One of grain sorghum’s strengths is that it typically takes less capital to grow compared to other summer crops. However, with input costs of all commodities expected to go up this coming year, growers should be looking to cut expenses wherever possible.
As the weather gets cooler, it’s wonderful to add comfort food recipes to your menu that will keep you warm all season. From September to November, autumn harvest brings a variety of healthful and delicious produce, from beets and sweet potatoes to apples and pears, which are great additions to your meal plans. Meal planning is an important piece of your nutrition strategy all year round. You’ve heard the saying, “if you fail to plan, plan to fail.” Read more
Joining loved ones at the family table is an important moment for many, both as a filling way to enjoy a meal and an emotionally satisfying way to catch up on all the day’s events. Make those moments count by combining nutritious ingredients and creating recipes that can quickly become favorites. Read more
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have partnered with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program to offer conservation cost-share opportunities for sorghum producers in western Kansas. Read more
CEO of National Sorghum Producers and United Sorghum Checkoff Program Tim Lust says the investment producers are making to expand the crop’s usage is paying off. Tim Lust said producers’ willingness to see value added as their long-term future has provided opportunities once unheard of for sorghum. Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s Board of Directors. All four appointees will serve three-year terms starting December 2021 and ending December 2024. Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report Sept. 10, increasing estimated planted grain sorghum acres to 7.3 million, up 12% from the August report and 24% over the previous year. Read more
Alta Seeds, Amarillo, Texas, the premium seed brand of Advanta US and a leading provider of premium genetics and technology specific to sorghum, announces the first-ever herbicide-tolerant technology available in forage sorghum. Alta Seeds will feature igrowth technology for pre- or post-emergence weed control applications with IMIFLEX Herbicide in its newest forage sorghum hybrid, ADV F8484IG, a hybrid that is a member of EMPYR Premier Forages, a complete line of forage sorghum, sudangr… Read more
The use of harvest-aid products is a common sorghum management practice in the South and Mid-Atlantic states, though the practice is used sparingly in the High Plains. The High Plains usually can rely on a hard freeze to kill the plant and facilitate harvest. Read more
Dogs have always been man’s best friend, but it seems canines have only become more significant members of the family unit each day, and just as consumers have become more and more interested in where their food comes from, they are also more invested than ever in their pet’s diets. Recent shifts in pet food ingredients have opened up new markets for sorghum growers, which has put them in a position to cash in on the canine industry. Read more
On July 22, the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission's Board of Directors elected Kevin Kniebel, White City, as Chairman of the Board. Kniebel assumes the leadership post from Stephen Bigge, Stockton, who has chaired the Commission since 2015. Bigge will finish out his term as Vice Chairman. Nathan Larson, Riley, was reelected Secretary and Treasurer. Read more
National Sorghum Producers is accepting entries for the 2021 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. Yield contestants are split into east and west regions for each division. Contest divisions include irrigated, dryland no-till, dryland tillage and one winner for food grade. Read more
One of the most disheartening events that can happen to a grower is to have a great looking crop destroyed by a hailstorm in just a few minutes. Yield loss resulting from hail will be dependent on the growth stage of the sorghum and the intensity of the storm.
Small stones may cause only minor damage, with a few shredded or damaged leaves, while larger stones can bruise or even break stalks and sorghum panicles. To make matters worse, even within an isolated field, damage is seldom uniform requiring an assessment of the damage in numerous locations within the field. Read more
Four Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences plant breeding program development projects have been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA. These programs are aimed at enhancing sorghum, corn, peanut and wheat cultivars for farmer use. Read more
Similar to people, the sorghum plant is greatly influenced during its early development on what it is going to be later in life. How it is treated and what it experiences in its first 30 days will impact its health and potential yield afterward.
To establish a solid foundation for high yield the first objective is to obtain a healthy, uniform stand at the correct plant population for a given environment. Good moisture conditions and adequate nutrition close the germinating seed is critical. Since roots have not yet expanded a starter fertilizer will often help in establishment. Read more
The National Sorghum Producers, Lubbock, Texas, will begin accepting entries for the 2021 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. Yield contestants are split into east and west regions for each division. Read more
Building upon an existing conservation and working lands partnership, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is pleased to announce the United Sorghum Checkoff Program as the organization’s newest national sponsor. Promoting farm-level sustainability and profitability for sorghum growers in the Great Plains, the organizations are committed to showcasing the nexus between upland bird habitats and sorghum production. Read more
U.S. Department of Agriculture data issued April 15 show U.S. sorghum exports the previous week were a record breaking 33.9 million bushels, topping the previous record by more than 10 million bushels, which took place in August 2020. The top destination was China. Read more
Farming is full of processes. A process for planting. Another for harvest. A custom harvester does what works for him and is best for his customers. Read more
Texas row crop producers might have the luxury of choosing between sorghum, corn and cotton as all three commodities are seeing high prices with the 2021 planting season underway, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more
The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association announced plans for sorghum hybrid test plots across the state in 2021. NeSPA will once again sponsor a sorghum hybrid plot near Trenton, Nebraska. The plot will be administered and hosted by NGSB Chairman Mike Baker. Read more
Longtime growers of grain sorghum realize it is imperative to get pre-emergence herbicide right. Because post-emergence herbicide options are limited, it is better to be certain fields start out clean and conditions are as good as they can be for successful pre-emergence weed control. Read more
For years, Kansas has outpaced all other states as the top producer of grain sorghum, and growers have a resource to help keep it that way. Read more
Commodity Classic, the largest farmer led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience, looked a little different as it was held in a virtual platform due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The event celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and the digital format allowed the directors to offer over 50 educational sessions to attendees—more than any other year at Commodity Classic. Read more
The primary limiting factor in crop production across the United States and the world is water availability. Sorghum is well known for its tolerance to drought; however, one of the consequences of growing sorghum in a drought-prone region is stalk lodging due to water stresses during grain fill toward the end of the season. Read more
The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association held its annual meeting virtually Jan. 29. Board President Kent Winter gave an update along with KGSPA Executive Director Jesse McCurry, KGSPA Program Director Adam York and United Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust and Executive Vice President John Duff. Read more
Sarah Lancaster, Kansas State University Research and Extension weed specialist, told producers at the virtual Cover Your Acres Winter Conference that there’s more to weed control in grain sorghum than just throwing herbicides out in the field and expecting a miracle. Read more
Waxy sorghum looks like every other grain sorghum out in the field. It can be red, bronze, yellow, tan or even white. But what makes it different is what’s on the inside of the grain.
According to the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, what makes this type of grain sorghum different is the makeup of the starch in the grain. Starch in the endosperm of traditional grain sorghum is made up of two polymers—amylopectin and amylose. In traditional grain sorghum the ratio of the two is approximately 75% amylopectin and 25% amylose: however, waxy sorghum is made up almost entirely of amylopectin.
Florentino Lopez, former executive director of USCP and now a consultant for international market development, said the organization remains focused on educating end-users of the many attributes available from sorghum. Read more
Some compare sorghum and corn as apples to apples when it comes to water use in the southern Plains; however, at the recent Red River Crops Conference, Jason Warren, Oklahoma State University plant and soil sciences professor and water conservation management Extension specialist, explained how sorghum could be manipulated for more efficient irrigated water use by selecting the right planting date. Read more
As producers begin planning for their new cropping season, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released the 2021 District 1 Texas Crop and Livestock Budgets and an updated 2021 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer budgeting tool. Read more
Large perennial grasses like miscanthus are a primary target for use as bioenergy crops because of their sustainability advantages, but they take several years to establish and aren’t ideal for crop rotation. Maize and other annual crops are easier to manage with traditional farming, but they are tougher on the environment. Read more