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…
A University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist has received nearly $430,000 for research that could lead to a better understanding of sorghum’s natural defenses against fall armyworm.
Recent rains across much of Oklahoma have been timely for producers looking to plant another crop in their fields after harvesting wheat.
S&W Seed Company, a global agricultural company with a leading position in sorghum through its Sorghum Partners brand, and ADAMA, one of the world's leading crop protection companies, announced they have entered into a collaboration agreement to bring to market a new weed management syst…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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 …
Although growers have already planted grain sorghum in parts of Texas, growers in much of the Plains and other regions of the country will be planting sorghum over the next few weeks. To successfully grow sorghum, a pre-emergence weed control program is essential.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.
BASF, in partnership with industry-leading commodity associations, including the American Soybean Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Sorghum Foundation and the National Wheat Foundation, awarded academic scholarships to eight agriculture students who have shown …
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 …
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.
U.S. Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey answered questions from members of the National Sorghum Producers board of directors Feb. 26 at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
On Feb. 25 just in time for the 2020 Commodity Classic, S&W Seed Company and ADAMA announced their intent to collaborate on the development of a new sorghum herbicide-tolerant system. This collaboration is expected to bring innovation to sorghum growers and improve weed control and yields.
Farmers for a Sustainable Future, a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability, launched on Feb. 19. Twenty-one grower advocacy groups, including National Sorghum Producers, are members of the coalition.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Something that could take up to a half dozen years to complete can now be developed in a couple of years. In the plant-breeding world, it’s nothing short of a small miracle.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties will host the Northeast Panhandle Summer Crops Conference Feb. 20 at the Frank Phillips College Allen Campus, 2314 S. Jefferson St., Perryton.
At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Feb. 3 announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The…
On the heels of a record setting Kansas Corn Symposium, the Kansas Commodity Classic convened producers from across the state in Manhattan on Jan. 24.
A full day of learning and networking, the event featured presentations that covered pressing issues in agriculture by industry professionals and academia. The unspoken theme of the day was that of perseverance and kicked off with a breakdown of recent farm bill changes and their impacts on Kansas farming operations.
Three K-State Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in late January 2020 to provide in-depth training for sorghum producers and key stakeholders. The schools are sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, Agwest Commodities, Advanta Seeds, and ShieldAg Equipment.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Randall County will conduct the annual Pre-Plant Producer Update Meeting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.
The Sorghum Checkoff is accepting applications for Leadership Sorghum Class V, a program designed to develop the next generation of sorghum leaders.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss and Price Loss Coverage programs. March 15, 2020, is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year.
Pioneer brand sorghum hybrids continued their commanding performance in the National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. Farmers who grew Pioneer brand sorghum represented 88% of all national first-, second- and third-place winners and earned 6 of 9 first-place national honors in the 2019 contest.
Knowing how to grow a crop is important, but learning how to market that crop is equally vital to surviving in today’s agricultural climate. That’s what feed grain and cotton producers should focus on going into 2020, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.
Technology changes rapidly in every aspect of life. For farmers, keeping up with all changes in equipment, analysis methods and best practices can make a major difference in their productivity and, ultimately, their bottom line.
From aerial crop-monitoring drones to driverless tractors, the present and future of Kansas agriculture takes center stage at the Kansas Agricultural Technologies Conference Jan. 16 to 17 at the Geary County Convention Center, 310 Hammons Dr., in Junction City.
The conference is sponsored by the Kansas Ag Research & Technology Association and K-State Research and Extension.
All Kansas farmers are invited to the Kansas Commodity Classic on Jan. 24, 2020. The Kansas Commodity Classic is the annual convention of Kansas' top crops—corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybeans, and will take place at the K-State Alumni Center, Manhattan, Kansas, with registration and breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thanks to the generous support of the Kansas corn, wheat, grain sorghum and soybean associations and our sponsors, registration is free for farmers and friends.
The Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association together with the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Extension announce the 2020 Sorghum Symposium to be held Jan. 30, 2020, at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, 404 E 7th Street, Curtis, NE 69025. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released an updated 2020 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer budgeting tool just in time to help Texas High Plains producers plan for the new year, said Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist in Amarillo.
Many growers will be glad to see 2019 behind them. To say 2019 was a stressful year is an understatement. Weather conditions were simply not conducive for crop production in many regions of the country. However, grain sorghum actually had a decent year compared to some of the other crops. Its ability to withstand short periods of drought and high temperatures allowed the crop to produce a good yield across many areas.
A new study that examines the genetics behind the bitter taste of some sorghum plants and one of Africa’s most reviled bird species illustrates how human genetics, crops and the environment influence one another in the process of plant domestication.
Recently the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association posted the yield results from its field day demonstration plot on the Mike Baker farm near Trenton.