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The 43rd annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is set for Aug. 27 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.

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Texas A&M researchers believe the development of climate-smart crops is the key to improving nitrogen-use efficiency and reducing fertilizer nitrogen loss in agricultural fields.

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Romulo Lollato and Jourdan Bell will be headlining sessions you won’t want to miss Aug. 14 at the Sorghum U/Wheat U event at the Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane, Kansas. 

The combined event will give wheat and sorghum producers practical learning opportunities they can take home to implement on their own fields.

Lollato, assistant professor, wheat and forages, Kansas State University, will walk wheat producers through the latest practical research that they can take back to their farms in the coming year to improve their yield and quality production goals. 

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Agronomists often divide sorghum into three growth stages.

Growth stage I begins with emergence and continues to panicle initiation, lasting approximately 35 days. During this stage, the sorghum plant can withstand significant stress from environmental conditions or pests without effecting yield because new leaves are being produced to replace damaged leaves and the growing point is below or very near the soil surface allowing it to avoid direct injury. Growth stage II begins with panicle initiation and continues to half-bloom, also lasting approximately 35 days. Growth stage III begins with half-bloom and continues until the grain reaches maturity. This column focuses on GS II.

 

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The production of food and fiber consumes 70 percent of the world’s water, placing a burden on farmers to increase water productivity and efficiency. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research awarded a $1 million Seeding Solutions grant to Kansas State University to increase water-eff…

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While rainfall is important for crop production, the amounts falling across the High Plains have negatively impacted row crops and agricultural operations, with potential effects extending into the summer growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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Due to excessive rainfall and other adverse weather conditions, many growers may be looking for an alternative crop. Although optimum planting dates for grain sorghum may have passed in many regions, growers typically can plant sorghum later than other crops and still make an acceptable yield at a lower risk.

Input costs are less than most other crops. For example, sorghum seed typically costs $9 to $18 per acre depending on seeding rate, while corn seed typically costs $55 to 110 an acre depending on seeding rate and traits.

Grain sorghum can provide a number of benefits to growers, not only this year but next year. Growers typically receive a yield benefit for soybeans, cotton and corn when planted after sorghum. In addition, sorghum’s root system often can penetrate compacted soils and reduce diseases and nematodes that plague other crops. After harvest, sorghum stalks can provide excellent fodder for cattle grazing during the winter or provide ground cover and residue going into the spring.

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National Sorghum Producers and the Sorghum Checkoff are working diligently to provide information on sorghum to growers looking for plant options who have been impacted by adverse weather.

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Grain sorghum is one crop option that can provide opportunity to growers in regions impacted by historically adverse weather during the 2019 planting season. As wet conditions persist for farmers across the U.S., producers calculating options as major crop plant deadlines loom need to keep t…

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National Sorghum Producers Chairman Dan Atkisson stood alongside President Donald Trump, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway and other farm and ranch representatives at an announcement ceremony May 23 concerning the a…

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Adam York has joined Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association as the director of programs. York has over half a decade of legislative experience working as legislative director to Congressman Steve Watkins and deputy chief of staff to Congresswoman Lynn …

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For many growers, 2019 has been a challenging year for planting and growing crops in a weed-free environment. Grain sorghum, in particular, is greatly dependent on a successful pre-emergence program. If pre-emergence herbicides were not applied or not effective due to weather conditions, gro…

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One directorship on the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board is open for appointment. The appointment will fill directorship to represent District 3. The term for the members currently filling these seats will expire July 1. The filing deadline is no later than 5 p.m. June 12. District 3 includes th…

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A team of Mexican end-users visited cooperatives, elevators and farmers in Texas and Kansas late last month as part of back-and-forth trade missions organized by the U.S. Grains Council to discuss opportunities for direct sales of U.S. sorghum into Mexico.

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The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board will hold its next meeting June 5 at the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln. This meeting is open to the public. 

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Much of the sorghum crop isn’t even in the ground yet, but it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming pest season.

Sugarcane aphids have been prevalent the last few years, first coming on the scene in 2013. It’s a relatively new pest to sorghum in the United States, and according to the Sorghum Checkoff, it is capable of causing substantial damage to the crop if left unmanaged. It is important for producers to be proactive and constantly scout for and monitor the pest because early detection is critical to minimize the aphid’s harmful effects.

The sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari, will only survive and multiply significantly in sorghum genotypes, including Johnsongrass, shattercane, sorghum-sudangrass, sudangrass, forage sorghum and grain sorghum. This type of aphid struggles to survive on other crops—corn, cotton, soybeans or wheat. It’s often distributed by the wind.

J.P. Michaud, entomology professor with Kansas State University, told producers in early February there’s been a lot of focus on aphids in sorghum. 

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Growers never like to complain about too much of a good thing, and rain and snow certainly fall under this category. However, snow and rain caused problems for growers throughout several regions of the United States in late 2018 and early 2019.

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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.

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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 …

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The Missouri Strip Trial Program continues to seek farmers for the upcoming growing season, says University of Missouri Extension nutrient management specialist John Lory.

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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…

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The cost of planting grain sorghum is much less expensive than other crops, primarily because of seed price.

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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.

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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…

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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 …

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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. 

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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