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National Sorghum Producers and the Sorghum Checkoff are working diligently to provide information on sorghum to growers looking for plant options who have been impacted by adverse weather. As wet conditions persist for farmers across the U.S., producers calculating options as major crop plan…

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Grain sorghum is one crop option that can provide opportunity to growers in regions impacted by historically adverse weather during the 2019 planting season. As wet conditions persist for farmers across the U.S., producers calculating options as major crop plant deadlines loom need to keep t…

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National Sorghum Producers Chairman Dan Atkisson stood alongside President Donald Trump, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway and other farm and ranch representatives at an announcement ceremony May 23 concerning the A…

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Adam York has joined Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association as the director of programs. York has over half a decade of legislative experience working as legislative director to Congressman Steve Watkins and deputy chief of staff to Congresswoman Lynn …

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For many growers, 2019 has been a challenging year for planting and growing crops in a weed-free environment. Grain sorghum, in particular, is greatly dependent on a successful pre-emergence program. If pre-emergence herbicides were not applied or not effective due to weather conditions, gro…

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One directorship on the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board is open for appointment. The appointment will fill directorship to represent District 3. The term for the members currently filling these seats will expire July 1. The filing deadline is no later than 5 p.m. June 12. District 3 includes th…

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A team of Mexican end-users visited cooperatives, elevators and farmers in Texas and Kansas late last month as part of back-and-forth trade missions organized by the U.S. Grains Council to discuss opportunities for direct sales of U.S. sorghum into Mexico.

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The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board will hold its next meeting June 5 at the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln. This meeting is open to the public. 

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Much of the sorghum crop isn’t even in the ground yet, but it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming pest season.

Sugarcane aphids have been prevalent the last few years, first coming on the scene in 2013. It’s a relatively new pest to sorghum in the United States, and according to the Sorghum Checkoff, it is capable of causing substantial damage to the crop if left unmanaged. It is important for producers to be proactive and constantly scout for and monitor the pest because early detection is critical to minimize the aphid’s harmful effects.

The sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari, will only survive and multiply significantly in sorghum genotypes, including Johnsongrass, shattercane, sorghum-sudangrass, sudangrass, forage sorghum and grain sorghum. This type of aphid struggles to survive on other crops—corn, cotton, soybeans or wheat. It’s often distributed by the wind.

J.P. Michaud, entomology professor with Kansas State University, told producers in early February there’s been a lot of focus on aphids in sorghum. 

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Growers never like to complain about too much of a good thing, and rain and snow certainly fall under this category. However, snow and rain caused problems for growers throughout several regions of the United States in late 2018 and early 2019.

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A tiny invader’s gooey march through U.S. sorghum fields continues to devastate crop yields, forcing some farmers out of the sorghum business despite the crop’s increasing importance.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting nominations by May 3 to fill a vacancy on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board created by the resignation of an at-large member whose term expires in December 2020. As organizations in Nebraska certified to nominate producers to serve on …

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The Missouri Strip Trial Program continues to seek farmers for the upcoming growing season, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced the results of recent elections held for the state’s five grain commodity commissions — corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat in districts Seven, Eight and Nine in the eastern region of the state. Commissioners serve three-year ter…

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The cost of planting grain sorghum is much less expensive than other crops, primarily because of seed price.

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China recently bought U.S. sorghum for the first time since August, U.S Department of Agriculture data showed March 7, stoking fires for hopes of even more deals as China and the United States seek to resolve their trade war.

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Commodity Classic provides farmers and commodity organizations the opportunity to get together and work on policy to help their groups succeed. Each association holds meetings during the week and come together to discuss the current farm economy. This year’s Commodity Classic was held in Orl…

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Increasing input costs, low grain prices and questions on cropping rotations are key issues facing Kansas producers. To address these challenges in agriculture along with your questions, K-State Research and Extension, Phillips/Rooks and Post Rock Districts, will be hosting two spring crops …

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Growers often ask about the optimal row spacing for grain sorghum. As with many other agronomy-related questions, the answer is: It depends. It depends on yield potential and whether yield will be more limited by light or water.

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Three directorships on the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board are open for appointment. The appointments will fill directorships to represent District 2, District 3 and a Governor-appointed At-large seat. The term for the members currently filling these seats will expire July 1. The filing deadlin…

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Kansas State University’s department of agronomy and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission hosted a Sorghum School Feb. 5 in Garden City, Kansas, and topics ranged from crop production and fertility to insects and weed control.

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New funding to the U.S. Grains Council from the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program—part of a larger “trade aid” package offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the wake of new tariffs and global market uncertainty—will expand the organization's global footprint and dramatically in…

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The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board will hold its next meeting March 21 at the Ramada Midtown, 2503 S Locust St, Grand Island, Nebraska. This meeting is open to the public. 

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The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominees for positions on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board to fill four vacancies, including two producer positions for Kansas, one producer position for Oklahoma, and one producer position for Texas. The Secretary of Agriculture se…

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Kansas is the nation’s top sorghum producing state. And sorghum farmers in Kansas and across the Sorghum Belt are starting to get a leg up.

The farmer leaders of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, Kansas State University and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program worked together to form the Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program, or CSIP. It’s a platform for public and private collaboration tackling sorghum challenges and opportunities.

Housed at the Kansas State University Center for Sorghum Improvement, top-tier researchers will focus on enhancing sorghum for the domestic sorghum farmers and they’re aiming to bridge basic science with commercialization in the sorghum industry. Their main vision for CSIP will enhance sorghum yield, demand and value.

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The Canadian County OSU Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the annual spring crops conference, Feb. 26.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at the Canadian County Fair Grounds Education Building, 220 N. Country Club Rd, El Reno, Oklahoma.

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Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14 to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program, launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1. Since its launc…

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The vast majority of United States grain sorghum is either exported for international use as animal feed or used domestically for ethanol production. However, a growing use for sorghum in the U.S. lies within the consumer food industry.

Over the last five years, the amount of sorghum used for human consumption has increased by more than 250 percent. Sorghum demand is growing by consumer choice because the grain is non-GMO (non-genetically modified organisms), gluten-free and high in antioxidants. Sorghum is also an excellent source of fiber, a good source of protein and has favorable sustainability factors for an eco-friendly environment.

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The Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association together with the Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Extension will host the 2019 Sorghum Symposium January 24 in Grand Island. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at College Park, 3180 West US Hwy 34.

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An Oklahoma Sorghum Growers meeting will be held Jan. 11 in Enid at the Chisolm Trail Expo Center, Hoover Building. The meeting will cover a wide variety of topics, including the sorghum production in Oklahoma, the new farm bill and updates from new Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne A…

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Randall County will conduct the annual Pre-Plant Producer Update Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 30 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.

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The Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association together with the Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Extension announce the 2019 Sorghum Symposium to be held Jan. 24, 2019 at College Park, 3180 West US Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

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National Sorghum Producers is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 NSP Yield Contest. Farmers from 24 states entered to win this year’s contest. Producer yields are highlighted in five different categories. This year’s top yield and Bin Buster winner is Michael Ball of Idaho, with 219.1…

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According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending Nov. 25, sorghum conditions were as follows in the High Plains Journal coverage area:Kansas: Sorghum harvested was 83 percent, behind 93 last year and 95 average.Missouri: Sorghum harvested progressed to 93 per…

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Delegates from the U.S. agriculture industry were in Cuba recently for the Cuba-U.S. Agriculture Business Conference. The conference brought about much interest from the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cuban media.

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The growing popularity of pet ownership is a gravy train for the companion animal food industry. The Kansas Department of Agriculture aims to increase demand for the state’s pet food products domestically and around the world. KDA cooperates with Kansas sorghum groups and Kansas State University on pet food research, too.

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