Some Oklahoma crop producers might need to reassess their herbicide-application options given the current state of their fields, according to Oklahoma State University Extension recommendations.
Similar to people, the sorghum plant is greatly influenced during its early development on what it is going to be later in life. How it is treated and what it experiences in its first 30 days will impact its health and potential yield afterward.
To establish a solid foundation for high yield the first objective is to obtain a healthy, uniform stand at the correct plant population for a given environment. Good moisture conditions and adequate nutrition close the germinating seed is critical. Since roots have not yet expanded a starter fertilizer will often help in establishment. Read more
The National Sorghum Producers, Lubbock, Texas, will begin accepting entries for the 2021 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. Yield contestants are split into east and west regions for each division. Read more
Building upon an existing conservation and working lands partnership, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is pleased to announce the United Sorghum Checkoff Program as the organization’s newest national sponsor. Promoting farm-level sustainability and profitability for sorghum growers in the Great Plains, the organizations are committed to showcasing the nexus between upland bird habitats and sorghum production. Read more
U.S. Department of Agriculture data issued April 15 show U.S. sorghum exports the previous week were a record breaking 33.9 million bushels, topping the previous record by more than 10 million bushels, which took place in August 2020. The top destination was China. Read more
Farming is full of processes. A process for planting. Another for harvest. A custom harvester does what works for him and is best for his customers. Read more
Texas row crop producers might have the luxury of choosing between sorghum, corn and cotton as all three commodities are seeing high prices with the 2021 planting season underway, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more
The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association announced plans for sorghum hybrid test plots across the state in 2021. NeSPA will once again sponsor a sorghum hybrid plot near Trenton, Nebraska. The plot will be administered and hosted by NGSB Chairman Mike Baker. Read more
Longtime growers of grain sorghum realize it is imperative to get pre-emergence herbicide right. Because post-emergence herbicide options are limited, it is better to be certain fields start out clean and conditions are as good as they can be for successful pre-emergence weed control. Read more
For years, Kansas has outpaced all other states as the top producer of grain sorghum, and growers have a resource to help keep it that way. Read more
Commodity Classic, the largest farmer led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience, looked a little different as it was held in a virtual platform due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The event celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and the digital format allowed the directors to offer over 50 educational sessions to attendees—more than any other year at Commodity Classic. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
As producers begin planning for their new cropping season, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released the 2021 District 1 Texas Crop and Livestock Budgets and an updated 2021 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer budgeting tool. Read more
Large perennial grasses like miscanthus are a primary target for use as bioenergy crops because of their sustainability advantages, but they take several years to establish and aren’t ideal for crop rotation. Maize and other annual crops are easier to manage with traditional farming, but they are tougher on the environment. Read more
The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association's annual meeting will be held virtually on Jan. 29, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central time. Consider joining in to hear and engage in policy and market updates. Read more
Experts knew 2020 was filled with many challenges for Texas and Oklahoma farmers, but the full picture is just now starting to become clear.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its Annual Crop Production report for the Southern Plains, Jan. 12. Data was collected during the December 2020 Agriculture Survey.
A bright spot for Texas farmers was the sorghum crop. Read more
UPL announces that the Environmental Protection Agency has granted approval for IMIFLEX Herbicide, the companion herbicide for igrowth, the first non-GMO, commercially available herbicide-resistant technology for grain sorghum from Alta Seeds. For the first time, sorghum growers have the ability to control weed pressures during the growing season, giving growers the ability to realize the full potential of their sorghum crop. Read more
Unlike grain sorghum, there are only a few forage sorghum hybrids that have sugarcane aphid tolerance. With the exception of these few, at best, all we can say is that certain hybrids are less susceptible than others.
On a positive note, companies have been working to incorporate SCA tolerance into their forage sorghum, particularly those used for silage. It is expected that SCA-tolerant silage sorghum hybrids will be introduced to market in the coming years. Read more
Approximately 7% of the American population has celiac disease or sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat and rye. Similarly, 10% to 35% of all Americans are either diabetic or prediabetic, and thus must continuously monitor their blood sugar levels. Read more
As with many of the state’s commodities, Arkansas corn, wheat and other feed grains took 2020 on the chin. Read more
The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association hosted a series of roundtable meetings across western Kansas Dec. 1 and 2 with a positive message in light of an uptick in price. Read more
Kansas State University researchers are tracking the nitrous oxide emissions associated with grain sorghum production and the effect on the carbon intensity score—a measure of how much carbon and carbon dioxide equivalent it takes to produce a bushel of grain. Read more
“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. Read more
Commodity Classic has announced it will transition its annual conference and trade show, originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas, to an alternative digital format. Read more
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 precision agricultural tools and a mix of red and white/yellow sorghum varieties. Read more
The Port of Brownsville is reclaiming its status as a major exporter of agricultural products after receiving a $14.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to improve efficiency and safety of its grain storage and loading facilities. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
One of the strengths of grain sorghum following grain harvest is that the remaining residue, known as stover, serves as a great groundcover during the winter or can be used for grazing or harvested as hay. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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 event Aug. 12. Read more