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High Plains Journal - Sorghum
Monday, March 8th, 2021
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Appearances can be deceiving

By Kylene Scott

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

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New technologies aid weed control in grain sorghum

By Kylene Scott

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

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Sorghum and stalk lodging

By Brent Bean

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

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Planting dates and water use for sorghum in the southern Plains

By Lacey Newlin

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

KGSPA holds annual meeting virtually

By Kylene Scott

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

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