPS, K-State announce grain operations management credentials program
Lawmakers, farmers share the bounty at special breakfast
MAESTRO has producers singing a happy tune
NGFA president to retire
Oklahoma conservation highlighted at White House water quality summit
Organizations stand strong for Conservation Title
Salina site of Women in Ag Conference
Soy checkoff farmer-directors reshape USB for the future
Survey: Agland values jump 31 percent in 2011
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion deemed hottest pepper on the planet
Vigorous wheat stripe fungus accelerates
Watley Seed Company settles PVP infringement case

LIVESTOCK

Animal health protocols key
BQA program seeks nominations for Trainer of the Year
Cast your vote for the 2012 Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame
Crossroads Center scheduling riders for spring
Determine when to give colostrum
Expo features the latest pork industry developments
Fewer cattle mean higher beef prices
Hereford Dams of Distinction numbers jump
Iowa Swine Day returns at Iowa State
Kansas represented at livestock show in Russia
KLA member makes sizable donation possible
K-State makes veterinary medicine appointments
Managing lameness in dairy heifers
Minimizing losses from calving difficulty in heifers
NCBA pushes for beef checkoff reform
NCBA supports legislation to end 'man-made drought' in Calif.
NCBA, PLC recommend changes to Endangered Species Act
NFU Convention features 'Taste of Nebraska' event
NMSU to host youth ranch management camp
Quality beef draws diners to restaurant
Research discovers solution to control PRRS virus
Responding to demand for beef
RWDCA announces summer intern
Student Taste of Elegance contest features pork entrees
Without a history, premiums paid don't mean profit made

EDITOR

Moving toward a bio-based economy
Priorities
Spring into discussion

COLUMNS

A plan of attack
Fractured and failing infrastructure
Just a scoop full
New crop system extends weed control
New insecticide approved by EPA
New soybean products offered for 2013 growing season
Smartphone app helps farmers market grain
The world is bright outside the cave
Voters question Santorum's ties to HSUS and 'consistent conservative' label

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction summary
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains start week lower
Hay trade mixed
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Keoco feeder cattle auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most of state receives some rainfall
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales reporrt
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
South Central direct sheep report
Springfield livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm temperatures encouraged growth
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Windy, unseasonably warm weather in Kansas
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Cover crops a good step toward soil and livestock health
Feed high-quality hay after calving
Improve beef, wildlife production with rotational grazing
Planting alfalfa in the spring
Prescribed burns scheduled this spring
Rains green things up, but hay, grazing still in short supply
Test purchased hay for nitrates
Tornadoes spread insulation, plastic in livestock pastures

FAMILY

4-H Carnival is March 31
Bring the family together this Easter with easy, memorable recipes
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Caring for marigolds
Extension to host home and garden workshop
Freezing weather a threat for peaches and other early crops
Game and Parks hires new director
Growing trees and flowers successfully
Keeping lawns 'weed free'
Kelton FFA celebrates National FFA Week
Learn the basics of pruning
Legislature celebrates Kansas Ag Week with food drive competition
Make a seed tape
Mild winter weather leads to flea, tick problems
National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic draws 22,136
New 'Money Tip$' blog offers research-based information
Pancakes to flip over
Pheasants Forever names new regional representative
Prepare an evacuation 'Grab and Go' box
Reusing potting soil
Rooks' contemporary look has many features
Rose researcher evaluates sustainability
Starting garden plants indoors saves cash
'Stay Strong, Stay Healthy' program offered
Take a slow and steady approach to lose weight
Teens invited to attend job preparation workshop
Top 10 of Iowa's Best Burger contest named
Volunteer training offered

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