Kansas

Three Kansas sorghum growers won national honors in the 2000 National Grain Sorghum Yield and Management Contest. The contest is sponsored by National Grain Sorghum Producers.

Wilson County grower Jerry Guenther placed first among national entries in the Mulch-Till Non-Irrigated Division. Guenther planted Pioneer 8500 and had a yield of 155.87 bushels per acre, compared to a county average of 76.8 bushels. Gary Resco of Cloud County placed second in the Conventional Till Non-irrigated Division. Resco planted Pioneer 84G62 and had a yield of 171.42 bushels per acre, compared to the county average of 76.3 bushels. Republic County grower Elmer Holmes received second place in the Ridge-Till Irrigated Division. Holmes planted NC+ 8R18 with a yield of 169.68 bushels per acre, compared to a county average of 89 bushels.

Its great to have three national winners, according to Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association President Greg Shelor, Minneola. Kansas is the leader in sorghum production and we are proud to have these three growers recognized on the national level.

State winners and categories follow.

Conventional Till Irrigated: 3M Farms, Seward County, placed first planting NC+ 8R18 with a yield of 142.46 bushels, compared to a county average of 90 bushels; Terry and Steve Gaunt, Barton County, placed second with Pioneer 84G62 with a yield of 140.26 compared to a county average of 96.7 bushels; Cordell Farms, Sedgwick County, placed third, planting Pioneer 84G62 with a yield of 110.36, compared to a county average of 99.3 bushels.

Conventional-Till Non-Irrigated: Gary Resco, Cloud County placed first in the state and second in the nation planting Pioneer 84G62 with a yield of 171.42 compared to a county average of 76.3; second, Jerry Guenther, Wilson County planting Pioneer 84G62 with a yield of 161.65 compared to a county average of 76.8; and third Baugher Farms, Labette County planting Pioneer 84G62 with a yield of 149.13 compared to a county average of 69.6 bushels per acre.

Mulch Till Non-Irrigated: Jerry Guenther, Wilson County, received first place on the state and national levels planting Pioneer 8500 with a yield of 155.87 compared to a county average of 76.8; second, Larry Ronnebaum, Nemaha County, planting Novartis K73J6 with a yield of 140.13 compared to a county average 86.6 bushels; third, File Farms, Jewell County, with Novartis K73J6 with a yield of 125.99 compared to a county average of 78.3.

No-Till Non-Irrigated: first, Hubbell Brothers, Hodgeman County, planting Dekalb DK44 with a yield of 100.9 compared to a county average of 64.2; second, Richard LeClair, Clay County planting Pioneer 84G62 with a yield of 108.82 compared to a county average of 80.3; third, Giessel Brothers, Pawnee County, planting Pioneer 84G62 with a yield of 101.35 compared to a county average of 82.2.

Ridge Till Irrigated: Elmer Holmes, Republic County, placed first in the state and second in the nation planting NC+ 8R18 with a yield of 169.68 compared to a county average of 89 bushels; second, Donald Wallin, Republic County, planting Dekalb DK66 with a yield of 139.14 compared to the county average of 89 bushels.

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