Kansas State guides program to bolster sorghum production

The program's goal is to increase the average national yield of sorghum from 61.95 bushels per acre to 100 bushels per acre by 2025. | File photo

A cooperative agreement, known as the Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program, will start Friday between the Sorghum Checkoff, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Kansas State University.

It will operate through the Center for Sorghum Improvement at Kansas State.

“After more than a year of planning and orchestrating, the Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program is now a reality,” Sorghum Checkoff Executive Director Florentino Lopez said. “This program will serve as a platform aimed at reaching the Sorghum Checkoff’s mission of investing checkoff dollars to increase producer profitability and enhance the sorghum industry. This program helps by aligning many resources to meet the needs of sorghum farmers throughout the U.S.”

The program's goal is to increase the average national yield of sorghum from 61.95 bushels per acre to 100 bushels per acre by 2025. The program plans to do this by researching areas including over-the-top grass control, yield improvements involving breeding program developments, and field-level management techniques.

“This agreement will provide a valuable investment in long-term sorghum research,” Stephen Bigge, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission chairman, said. “Sorghum producers will benefit from the advancement of sorghum technology for many years to come.”

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