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Rainfall events over the last 30 days improved soil moisture levels for drought-stricken parts of the state but also left standing water and soggy, saturated soil conditions in others, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. Read more

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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

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Boron is not part of a normal soil test; in fact, it’s not part of an expanded soil test. Logically then, most farmers have no idea how much boron is in their soil, or even that’s a nutrient of any concern. Read more

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Sorghum acres are expected to be up this year as prices and increased export demand have made the crop a hot commodity, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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The 2020 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Forage Sorghum Silage Trial near Bushlandconsisted of 71 sorghum hybrids including forage sorghums, sorghum-Sudan grasses and grain sorghum hybrids. Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A goal of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s board of directors is to increase the value of grain sorghum by providing end users with desired quality attributes. One attribute that has shown promise is waxy sorghum. So what is waxy sorghum? Read more

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“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

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Jocelyn Holt, a doctorate candidate in the Department of Entomology of Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, understands it is easier to win a battle when you know what weapons your enemies have in their arsenal. Read more

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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

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According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Oct. 25, the following sorghum conditions were reported: Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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