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.
Our hearts are with those growers in Nebraska whom have experienced the detrimental effects of flooding and suboptimal moisture conditions. We are proud of the countless acts of heroism displayed between neighbors, both locally and from far away. We are truly Nebraska Strong.
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 …
The Missouri Strip Trial Program continues to seek farmers for the upcoming growing season, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory.
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…
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.
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…
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 …
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Ochiltree, Hansford and Lipscomb counties will host the Northeast Panhandle Grain Sorghum Conference Feb. 26 at the Ochiltree County Expo Building, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton.
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…
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.
When one country is considering importing grain from another, the list of concerns and coordination can be long. Rising to the top of the list is often the threat—perceived or real—of importing new pathogens and pests from the exporting country.
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.
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…
Grain sorghum production is highly susceptible to changes in climatic conditions, more so than to different irrigation regiments a producer might implement on the crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research modeling study.
The 2017-2018 issue of the Research Series: Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Performance Tests has been loaded to the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station research publications page at http://arkansas-ag-news.uark.edu/research-series.aspx.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
After a slow start because of weather, Arkansas’ corn crop tied its fourth-highest state average yield and grain sorghum crop yields are within the normal average range for recent years, said Jason Kelley, extension agronomist for wheat and feed grains.
The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association announces its annual scholarship, to be awarded to a graduating high school senior or to a student currently enrolled in post-high school education, is increased to $500.
Kevin Donnelly, Ph.D., was honored for his support of the National Sorghum Foundation scholarship program in October following a Center for Sorghum Improvement Seminar at Kansas State University.
The General Session at Commodity Classic is one of the most highly rated experiences during the three-day farmer-driven event—and the 2019 version promises to be as well.
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…
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.
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.
Registration for America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience officially opens at 10 a.m. Central on Nov. 14.
The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board will hold its next meeting Nov. 28 and 29 at the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln. The board will meet jointly with the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association on Nov. 28 for strategic and succession planning. If needed, the b…
National Sorghum Producers board of directors Chairman Dan Atkinson has appointed four new members to the NSP Legislative Committee and a new committee chairman. The new chairman of the NSP Legislative Committee is board Vice Chairman Kody Carson of Olton, Texas. In addition to Carson, new m…
Bioenergy or high biomass sorghum can be grown in water-stressed situations and still produce good yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study being conducted at Bushland and in Kansas.
Two teams of feed grain industry importers—from South America and China—are heading to the southern U.S. to meet with suppliers and exporters of U.S. corn, its co-products and sorghum.
According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, for the week ending Oct. 21 sorghum conditions were as follows in the Midwest Ag/High Plains Journal coverage area:
With summer crops harvested and wheat planted, growers’ thoughts turn to the selection of different crops they should plant for the 2019 growing season. Growers should consider adding grain sorghum to the mix—and for good reason.
Grain sorghum is a drought-tolerant crop that is inexpensive to grow compared to other crops. Based on 2018 Crop Enterprise Budgets from the University of Arkansas, the net operating expenses for dryland sorghum are $64 less than soybeans, $184 less than corn or peanuts and $240 less than cotton.
Unfortunately, increased management costs for sugarcane aphid control have played a role in the decrease in grain sorghum acreage grown since 2015, particularly in the mid-South, Delta and mid-Atlantic regions. However, the industry has come a long way in identifying hybrids with aphid tolerance and developing management strategies for control, making sugarcane aphids much less of a problem in the last two years than in 2015 and 2016. Nature also has its way of dealing with new pests over time as beneficial insects adjust to a new food source.
USDA Kansas Farm Service Agency Executive Director David Schemm announced that approximately $283,670,959 has been paid to Kansas farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for 2017 market downturns.
Gov. Pete Ricketts recently announced reappointment of Michael Baker, from Trenton, to serve another three-year term on the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. Baker was initially appointed to the Board in 2012 and represents District 4, which includes counties in the western portion of the state.
The United Sorghum Checkoff Program and National Sorghum Producers launched the first installment of their joint podcast, Sorghum Smart Talk, on Oct. 8. The podcast will primarily be hosted by John Duff, renewables program director for the Sorghum Checkoff and strategic business director for NSP.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage sorghum trials west of Amarillo provide a side-by-side comparison of varieties for farmers trying to meet increasing silage needs in the High Plains.