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ISSUE DATE: 10/28/2013

Better sorghum seed = Better harvest results

By Kylene Scott

Fall harvest. The very words conjure up thoughts of cooler weather, massive combines, and fickle weather conditions. But in order to have that harvest, it has to start with a seed. For grain sorghum and forage sorghums, west Texas is a hotbed of seed production. Various companies and organizations are working to improve sorghum germplasm, and breeders will eventually turn the traits into productive hybrids.

Researchers like those at the Agricultural Research Service in Lubbock, Texas, provide germplasm material to both private and public breeders; however, it’s not before extensive testing that it leaves and is eventually used by breeders.

“They go through the ringer on testing everything,” Justin Weinheimer, crop improvement program director with the Sorghum Checkoff, said. “They don’t just show up and say, yeah, we’ll take your word for it. So there is many years of testing that they do in many locations across the U.S.”

Once the traits and germplasm make their way into a hybrid, they are put through extensive testing by breeders—in different environments, with different chemical regimes, etc.

“It’s just too early to tell on some of these things, but certainly the companies are valuing from literally going through their stuff with a shopping cart and seeing these things and how they work in their program,” Weinheimer said.


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