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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board has scheduled a meeting for March 20 at the Ramada Midtown, 2503 South Locust Street, Grand Island.  The meeting will convene at 9 a.m.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following sorghum conditions for the week ending Dec. 2:

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Agricultural producers and others interested in learning the latest information about best crop production practices for southwestern Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains should register now to attend the Jan. 22 to 23, 2020, Red River Crops Conference in Altus.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following sorghum conditions for the week ending Nov. 24:

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following sorghum conditions for the week ending Nov. 18:

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In many parts of the High Plains, farmers are looking for a way to make the most of the water they have available, whether it is through irrigation or Mother Nature.

In many parts of the High Plains, farmers are looking for a way to make the most of the water they have available, whether it is through irrigation or Mother Nature.

Jourdan Bell, assistant professor of agronomy, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo, Texas, said with silages it’s even more complicated. Bell spoke Aug. 14 at the Sorghum U/Wheat U event held in Mulvane, Kansas. The event was sponsored by High Plains Journal.

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Plant scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, in their search for solutions to global food production challenges, have doubled the amount of grains that a sorghum plant can yield.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following sorghum conditions for the week ending Nov. 10:

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National Sorghum Producers recently announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas. The partnership will be executed through a conservation collaboration grant that will document sorghum farmer practices to promote positive co…

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According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Oct. 20, sorghum conditions were as follows in the High Plains Journal coverage area:

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The unusually cool, wet weather throughout much of the United States this spring resulted in more grain sorghum acres planted later than normal. Late-planted sorghum, like any other summer crop, runs the risk of reduced yield and quality due to an early freeze prior to maturity.

Fortunately, high temperatures in August and September across several regions helped late-planted sorghum mature quicker than expected.

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Justin Knopf of Knopf Farms near Gypsum, Kansas, is a fifth-generation farmer and a partner in a diversified operation that grows wheat, alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and sorghum.

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The National Sorghum Producers board of directors recently elected Doug Keesling of Chase, Kansas, and re-elected three board members who started serving their three-year terms on Oct.1. Officers were also elected.

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Texas has a long history of growing cotton. It’s a resilient crop, able to withstand big swings in temperature fairly well. However, growing cotton in the same fields year after year can be a bad idea. Nutrients can get depleted. Disease can lurk in the ground during the winter season, only …

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue called the signing of the new United States-Japan Trade Agreement “a particularly big win for our farmers and ranchers.”

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According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Sept. 22, sorghum conditions were as follows in the High Plains Journal coverage area:

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Growers who enter the National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest by Oct. 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card and NSP cap. National Sorghum Producers encourages growers across the Sorghum Belt to get their entries in before harvest season arrives in many parts of the Sorghu…

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When Hennig Brandt discovered the element phosphorus in 1669, it was a mistake. He was really looking for gold. But his mistake was a very important scientific discovery. What Brandt couldn’t have realized was the importance of phosphorus to the future of farming.

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Texas A&M AgriLife sorghum research may be known for its development of sorghum for animal feed and energy sectors, but cereal eaters across the nation are learning about its contributions to healthier human foods.

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It’s been over 100 years since the Kansas State University Southwest Research-Extension Center was established in Garden City, Kansas, and researchers have found what works in their part of the state.

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National Sorghum Producers, Lubbock, Texas, has launched an enhanced version of SorghumGrowers.com with a refreshed brand and focus on increased grassroots engagement. The website offers an easy-to-use advocacy platform for enhanced member engagement along with the latest news and issues imp…

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Colorado State University Extension invites you to attend one of our Colorado Sorghum Field Days to see new and traditional hybrids side-by-side in trial plots. We will discuss hybrid characteristics, agronomy, and marketing. The field days will be held on Sept. 9 at Akron; Sept. 10 at Walsh…

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