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A goal of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s board of directors is to increase the value of grain sorghum by providing end users with desired quality attributes. One attribute that has shown promise is waxy sorghum. So what is waxy sorghum?

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“It's not just Mom and hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. You're conveying the fact that you're here in the backyard of the U.S. sorghum producers.”

Doug Bice, Sorghum Checkoff market development director, said sorghum is quickly becoming a go-to “super grain” being included in a number of food products available in grocery stores for consumers. The ancient grain is also American grown.

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Jocelyn Holt, a doctorate candidate in the Department of Entomology of Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, understands it is easier to win a battle when you know what weapons your enemies have in their arsenal.

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National Sorghum Producers  shared a high-altitude view of a top policy priority with newly released aerial photos of a farm plot in Kansas emblazoned with #SupportEthanol spelled out in giant letters of sorghum. Rocky Ormiston, a farmer from Kismet, planted the message using the latest in p…

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According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Oct. 25, the following sorghum conditions were reported:

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Pre-harvest sprouting of grain occurs in all crops but can be more of an issue in sorghum because of the exposed nature of the grain. Sprouting becomes an issue when sorghum grain has reached maturity and is exposed to long periods of wet, warm weather.

How quickly sprouting can occur is dependent on several factors including rainfall, humidity, temperature and wind.

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The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 can be used by farmers and ranchers to help them through a difficult year, according to the Oct. 8 webinar conducted by Kansas State University’s agricultural economics program.

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According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Sept. 20, the following sorghum conditions were reported:

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Grain growers in western Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state’s five grain commodity commissions—corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers—should be gathering petition signatures now to meet the Nov. 30, 2020, filing deadline.

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Many sorghum farmers have a lot in common. Some 70% grow wheat in their rotations. And for Scott Staggenborg, that means they probably also have livestock.

“That also means that there are a lot of your operations that have four-legged things running around and they have to eat every day,” he said.

Staggenborg, director of product marketing for S&W Seed Company, spoke about the versatility of forage and grain sorghums during the Sorghum U/Wheat U event held virtually Aug. 11 and 12. The event was sponsored by High Plains Journal.

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Sorghum and wheat producers share commonalities in growing market share in crops that are starting to find their way into the limelight. Charlie Haas, Larned, Kansas; Eric Purvis, Weskan, Kansas; and Kent Martin, Carmen, Oklahoma, served on a growers’ panel at the Sorghum U/Wheat U event sponsored by High Plains Journal.

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Sorghum, like any other crop, has garnered a certain reputation among growers, both good and bad. Josh Lofton, assistant professor and cropping systems specialist at Oklahoma State University, spoke at High Plains Journal’s Sorghum U/Wheat U virtual event and challenged producers to stop put…

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How to properly manage soil fertility and farmland to its utmost potential with proper nutrients is a constant conundrum. Nick Ward, president of Ward Laboratories, Inc. in Kearney, Nebraska, discussed this and the importance of soil testing at High Plains Journal’s Sorghum U/Wheat U virtual…

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Harvesting quality grain sorghum begins with timely harvest. Ideally, grain sorghum should be harvested when the moisture content is between 17% and 20%.

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Kansas sorghum farmers have plenty of opportunities ahead of them, according to Jesse McCurry, executive director for both the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. McCurry spoke in a recorded presentation during High Plains Journal’s virtual Sor…

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McPherson County, Kansas, farmer Adam Baldwin has found it’s essential to go out on a limb—especially when it comes to his sorghum crop. In recent years, Baldwin has begun to be a little more aggressive with his selling.

“We've been growing milo forever here,” he said.

His operation is split equally between wheat, corn, sorghum and soybeans. In his area, planting choices have shifted and sorghum acres declined as farmers went to soybeans and dryland corn as the crop genetics improved. In McPherson County, Interstate 135 is generally the dividing line for what crops get planted.

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Grain sorghum in the United States has a wide range of planting dates depending on the region of the country and specific cropping system. By mid-to-late July, grain sorghum has been harvested in the South, but sorghum is in the critical phases of flowering and filling grain in the High Plai…

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For the week ending July 19, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following sorghum crop conditions:

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Size matters when it comes to many postemergence herbicides and effective weed control in double-cropping systems, Oklahoma State University experts said.

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High Plains Joural's Sorghum/Wheat U online virtual learning opportunity continues today. Visit hpj.com/suwu to register for the Aug. 12 webinars, and view the program line-up here. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the website for registered attendees to view at their convenience.

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For the week ending June 21, the following sorghum crop conditions were reported by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service:

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High Plains Journal and Alta Seeds are breaking new ground with the upcoming Sorghum Frontiers Virtual Field Day, at 1 p.m. July 8. This first ever live virtual field day will provide growers a first glimpse at igrowth, the first commercially available herbicide-tolerant grain sorghum from A…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on May 14 its final rule on plant biotechnology regulations that will revise decades old regulations regarding the development of certain genetically engineered organisms. National Sorghum Producers CEO Tim Lust released the following statement in…

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Sorghum is a reliable dryland crop under many environments, but it also can respond well to irrigation. This versatility allows sorghum to fit into many cropping systems where the availability of irrigation water may be limited.

The amount of water necessary to maximize the yield of any crop depends on the specific environment where it is grown. For example, it takes a lot more water to successfully grow sorghum in Arizona than in south central Kansas or North Carolina. Daily and seasonal water demand is dependent on climate factors such as daily maximum temperature, humidity, wind speed and solar radiation.

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Building off of its successful first year, High Plains Journal is once again combining its popular Sorghum U and Wheat U into one event in 2020. Sorghum U/Wheat U will feature practical learning opportunities for both crops Aug. 11, at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane, Kansas.

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For the week ending May 10, the following sorghum crop conditions were reported by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service:

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A new pest risk assessment has been approved by both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, opening the door for U.S. sorghum to flow into the country for high-value uses including pet food and liquor as well as a feed product for the …

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The National Sorghum Producers is accepting applications for three positions on the 2021 board of directors. The NSP board leads efforts toward legislative and regulatory change to help create a more profitable, diverse and competitive sorghum industry. Qualified candidates must be a current…

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National Sorghum Producers will begin accepting entries for the 2020 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. Yield contestants are split into east and west regions for each division. Contest divisions include irrigated, dryland no-till and dryland tillage, and one winner is selected for th…

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Bringing herbicide tolerance to sorghum is something growers have been looking for over the past two decades.

Justin Weinheimer, crop improvement director for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and the National Sorghum Producers, said since the early 2000s, universities and sorghum seed companies have been trying to bring products to the market.

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The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association announced plans for sorghum hybrid and test plots across the state in 2020. NeSPA will once again sponsor a sorghum hybrid plot near Trenton, Nebraska. The plot will be administered and hosted by NGSB Chairman, M…

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According to National Sorghum Producers, export sales were extremely strong the week ending March 20 with China committing to purchase 8 million bushels of sorghum. Total commitments were 14.4 million bushels with a large amount of commitments by unknown destinations.

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Of all the major crops grown in the United States, grain sorghum clearly has the widest range of seeding rates. Depending on the region of the country, and to a lesser extent within a region, seeding rates can vary from 20,000 to 120,000 seeds per acre.

Two experienced sorghum agronomists, even from the same region, are likely to offer two different recommendations for any given set of conditions, largely due to the ability of the sorghum plant to adapt to its environment.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominees for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board to fill five vacant producer positions, including one to represent Kansas, one to represent Texas and three at-large positions. The deadline for nominations is …

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state’s five grain commodity commissions—corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat—in districts four, five and six in the central region of the state.

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Farmers and ranchers have about three weeks to lock in one financial tool that can assist them in stabilizing their bottom line over the next five years.

In recent weeks, Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University Extension professionals have been adding the latest information on estimated prices for wheat, corn, soybeans and sorghum on Ag Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2019-20 and 2020-21. During a Feb. 13 update at the Ford County Fair Building, Dodge City, Kansas, an update was provided by the county’s Extension office in partnership with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Reduced and no-till cropping systems have become increasingly important as sorghum growers recognize the benefits of these systems to soil health, sustainability, yield and profitability in many regions of the United States.

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A recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study greenhouse gas emissions is expected to help sorghum farmers save money and improve the industry’s sustainable field management practices.

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The National Sorghum Producers recently awarded U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., with the Sorghum Congressional Award for 2019, the organization’s top honor for individuals who work diligently for the sorghum producers they represent and for achievements in creating and implementing fa…

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