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Seminar eyes opportunities & risks for grain sorghum

Grain sorghum uses less water than some crops, can give growers a beneficial rotational mix and has a ready market here, producers learned Tuesday.

Growers can increase their grain production through a number of measures, said Cody Daft, a field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer.

They include planting early,  using irrigation carefully, monitoring seed usage, using hybrid seeds, monitoring soil moisture, using  optimal amounts of nutrients, better managing weeds and insects, and using no-till or little tilling methods.

Sorghum is a tough crop that originated in the tropics, Daft said, noting that a hot West Texas summer can still stress plants.

Researchers are close to creating a seed that is largely herbicide resistant.

‘It’s not going to be the silver bullet,’ he cautioned. ‘The exciting thing about that is that it’s in the near term.’

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