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High Plains Journal - Sorghum
Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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Sorghum basis higher than corn, for once

By Kylene Scott

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. Read more

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Kansas sorghum farmers see opportunities

By Jennifer M. Latzke

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 Sorghum U/Wheat U, Aug. 12.

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Finding the right production strategy continues to evolve for panelists

By Dave Bergmeier

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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Viewing sorghum from a different angle

By Lacey Newlin

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 putting sorghum in a box that restricts its capabilities to be a high-yielding crop.

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Sorghum news you may have missed

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Harvesting quality grain sorghum

By Brent Bean

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

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Bin-busting year for corn and soybeans?

By David Murray

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Aug. 20 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, sorghum production was forecast 44 million bushels higher, with the yield 9.1 bushels per acre above last month’s historical median yield. Sorghum export estimates were raised, reflecting an increase in the expected number of shipments to China. Read more

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Midseason grain sorghum management

By Brent Bean

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 Plains, mid-Atlantic region and other growing areas. Read more

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