Wet Weather Sends Planters to the Shed

Kelly Marshall

It’s discouraging when the writer in the family is busier than the farmer, but if your planter was in the shed this week take solace– so was ours.  And since misery loves company, here’s the latest USDA report showing national corn planting progress falling behind last year and the five year average. Texans are doing well, with more than 60 percent planted and …

Corn, Cotton, Planting, Sorghum, Soybeans, USDA

Sorghum Partners Powered by Chromatin

Cindy Zimmerman

Sorghum is gaining in popularity thanks to new and improved hybrids being developed by Chromatin, your Sorghum Partners. We had the opportunity to chat with Chromatin Vice President for Research & Development Scott Staggenborg at Commodity Classic last week to find out what is new with sorghum and how the crop is being grown in new areas from a company …

Audio, Commodity Classic, seed, Sorghum, Video

Announcements from Sorghum, Wheat at #Classic17

Kelly Marshall

National Sorghum Checkoff Program opened Commodity Classic with a big announcement– their partnership with DuPont Pioneer has yielded results. “Today I’m pleased to share with you that, as a result of that partnership, we’ve made a discovery that is the first step, the first hurdle cleared in accelerating the sorghum breeding process,” said Cleve Franks, sorghum research scientist at DuPont Pioneer. …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, NAWG, Sorghum

Wheat and Sorghum Producers Honor Sen. Roberts

Cindy Zimmerman

The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee was honored by both wheat and sorghum producers this week in Washington. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) was presented with the National Sorghum Producers 2017 “Friend of Sorghum” Congressional Award in recognition of his long-running work representing the U.S. Sorghum producers. “Senator Roberts is a formidable champion for U.S. farmers,” said Don Bloss, NSP …

Government, Sorghum, wheat

Danforth Center Expands Research Program

Kelly Marshall

An effort to optimize breeding for grain sorghum in Sub-Saharan Africa has received a boost in the amount of $6.1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The funds will go towards the TERRA-REF program at the Danforth Center to expand and accelerate development and use of advanced sorghum phenotyping and breeding technologies for smallholder farmers. “The Gates Foundation …

Research, Sorghum

S&W Commences Commercial-Sale Sorghum Production

Kelly Marshall

S&W Seed Company has begun a new venture into commercial-scale production of hybrid grain sorghum and hybrid forage sorghum seed. The move towards sorghum is the result of consumer demand for gluten-free, non-GMO and whole grains that the grain provides. S&W acquired the operations of SV Genetics (“SVG”) sorghum program in May 2016 with the goal of advancing deployment of the …

seed, Sorghum

Chromatin is Focused on #Sorghum

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the S’s in ASTA CSS stands for sorghum and one of the sponsors for this year’s American Seed Trade Association 71st Corn & Sorghum Seed Research Conference 46th Soybean Seed Research Conference and Seed Expo is a company that’s all about sorghum. “Chromatin is a sorghum-focused company – we only work in sorghum,” said Charles Miller, Chromatin vice …

ASTA, Audio, seed, Sorghum

Alta Seeds Bringing Sorghum Innovation at #NAFB16

Kelly Marshall

It’s Travis Kidd’s responsibility to bring commercial hybrids from the research stage into the marketplace for Alta Seeds. Considering they’re the largest provider of genetics in forage and grain sorghum in the country, he’s the guy you want to talk to when it comes to what’s new in Sorghum. Alta is excited about two new traits that will make life …

Agribusiness, NAFB, Research, Sorghum, Traits

Iteris adds Sunflowers, Sorghum to Growth Models

Lizzy Schultz

Iteris, Inc. recently announced the addition of growth models for sunflower and sorghum crops into ClearAg, its digital agriculture platform, allowing ClearAg APIs to be more integrated in order to inform science-based insights for optimizing productivity, resource management and plant health for 10 species of crops that represent more than two billion metric tons of global annual production. “Our software …

Agribusiness, Data, Iteris, Sorghum

DuPont Pioneer Advances Biofortification of Sorghum

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer and Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International are excited about a new sorghum breakthrough.  Researchers have found that increasing vitamin E and beta-carotene in the grain improves the availability and longevity of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body.  For nations with a prevalence of vitamin A deficiency, this finding could be especially meaningful. “For children up …

Agribusiness, biotechnology, Dupont Pioneer, Sorghum