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ISSUE DATE: 08/15/2011

Sesame is drought tolerant but not drought proof

By Doug Rich

As Mark Graf walked the fields of his southwest Oklahoma farm this summer the only green crop in sight was sesame. This relatively new crop is grown in arid regions around the world, which makes it a good fit for the High Plains.

When Danny Peeper, SESACO Seed Company, travels across the area promoting sesame he emphasizes that it is a drought-tolerant crop with a really deep root system and it is very forgiving as far as when it gets rain. By the first week in July Graf's crop had been in the ground for over a month with no rain, but Peeper said it could still make a crop if it rained.

SESACO contracted 120,000 acres of sesame in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas this year with over half of those acres in Oklahoma. Globally, Asia produces 65 percent of the sesame with the three largest producers being India, China, and Myanmar.


NEWS

Additional counties eligible for drought term permits
Ag losses could set new record
Barn Fest will put limestone in the limelight
Brownback announces Ag Remediation Board appointments
Congressman Lucas ready to start farm bill process
Disaster declaration made in 74 counties
Farm Bureau applauds drought relief effort
Farm Bureau to host drought summit
Gov. Nixon requests federal damage assessments
Leopold Center begins search for new director
Meetings will cover biomass projects
More farmers market directly to consumers
Moving forward from here
Moving forward from here
Narrowbanding deadline nears for mobile radio operators
NEST Scholarship Contest announced
Obama signs Kansas disaster declaration
Producers encouraged to contact local FSA office
Symposium addresses ag risk
USDA funding available to meet urgent credit needs of producers
UW Extension offers seminars at Laramie County Fair

CROPS

AgriLife 'genetically fingerprinting' E. coli from watersheds
American Quality harvesters hurry up and wait
Biodiesel achieves 5-to-1 return of renewable energy
Buck Creek Watershed meeting is Aug. 25
Cercospora leaf spot in sugarbeets possible
Cooperative ag statistics program ending
CSU to host Ag Day Sept. 10
Estimating corn yield potential
Field day will feature smartphone technology
Graves-Chapple Research Center to host field day
Heat aiding soy-hungry bollworms
Hoffman Harvesting ready to cut spring wheat
Home harvest is history for Rolands
Industry leaders gather at Bioproducts Symposium
Kansas corn crop forecast down 15%
Kansas plans for food, agriculture emergencies
K-State offers agribusiness conference
K-State to Host Field Day in Garden City
Managing crops during dry times
Meadowlark Extension to host Demonstration Plot Tour
MU hosts Pest Management Field Day
NASS to focus on 2011 small grains production
Nigerian trade team visits Kansas, Nebraska
Noxious Weed Advisory Committee calls for nominations
NRCS announces more funding for conservation programs
Nutrient deficiencies concern growers
Plasticulture grant funds available
Researchers study pesticide pathways into the atmosphere
Sesame is drought tolerant but not drought proof
Soybean genetic treasure trove found
Sunflower Showcase to be held in Delphos
UNL Food Processing Center offers Extrusion Workshop
UNL professor named Jefferson Science Fellow
USB farmer-leaders focus on increasing soybean yields
USDA, EPA announce rural water partnership
Use speed scouting to gauge soybean aphid damage
Using seed from wheat streak mosaic-infected plants
Wheat trade team from Mexico visits Colorado
Winners named in 2011 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest

LIVESTOCK

Beef processor gets probation in calf cruelty case
Caring for sheep and goats in drought
Cattle ranchers fear less of a market for brands
Cattlemen hear good news about U.S. beef exports
Closely monitor medicated mineral intake
Extension to offer beef quality assurance training
Goat producers face challenges as breeding season nears
Junior Hereford Herdsman of the Year named
Kansas Hereford Association to host tour
KLA, K-State to host ranch management field day
K-State to host Swine Day Nov. 17
Livestock producers culling herds
NCBA accepting public policy intern applications
Quality assurance sessions offered for pork producers
Register now for beef seminars
SDSU Cow/Calf Unit plans relocation
Sheep flock to new flavors of feed
Small-scale poultry operations show promise
Survey gauges value of sire groups

EDITOR

Improved efficiency
Should we give Congress a mulligan?
USCA responds to Senate, House livestock hearings

COLUMNS

A commercial driver's license to operate a tractor?
Are U.S. growers losing their competitive edge because of regulatory hurdles?
Don't count on the rabbit's foot
Just a scoop full
Project Runway meets the sheep project

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales summary
Apache livestock market report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Brief rains provide little relief
Clovis livestock auction summary
Conditions vary across Colorado
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drought affects Texas crops
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids see sharp losses
Hay trade moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Montana wheat harvest begins
More seasonable weather
Most classes of hay selling steady
Nebraska wheat harvest nears completion
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pasture conditions continue to decline
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock feeder cattle report
Rain provides little relief for Kansas farmers
Rains improve conditions in isolated areas
Salina livestock sales report
Small grain harvest progressed moderately
Small grain harvest progresses across Wyoming
South Central direct sheep
Springfield livestock market report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm weather allows crops to progress
West Plains regional cattle sales
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Allow pastures time to recover
Cover crops and alfalfa field day set for Aug. 22
CRP policies modified because of drought
Dairy grazing focus of conference, farm tours
Drought drives feral hogs to forage farther
FSA announces CRP haying and grazing options
Planning for fall forage seeding
Rangeland Monitoring Workshops planned
Seedbed preparation, management crucial during development
USDA extends emergency grazing of CRP acres
Vigilance needed against musk thistle, spotted knapweed

FAMILY

4-H Hall of Fame honors 21 volunteer leaders
Buy local During Colorado Proud Month
Extreme heat can take a toll on plants
Flavorful, festive and fun
Former 4-H Foundation manager remembered
Garden tips for August
Ground turkey recall a reminder for consumers
Helpful household tips
Kloster ideal for wooded, beachfront property
Large wasps creating a buzz
Manage turfgrass problems
Master Gardener class begins in September
Meditation for 8-15-11
Nebraska 4-H Foundation plans alumni reception at state fair
Oklahoma Food Safety Task Force meets
Plums + apricots = pluots
Potato trials and research provide grower information
The Wall
Tour will cover high tunnel, hydroponic research
Watch out for the Loose Caboose

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